Provost honors graduates, advisors

Provost Michael D. Amiridis and Dr. Argiri Aggelopoulou-Amiridis hosted the 2nd Annual Tenure-Track Placement Dinner on April 29 at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library to celebrate doctoral candidates from the class of 2013-2014 who have already landed tenure-track faculty positions.

Although many departments honor their own students who secure these highly competitive faculty positions, this tribute stands out as one of the few institution-wide events in the country to recognize doctoral candidates who have succeeded in this endeavor. Provost Amiridis recognized graduates who are accepting tenure-track faculty positions and announced the list of institutions where, as faculty members, they will serve the next generation of college students.

The Graduate School and the Office of the Provost applaud:

Riane Bolin, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Radford University, Virginia

Kimberly Cavanagh, Anthropology
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science, University of South Carolina-Beaufort, South Carolina 

Meredith David, Business Administration
Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, Baylor University, Texas

Mariam Dekanozishvili, Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina

Tommer Hesseg, Choral Conducting
Assistant Professor, Department of Music, Haifa University, Israel

Robert Irons, Comparative Literature
Assistant Professor of Classics, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

Xiaoguang Ma, Epidemiology
Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Zhejiang University, China

Michael Majerczyk, Business Administration
Assistant Professor of Accountancy, Georgia College & State University, Georgia

James Mazzuca, Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Physical Chemistry, Alma College, Michigan

Erin Miller, Instruction and Teacher Education
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of North Carolina-Charlotte,  North Carolina

Alison McLetchie, Sociology
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Claflin University, South Carolina

Michael Odom, English
Assistant Professor of English, City University of New York – Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York

Otis Owens, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior
Assistant Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

Tyler Parry, History
Assistant Professor of African American Studies, California State University-Fullerton, California

Angel Ari Perez-Mejia, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut

Sara Peters, Experimental Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Newberry College, South Carolina

Sara Scripps, History
Assistant Professor of North American Public History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Brian Seiler, Physical Education
Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Exercise Science, Florida Southern College, Florida

Stacy Smallwood, Social Work
Assistant Professor of Community Health at Georgia Southern University, Georgia

Christian Smith, English
Assistant Professor of English, Coastal Carolina, South Carolina

Christiane Steckenbiller, Comparative Literature
Assistant Professor of German at Colorado College, Colorado

Charles Wu, Political Science
Assistant Professor of the Department of Government and International Relations, Hong Kong Baptist University –United International College, China

With Thanks 
Congratulations and special thanks also go to the following University of South Carolina faculty who served as the candidates’ advisors: Amit Almor, Lucy Annang, Brandon Applegate, Bill Bearden, Gloria Boutte, Robert Brinkmeyer, Daniela Friedman, Sophya Garashchuk, Byron Hawk, Yvonne Ivory, George Johnson, Angela Liese, Daniel Littlefield, Allison Marsh, Eva Monsma, Charles Pierce, Lawrence Rhu, Jimy Sanders, Kimberly Simmons, Mindi Spencer, Harvey Starr, Brad Tuttle, and Larry Wyatt.