August 11, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C., August 11, 2022 - Accompanying the recent, rapid growth that Columbia College has experienced, the 168-year-old institution welcomes an esteemed group of faculty and leadership to start the 2022-2023 academic year. Columbia College is excited to introduce 17 new faculty to assist in furthering the College’s mission to “prepare every student personally and professionally for success through liberal arts and professional programs emphasizing service, social justice, and leadership development.”

Columbia College Provost Kristine Barnett shared, “Columbia College is growing and thriving! With that growth comes the need to expand academic offerings by adding to our already exceptional team of educators so that we may better serve our student body. I am thrilled to welcome these new faculty members to the Columbia College family as we seek to equip our students with the tools they need to live lives of impact.”

The Division of Arts and Humanities welcomes new Dean David McCracken, Ph.D., as well as Jennifer Bailey, ’07, M.F.A.; Adam Eddy, M.F.A.; and Atinut Inhajak, A.B.D. The Division of Business, Leadership, and Communication will add Ahmet Aksoy, A.B.D. and Renee Just, Ph.D. The Division of Education welcomes Ga Kyung Jeong, A.B.D.; Stephen Kneece, M.A.; Christine Oskar-Poisson, Ed.D.; and Gretchen Whitman, Ph.D. Adrienne Oxley, Ph.D. will continue her service to the College as the new Dean of the Division of Health, Mathematics, and Sciences and is excited to welcome Avery Dingle, M.D. and Alexandra Szarabajko, A.B.D. The Division of Social Sciences welcomes Barbara Russo, Ph.D. and Alexis Scurry, M.S.W. In addition to the faculty who are joining the College’s academic divisions, Kala Dunn, M.I.S. and Daniel Stevens, M.L.S. have joined the J. Drake Edens Library faculty, and Erin Carlson, ’03, Ph.D. will serve as the Director of General Education.

Columbia College is proud to have assembled such an impressive group of educators for another year of inspiring, equipping, and leading a new generation of Koala graduates.

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