Dr. James (Jim) Lane

Program Chair

Professor of Education | Elementary Education

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A native South Carolinian, Dr. Lane has been at Columbia College for over 20 years in the Division of Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia College, Dr. Lane was an elementary teacher (grades 3, 4, 5 and 6), served as an assistant principal for special education services and was an elementary school principal for six years. He received a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, an Education Specialist degree and a Doctorate all from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Lane enjoys traveling, spending time on the coast, listening to live music, and attending college athletic events – Go Koalas and Go Gamecocks! Dr. Lane also enjoys living in downtown Columbia. 

Awards & Accomplishments

  • SC Early Childhood Association Mentoring Award | 2017-18
  • SECA (Southern Early Childhood Association) Rich Scofield Memorial Scholarship | 2018
  • Students’ Choice Award Nominee | 2017-18
  • Student Choice Award Winner | 2017
  • SC Early Childhood Association 2016 Rosemary Althouse Higher Education Award
  • SC Early Childhood Associaion 2016 District 7 Outstanding Member Award
  • Palmetto State Teacher’s Association Member Service Award | 2015
  • SC Early Childhood Association District 7 Outstanding Member | 2014-2015
  • SC Early Childhood Association’s Rosemary Althouse Higher Education Award | 2014-2015

What’s your favorite thing about living in Columbia?

My favorite thing about living in Columbia is watching the renaissance of the downtown area of the city. The influx of students, young professionals and retirees has led to a rebirth of the city, and it’s exciting to read about new businesses, restaurants, and other gathering places opening all the time. It’s an exciting time to be in “famously hot, surprisingly cool” Columbia!