Joyce Fields

Dr. Joyce Fields

Program Chair

Professor of Child & Family Studies

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Joyce Fields received her B.S. from Longwood College in Virginia, her M.S. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and her Ph. D. from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Fields joined the faculty of Columbia College in the fall of 1999 and teaches courses in family development, sociology, child and family intervention, aging, and social policy, and gerontology. As program chair and advisor for the Child and Family Studies program, she instituted the program with particular emphasis on services to children and families and family policy preparing students for graduate study in family law. Experiential learning is embedded in all child and family studies courses allowing students at least six field experiences prior to graduation. Her collaborative work with students has resulted in international, national and regional presentations. In 2007 Dr. Fields received the SC Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Professor of the Year award. She won the Student Advisor of the Year Award in 2010 and has twice been recognized as Honors Professor of the Year. She brings to the college her clinical experiences as a Marriage and Family Therapist, including numerous workshops and seminars for family members as well as for the development of other professionals. She has published in the areas of conflict resolution, women’s leadership, sociological pedagogy, faculty mentorship, and curriculum development.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Nominated, Columbia College Faculty Excellence Award, 2005-2006, 2014-2015, 2015- 2016
  • Service-learning award for SC Commission on Higher Education | 2013
  • Student Association Advisor of the Year, Columbia College | 2010
  • Elected National Secretary of Groves Conference, Research Fellows in Family Life Honors Faculty Member of the Year | 2006-2007
  • Recipient, SCICU Teaching Award for Columbia College | 2007
  • Nominated, Columbia College Faculty Excellence Award | 2005-2006
  • Honors Faculty Member of the Year | 2003-2004
  • Selected as a member of Groves Conference, Research Fellows in Family Life Omicron Nu, National Graduate Honorary in Home Economics


  • Fields, Joyce (2017) "Editor's Notes," The International Undergraduate Journal for Service- Learning, Leadership, and Social Change. Vol. 7: Is. 1.
  • Fields, J. W., & Rosenthal, R. (2017). A Model for Assessing Reflection Early in the Academic Experience: A Genesis Point for Learning and Leadership. Academy of Educational Leadership Journal. Allied Academies.
  • Fields, J. W., & Laff, N. S. (2016). Developmental Mentoring: Connecting the Dots. In S. S. Pec (Ed.). Twenty How-tos for Teaching and Learning. Rapid Intellect Group. Stuyvesant Falls, NY.
  • Fields, J. W., Thompson, K.C. & Hawkins, J. (2015). Servant leadership in the helping professions. Journal of Leadership Education, v. 14, 4.
  • Fields, J.W., Thompson, K.C., & Huisman, S. (2015). Lives-as-Text: Assigning Self-Narrative to Inform Learning. In K. Brakke & JA Housda (Eds.). Telling stories: The art and science of storytelling as an instructional strategy. Retrieved from the Societ
  • Fields, J. W., Laff, N.S., & Rosenthal, R. (2015) Developmental mentoring: Connecting the dots. Academic Exchange Quarterly, v. 19, 2.
  • Laff, N. & Fields, J.W. (2015) Service-learning, Vocational Exploration-as-Action, and the Call to Civic Engagement. In Delano-Oriaran, O., Penick-Parks, M. & Fondrie, S. (eds). The SAGE Sourcebook of Service-learning and Civic Engagement. Los Angeles,