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Dr. Tywana Chenault Hemby


Program Chair

Dean | Division of Social Sciences, Program Chair of Behavioral Science; Interim Dean | Division of Business, Leadership, and Communication


Tywana Chenault Hemby, Ph.D. comes to Columbia College most recently as a tenured professor and the Dean of The School of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at Voorhees University in Denmark, SC. With a passion for teaching and learning, she has been recognized with awards such as the Excellence in Teaching Award from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. She is also an accomplished workshop presenter, covering topics such as effective teaching strategies, utilizing technology in education, addressing racial trauma in educational spaces, fostering student achievement, and promoting critical literacy. As the first African American female to chair the advisory board for The Teaching Professor Conference, she is a trailblazer in higher education. Dr. Chenault Hemby holds a bachelor's degree from Voorhees University, a master's degree in Education from Troy University, and a doctoral degree in Psychology from Capella University with teaching certification in Higher Education from Harvard University. She is a dedicated wife and mother of four, actively involved in her community and various professional and service organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., South Carolina Women in Higher Education, and the National Association of Parliamentarians.