Letter from the Dean

Greetings and welcome to the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health (CoEHPH) at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

As a dean new to USC Upstate, I come to the College with excitement about the outstanding programs and learning opportunities here. I am glad to be a part of a faculty and staff who are committed to providing transformational experiences that prepare you not only for professional excellence, but also to make an impact your community and region. As a student, you will become a member of a community of learners who enjoy a climate of diversity and belonging, and you will be inspired—as we are—to cultivate this climate and culture as you move forward in your professional life. As a USC Upstate CoEHPH graduate, you will be ready to participate as professionals and citizens in a diverse and rapidly changing world.

We in the CoEHPH—along with the larger Upstate community—are committed to meeting the employment needs of the region, engaging in innovation that will lead to economic growth, and improving the quality of lives of our neighbors. We are proud to be a regional comprehensive public university, which makes us well suited to accomplish these goals. Our partnerships with school districts, local and regional agencies, and community organizations are central to our institutional mission. In addition to studying with respected, expert professors, you will engage in real-world, applied practice with professionals and partners who will prepare you to be extraordinary.

Here at USC Upstate, teaching and learning happen beyond the traditional classroom. You will work with and learn from professionals in schools, community organizations, and facilities throughout the region. The critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making skills you develop will allow you to become leaders. Our commitment is nothing less than to provide transformational experiences through relevant, innovative, field-based instruction. Why is this important? Because not only will you grow professionally and personally, but also because our partners in the region hire our graduates. They are change agents, and they are leaders. You will be, too.

Academic programs in the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health focus on developing professional skills aimed at improving the lives of others. You will receive a strong foundation for your professional practice as you acquire the skills and dispositions necessary for your success. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to student success and academic excellence, and our smaller class sizes allow faculty to use the kind of high-impact teaching practices that foster learning and growth. USC Upstate faculty are renowned for their exceptional skills in the classroom and their exemplary public scholarship and community research. At CoEHPH, teacher certification programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the South Carolina Department of Education. In addition to a wide variety of undergraduate programs, we offer graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs, including an online M.Ed. in Applied Learning and Instruction and M.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Science. Whether you are seeking to advance your career in education or simply expand your expertise, Upstate CoEHPH has a program for you!

I am excited to join the Upstate community as Dean of the College of Education, Human Performance, and Health, and I invite you to learn more about us! Explore the website; come and see us! As you explore our programs and get to know our faculty and staff, you will get a sense of the great opportunities that await you and begin to envision how studying here will prepare you for professional success. Through their innovative professional approaches to education and health, our alumni, students, staff, and faculty are making a difference in the region, state, and nation. We hope you will join us in this important work because…

Up is where we live.

Ugena Whitlock, Ph.D.

College of Education, Human Performance, and Health