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The McCausland Faculty Fellowship

The McCausland Faculty Fellowship was established as part of a $10 million endowment from College of Arts and Sciences alumnus Peter McCausland (’71) and his wife Bonnie. The three-year fellowship is available to early career faculty who bring innovation to their research and teaching. As can be seen by the fellows’ accomplishments, the benefit of this award goes far beyond its monetary value. This fellowship allows faculty to explore new areas of research and share findings in their field and beyond. Students gain from innovative courses and education opportunities outside the classroom sparked by the fellows’ creativity and dedication.


Gretchen J. Woertendyke: Associate Professor, Department of English

Professor Woertendyke published her book “Hemispheric Regionalism: Romance and the Geography of Genre” (Oxford University Press, 2016) as a McCausland Fellow. The book constructs a new literary genealogy by bringing together popular culture, fugitive slave narratives, advertisements, political treaties and fiction that centers on Haiti and Cuba. Woertendyke has begun writing and researching her next book, “A History of Secrecy in the New World,” which explores how Jacobin terror, slave conspiracy or Freemasonry are perceived as threatening. Her exploration of cultural dynamics in literature expands into the classroom where she teaches a Piracy and the Atlantic World course and an African American Literature course that drew on modern racial conflicts. In the department of English, she has started the Undergraduate Literary Society INK!

Shauna M. Cooper: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

A National Science Foundation and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development funded researcher, professor Cooper specializes in the development of African American children and adolescents. She is dedicated to translating her research into practice and programing-oriented solutions and to including historically underrepresented students as researchers. Cooper has developed a course to share her research with students. The undergraduate honors course is entitled Children and Families in Diverse Contexts, and she teaches a similar course to graduate students. As a McCausland Fellow, Cooper has taken the opportunity to share her research and programs with the wider community at conferences like the South Carolina Psychological Association’s annual conference, which focused on the psychology of racism following the 2015 shooting in Charleston.

Michael Gibbs Hill: Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literature and Culture

Before becoming a McCausland Fellow, Professor Hill published his first book “Lin Shu Ink.: Translation and the Making of Modern Chinese Culture,” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and regularly contributed as a Chinese translator. He recently returned to the classroom to study modern standard Arabic so that he could begin his next project working on the history of cultural relations between China and the Middle East. In April 2016, he conducted a one-day workshop on the topic for the Center for Asian Studies in the Walker Institute for International and Area Studies. 


Sharon DeWitte: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Biological Sciences

Professor DeWitte has used her fellowship to publish research on the health and demographic consequences of the Black Death and the context of the emergence of this first outbreak of medieval plague. This research takes on an interdisciplinary nature. She has begun new research to examine the associations between diet, migration, death and mortality in the medieval and early modern period in London. For the Department of Biological Sciences, DeWitte has planned online courses for Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II. She also mentored graduate students as they applied for National Science Foundation dissertation grants.

Sarah Schneckloth: Associate Professor, School of Visual Art and Design

Professor Schneckloth is based in the School of Visual Art and Design, but through the McCausland Fellowship, she has made research connections throughout the College of Arts and Sciences. Her research centers on the intersection of biology, geology and architecture as understood through the practice of drawing. She has mounted nine exhibitions, including solo exhibitions in New York and Chicago. Schenckloth is equally dedicated to her students, spending her time advising and mentoring students on top of studio class time. She teaches a three-week Summer Drawing Intensive.

Federica K. Clementi: Associate Professor, Department of English and Jewish Studies Program

During her time as a McCausland Fellow, Professor Clementi has completed two manuscripts: “Out of America,” a memoir of her own experiences as an emigre to the United States and “Holocaust Mothers and Daughters” (UPNE, 2013), a study of Holocaust memoirs, autobiographies and dairies by Jewish women. Her course work and her research are tied together through her personal experience and the courses she develops. For the Women and Gender Studies Program and the department of English, Clementi teaches a Women Writers course. She has also completed a screenplay, Pour la vie – For Life. It is based on the life of a Holocaust survivor. Because of the in-depth research and writing that Clementi has done though the McCausland Fellowship, she has been able to speak at numerous conferences and publish many articles.

Adam M. Schor: Associate Professor, Department of History

Prior to becoming a McCausland Fellow, Professor Schor published his first book, “Theordoret’s People,” (University of California Press, 2011). With the McCausland Fellowship, Schor has been able to research his second historical monograph: a broad study of the ways in which the early Christian clergy (2-5th century) organized itself, under the leadership of bishops and claimed influence over the hitherto diffuse Christian community. In the classroom, he has developed a half online-half flipped classroom format for the European Civilization course. On campus, Schor formed the Jewish Faculty and Staff Council, which is now part of the Provost’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, to increase support for Jewish students at Carolina. 


Catherine Keyser: Associate Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Professor Keyser has used her time as a McCausland Fellow to explore food studies and race, which inspired her current book project. The increase in her research has drawn the attention of scholars in her field, and Keyser has been invited to present her research at several major conferences. In the classroom, Keyser furthered her study of American literature by developing courses like the graduate seminar Vehicles of Modernity, which focuses on transportation technology in modern American literature. She has directed four doctoral dissertations and served on several Master of Fine Arts thesis committees.

Joseph A. November: Associate Professor, Department of History

Professor November’s research takes place at the nexus of technology and history. The McCausland Fellowship has allowed him to begin research for his two books: first a story of volunteers who used their computers to transform the relationship between science and the public, and the second of which is a biography of Robert Ledley, inventor of the whole-body CT scanner. He has presented this research at invited talks. In the classroom, November has developed a Video Games and History course that garnered national attention.

Blaine Griffen: Associate Professor, School of Earth Ocean and Environment and the Department of Biological Sciences

Professor Griffen’s National Science Foundation supported research explores human effects on marine life and variation between individuals within populations. He developed the Marine Conservation Biology course and has been active in mentoring students and encouraging student research. Griffen has mentored five doctoral students, two graduate students, and has had 22 undergraduate students conduct research in his lab. Griffen has also contributed to the larger academic community by providing over 100 education outreach presentations to local K-12 classes and serving as the associate editor for the “Journal of Animal Ecology” since 2014.

Hunter H. Gardner: Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literature and Cultures

Professor Gardner has been able to expand her research because of the McCausland Fellowship. She increased her study of plague narratives and of Greco-Roman antiquity in film and popular culture. She also co-authored “Odyssean Identities in Modern Cultures,” (Ohio State University Press, 2014), an edited volume on the reception of the Odysseus myth in the 20th century. She brought the themes from her research into the classroom and developed a new course on plague narratives that allowed students to explore everything from Boccaccio’s “Decameron” to the modern day AMC show “The Walking Dead.” Gardner has mentored McNair Scholars and Magellan Scholars and organized the Classics Day outreach program at USC.