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Do you have an ongoing writing project or plans to initiate a new one? In March we will offer three options for ALL INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY to participate in the 3rd installment of the 9th Annual Writer’s Retreat:

Option A: March 16-20 (5-day)
Option B: March 19-20 (2-day)
Option C: March 16-18 (3-day)

Applications due NOON Friday, February 28: Click here to complete and submit the online application form.

Writer’s Retreats provide:

  • a private room in Addlestone Library for one’s exclusive use away from the distractions of one’s office. Each room includes a table, Aeron chair, white board and access to the internet and printing.
  • a key for your private room for the duration of the retreat.
  • snacks and beverages in a common room throughout the retreat.
  • group lunch at noon on each day of the retreat.
  • available reference staff for assistance.
  • a supportive collegial environment to focus exclusively on one’s writing.

In return, each selected participant agrees to write, but not grade, check email or social media, or leave the retreat for other meetings. As past participants have concurred, arriving at the retreat with specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow one to maximize this opportunity.

Selected participants must bring all materials needed for the writing project, to include one’s laptop as no computers are provided.  Participants sign in by 8:30am to begin their work. If one has a collaborator on campus, both may apply separately, or one may apply and invite their collaborator to join them for a portion of the retreat. Each participant is expected to focus only on writing for at least 6 hours daily.

Want to participate in one of the options of the March 2020 Writer’s Retreat?
Click here to complete and submit the online application by NOON Friday, February 28. 

Applicants will be notified no later than Wednesday, March 4 so they may plan accordingly. Past participants are welcome to apply again, and preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), new faculty establishing a writing program, and faculty in transition.

Distinguished Faculty Awards – Nominations due March 16

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 25 February 2020 | 9:16 pm — 

We are pleased to issue the following call for nominations for this year’s Faculty Awards of Distinction:

The deadline for nominations for all of these awards is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020. All eligible nominations received before the deadline will be considered. Nominations should be submitted via the online form provided for each award (below and on our website). Nominators must be College of Charleston faculty members.

Brief descriptions of these awards appear below and more details are available at Any questions may be directed to the chair of the relevant award committee as listed below or to Deanna Caveny (

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gioconda (Gia) Quesada, Professor in Supply Chain and Information Management (SCIM), will become our Assistant Provost of Assessment, effective Monday, February 17, 2020.

You may recall that Gia did exceptional work as the Faculty Coordinator of General Education from 2013-2018. She became Chair of the Department of SCIM in 2018. Gia has extensive experience across campus in various service roles. Please join me in congratulating Gia and welcoming her to this very important leadership position for our campus.

Many thanks to Dean Shao and the School of Business for their support of this move for Gia. Dean Shao and many other leaders have been supportive in helping us to fill this most important position for the College of Charleston. Dr. Chen Huei Chou will become Chair of SCIM effective February 17, 2020.

I sincerely appreciate the work of the original search committee when we conducted a national search last semester, as well as the reconstituted internal search committee. Associate Dean of Sciences and Mathematics, Jim Deavor, chaired both of these searches and was unwavering in our goal to appoint a highly qualified Assistant Provost of Assessment. Other members of the internal search committee were Lynne Ford, Irina Gigova, and Michelle Smith. I appreciate the assistance of many across campus to conclude this search.

Message from Fran Welch, Provost

Record-breaking CofC Day raised more than $5 million

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 5 February 2020 | 4:42 pm — 

As part of the celebration around the College of Charleston’s 250th anniversary, on Jan. 30, 2020, the College launched CofC Day, a 24-hour giving day aimed at generating excitement and support for the institution’s future. By midnight, CofC Day had raised more than $5 million, crushing the $1 million goal. The day had 1,326 faculty, staff, alumni and students make gifts to the College, representing a record-breaking number of donors for any given drive.


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