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2017 SCoer! Faculty Award winners announced


Congratulations to the four recipients of the 2017 SCoer! Faculty Award. This year's winners are Lisa Bailey, Business; Conor Harrison, Geography; Deborah Hazzard, Business; and Hannah Rule, English.

Now in its third year, the SCoer! Faculty Award encourages the classroom use of Open Educational Resources (OER) – teaching, learning and research resources that are freely available to students. The award is sponsored by the University of South Carolina Libraries.

To participate in the award program, the winning faculty members will attend a one-hour workshop hosted by the University Libraries that will help them identify OER materials for their courses. They then will commit to switching from the use of a traditional textbook to an OER or library-licensed resource in one of their classes, saving their students a significant sum of money. Each winner receives a certificate and a $500 monetary award.

Award recipients are selected by Student Government representatives and members of the University Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Committee.

“The selection committee looks closely at three determining factors: applicants who showed a strong desire to learn the process of finding and using online educational resources, the potential for long-term financial savings for students, and the availability of OER materials on the subject taught,” said Amie Freeman, Assistant Interlibrary Loan Librarian at University Libraries and Chair of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communications Committee. “These winners have shown great enthusiasm for using OER in their courses, and we offer them our congratulations.”


Lisa Bailey, Lecturer, Department of Management, Moore School of Business

Lisa Bailey

"I attended an informational workshop at Thomas Cooper Library during the Fall 2016 semester, and I've been working toward an OER syllabus since then. I sent my Spring 2017 syllabus to a representative at TCL to get some input on what OER resources might be out there for my students. Since textbook prices are through the roof, I want to see if I can do better for my students by using OER resources.

I'm really excited to put together a stellar OER syllabus over the summer to introduce to my students in the Fall of 2017. I teach about 100 students per semester, so my changing to OER will benefit hundreds of my future students. Additionally, the course I teach is required for all business majors. If my OER syllabus is successful, there's a possibility that it could be picked up by other MGMT 250 instructors, thereby benefiting hundreds more USC students each semester."


Conor Harrison


Conor Harrison, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences

"I am fairly familiar with OERs, and try to incorporate them into some of my classes.

I am interested in finding OERs that can replace the textbooks I am using, especially the most expensive versions I use in some of my classes.

I try to use library resources often in my classes: archival collections, research tutorials, etc. I see this as another way to help students have better learning outcomes while also saving them money."


Deborah Hazzard


Deborah Hazzard, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Moore School of Business

"I am looking for ways to minimize the expenses my students incur for textbooks and related materials.

At the same time, I am hoping to increase student engagement by identifying materials that they will actually obtain, read and utilize in order to enhance their knowledgebase."




Hannah Rule

Hannah Rule, Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences

"I do not know much about the specific resources we may have access to here at USC, but I do know the effort to make educational materials more accessible and at little or no cost coincides with burgeoning interest in MOOCs, Creative Commons, and open-access scholarship. I'm eager to learn more about how my courses can take advantage of these resources . . .

Using OERs more thoughtfully and robustly would enact and align with my teaching ethos and philosophy. I'm interested in making the pursuit of accessible resources, rather than being assigned or required a resource, work better in my classrooms because a component of my teaching philosophy is to ignite the pursuit of knowledge and practice -- of writing, of the teaching of writing -- well beyond the bounds of my class. I think expanding my use of OERs can help me better enact that goal."


SCoer! Awards are given once a year. The next award cycle will be Spring 2018.