Adjunct Faculty Orientation Fall 2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Adjunct Faculty Orientation is online ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the orientation, log-in as a guest at This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The orientation starts at 5:30 p.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the orientation at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 5:35 p.m. 


New UofSC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a virtual 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives. The session will provide information helpful to any adjunct faculty member.


Adjunct Orientation Schedule

5:30-5:35 Welcome
  Nate Carnes
  Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
5:35 6:10 Overview of Blackboard
  Casey Carroll
  Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence
6:10-6:40 Overview of Pedagogy and CTE Resources
  Nate Carnes
  Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
6:40-6:50 Practical Tips
  Marcia Cook Purday
  Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
6:50-7:00 General Questions and Answers
  Nate Carnes and Center for Teaching Excellence Staff


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In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at certificate of completion workshops and events, the Center for Teaching Excellence requires that all registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register for all workshops.


If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete training record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available with a single account and login.


Participants must attend a workshop in its entirety to receive credit for the workshop in their training records. Late arrival and/or early exit from a workshop invalidates receiving credit. If technology issues require rescheduling of a workshop, participants must attend the workshop at the rescheduled time to receive credit. These policies apply to all CTE workshops/events, including workshops that qualify as requirements/electives for a certificate of completion.


Nate Carnes
Interim Director
Center for Teaching Excellence

Nate Carnes is the Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to three teacher education degrees and a permanent Ohio teaching certificate, he earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in science education at Miami University (OH). His teaching performances span almost 40 years and have resulted in several awards and citations of excellence at the University of South Carolina, state, regional, and international levels. Carnes’ scholarly activities explore pedagogical issues and innovations within and beyond science education.

Casey Carroll
Instructional Designer
Center for Teaching Excellence

Casey Carroll is an instructional designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Carroll works with all who teach to support the creation of innovative and accessible courses and the continued development of teaching skills. He also works with instructors teaching online to help with course design and learning technologies. Prior to joining CTE, Carroll designed curriculum for professional training and leadership development. He has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. Carroll holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.

Marcia Cook Purday
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications

Marcia Cook Purday integrates real world experience in the classroom by focusing on teamwork and strategic communications in all of her classes. She is a strong advocate for preparing students for careers in advertising and public relations. Recently, she introduced special topic courses to help students secure certification in Google Ads and other social media platforms. Purday also teaches Integrated Communication Campaigns, Creative Strategy to Execution, and Speakers Series. Currently, she is exploring the development of other social media courses. Her areas of interest are in strategy, how digitization is impacting the way society communicates, and evolving global demographics. Purday has served as the Southeastern District Chair and Southeast Secretary of the Public Relations Society of American. She has also served in numerous leadership positions with the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America including President and Assembly Delegate. She is the founder and first chairman of the statewide Mercury Awards program. Purday has also served in several leadership roles with numerous organizations including University Medical Associates at MUSC, USC School of Journalism & Mass Communications Partnership Board, SC Broadcasters Association and the SC Governor's School for the Arts.