Courtney A. Howard

Acting Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

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Office: 86 Wentworth St.

Phone: (843) 953-7629


Dr. Courtney A. Howard was named Acting Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (EHHP) in May 2019. In this role, she oversees the Departments of Teacher Education and Health and Human Performance, as well as several centers and offices serving the campus and community. Previously, Howard has served as Director of the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education since 2011 and EHHP’s Associate Dean since 2017. Howard has provided leadership in the areas of partnerships and outreach, mentored research, support for scholarly productivity, and diversity initiatives.

Prior to joining the College of Charleston, Dr. Howard was a tenured faculty member and interim dean of education at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, where she was also founding editor of that institution’s undergraduate research journal. Dr. Howard earned her B.S. in biology at Florida A&M University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (science education) at the University of Florida. In addition to higher education appointments as a faculty member and an administrator, she has worked as a middle school science teacher and science outreach coordinator for a museum of natural history.

Dr. Howard completed the South Carolina Diversity Leaders Initiative, a program of the Riley Center at Furman University, as well as two Racial Equity Institutes organized by the YWCA Greater Charleston.  She has participated in scholarly conferences as an organizer and presenter and has several publications to her credit.  Dr. Howard has been involved with numerous professional and civic organizations. For ten years she served as secretary/treasurer of the Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education and three years as Nominations and Elections Committee chair of the South Carolina Association of Teacher Educators. Currently, she is Vice Chair of the South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service and a member of Trident United Way’s Community Impact Committee, South Carolina Board of Advisors of Multiplying Good (formerly Jefferson Awards Foundation), and City of Charleston’s Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth, and Families.

2003: Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (science education), University of Florida
1999: M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (secondary science education), University of Florida
1997: B.S. in Biology, Florida A&M University

Career Highlights
2019–present: Acting Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, CofC
2018: Racial Equity Institutes (phase 1 and phase 2)
2017–2019: Associate Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, CofC
2016–2017: Interim Assistant Dean, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, CofC
2015: Diversity Leaders Initiative, Riley Center at Furman University (Lowcountry Cohort X)
2011-2019: Director, Center for Partnerships to Improve Education, College of Charleston
2010–2011: Interim Dean, School of Education, Claflin University
2008–2010: Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, School of Education, Claflin Univ.
2004–2011: Assistant Professor, School of Education, Claflin University
2003-2004: Assistant Professor, Division of Education, Baldwin-Wallace College

Honors and Achievements
2018: Led the development of EHHP’s first Director of Minority Education and Outreach position
2017: Started EHHP Summer Research Employment Program to encourage faculty-student research
2016: Facilitated the establishment of EHHP’s Afterschool and Summer Learning Resource Center
2012: Began Classroom Library Project to promote student teachers’ use of diverse children’s books
2011: Established small-grants programs to support EHHP research and service
2008: Claflin University Spotlight on Faculty Excellence Achievement in Teaching Award
2006: Faculty Advisor to 2nd place team, FBI National Curriculum Development Challenge
2000-2003: Gates Millennium Scholar (inaugural class of graduate school recipients)
1999: Inducted, Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (University of Florida)
1993: National Achievement Scholar Finalist

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