Pictured here are SCATE board members at the 2018 conference at Coastal Carolina University in October.

Left to right: Dr. Julie Jones, Dr. Reed Chewning, Dr. Stacy Burr, Dr. Danielle Robertson, Dr. Judy Beck, Dr. Suzanne Horn, Laura Kaufman, Dr. Susan Fernandez, Dr. Jamia Richmond, Dr. Lorraine Kibler.

Dr. Jamia


Meet SCATE's President Elect

4 year Public Institution Representative

Jamia Thomas-Richmond obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education with a specialization in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida in the spring of 2004. She has developed research interests around areas that can positively and significantly impact the quality of life of people of diverse cultural backgrounds. Consequently, her research has focused on working with culturally diverse exceptional students and their families. Others areas of interest include parental involvement in education, collaboration among teachers and families, and recruitment and retention of minority students in teacher education programs. Currently, she is an Associate Professor & Interim Department Chair in the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University, teaching special education courses. Dr. Richmond coordinates the undergraduate and graduate special education programs. Additionally, she serves as the Project CREATE director for CCU and the International Programs Liaison for the College of Education.

Dr. Suzanne Horn

Meet SCATE's President Elect- Elect

Dr. Suzanne Horn graduated from UNCG with degrees of Undergraduate Degree in English, Master’s Degree in Reading, and PhD. In Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education at Coastal Carolina University. Her teaching focus is literacy and English methods as well as curriculum and diversity. Her research is focused on the same areas.

Dr. Tod Kenney

Meet Our Nominations and Elections
Committee Chairperson

Dr. Tod Kenney collaborates with colleagues to meet the needs of the students at Lander University in the role of an Assistant Professor of Education. He teaches a range of education courses and serves as the Coordinator of Elementary Education. Originally from the Midwest, he moved to New England to teach and then work as an administrator in the public schools in Connecticut. He holds liberal studies degrees at the B.A. and M.A level, with a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Kenney is keenly motivated to have students reflect on their assumptions about the science and art of teaching and learning as they begin to craft their instructional pedagogy.

Dr. Brennan Davis

Meet our 4 year Private Institution Representative

Dr. Davis joined Columbia College as an Assistant Professor of Education in 2018. After graduating with a BA in English from the College of Charleston and an MAT in English from the University of South Carolina, she taught high school English in Columbia, SC for 13 years. While teaching, Dr. Davis pursued a PhD in Language and Literacy at USC-Columbia, which she completed in 2017. Since joining Columbia College, Dr. Davis has taught literacy, writing, and English education courses, and she continues to pursue research in two primary areas: effective professional development tools and processes for addressing issues of diversity in schools, particularly with veteran teachers, and innovative support systems for pre-service and beginning teachers.

Listed below are the officers and committee chairs for the SCATE organization. If you are interested in serving in the organization please contact the current president.

SCATE Officers and Committee Chairs 2020-2021


President – Dr. Reed Chewning, Converse College

President-elect – Dr. Jamia Richmond, Coastal Carolina University

Past President – Laura Kaufmann, University of SC Upstate

President Elect-Elect – Dr. Suzanne Horn, Coastal Carolina University

Treasurer – Dr. Judy Beck, USC Aiken

Secretary – Dr. Tamara Pack, Lander University

Executive Director – Dr. Susan Fernandez, Lander University

Executive board member- Dr. Stacy Burr- USC Upstate

2-year Institution Representative – Dr. Christina Lunsmann, USC Sumter

4-year Private Institution Representative – Dr. Brennan Davis, Columbia College

4-year Public Institution Representative – Dr. Jamia Thomas- Richmond, Coastal Carolina University

Public School Representative – Dr. Lorraine Kibler, Mid-Carolina High School

Committee Chairs

Awards – Dr. Stacy Burr, USC Upstate

Legislative – Kathy Maness, Palmetto State Teacher’s Association

Membership – Dr. Michiko McClary, Claflin University

Nominations and Elections Committee – Dr. Tod Kenny, Lander University

Program Committee – Dr. Suzanne Horn, Coastal Carolina University

Publications Committee – Interim Editor of TEJSC, Dr. Reed Chewning, Converse College

Publicity – Laura Kaufmann, USC Upstate

Webmaster- Dr. Julie Jones, Converse College


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