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Faculty In Residence

 The professor next door: Faculty in Residence

In 2011, Clemson University Housing breathed new life into an old concept – faculty members living among students in residence halls on campus. The program started with three faculty members and has expanded to eight this year.

Lindsey Dixon

A Lecturer and Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication Studies.  In addition to teaching, Lindsey directs the Debate and Speech Team, and coordinates study abroad programs for her department.  She recently started a non-profit organization, Speak Now, which works with women’s schools in Africa to teach young women about debate and argumentation.  This summer she will be working with schools in Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda through her organization.  Lindsey will be working closely with the Cultural Exchange Living-Learning Community located in the Calhoun Courts Community where she will help facilitate growth and learning of our international and domestic students living together in the community.

Bill and Sue Lasser

Bill and Sue Lasser have worked at Clemson since the 1980s, and are excited to be embarking on their new adventure as faculty-in-residence. Bill, who is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science, has served as Director of the Clemson Honors College since 2009. He was previously the Director of Clemson’s National Scholars Program. His research focuses on American politics and constitutional law; his most recent work deals with comparisons and contrasts between the United States and the European Union. He loves classical music, spy novels, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Buffalo Bills, and the Buffalo Sabres. Sue recently retired after 28 years as founder and director of the Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) Office, the minority support network in the College of Engineering and Science. A counselor by training, Sue has been nationally recognized for her work in developing programs that increase minority student retention and success. While very much enjoying retirement, she has continued to work part time with the PEER/WISE Office. She loves singing and is a member of the Greenville Chorale. Bill and Sue have two children and two cats, all of whom are too old to move with them to their apartment in the Honors Residential College at Cribb & DesChamps Halls.

Andrew Pyle

Andrew is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication where he teaches and researches in the areas of public relations, crisis communication, and social media. Andrew has been very involved in the Faculty Friends program since its inception in 2016 and has directed it for the past two years. Since coming to Clemson, Andrew has also worked on globalization efforts for the Communication Department, most notably by helping launch a strategic communication study abroad program in Germany, a program that took its fourth cohort of students to Germany in May of 2019. Andrew’s wife, Sarah, and their two boys, Henry (4) and Charlie (2) live in Mickel Hall where they work closely with students to help foster community development in both Mickel and Gressette Halls.

Renee Cottle

Renee is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering where she guides bioengineering lab research, advises graduate research, and facilitates a creative inquiry course “Precise Gene Editing in Mammalian Cells.” Renee is also a member of the bioengineering department diversity committee and faculty honors committee. During her doctoral work at Georgia Tech she served as a leadership fellow where she coached 6 undergraduate students to develop their individual capacity and leadership potential. She looks forward to working with the RAs and residents in Calhoun Courts and Thornhill Village (CCTV) and planning fun activities like Latin dance nights and engaging cultural experiences.

Lori Pindar

Lori and her partner Jerome will be engaging residents in the fraternity and sorority residential communities (the Quad, Smith, and Barnett).  Lori is a lecturer in the Department of Communication where she also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies. She also serves as Assistant Director of the Erwin Center for Brand Communications in the College of Business.  Lori is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she continues service and involvement with the Anderson Alumnae Chapter.  She is also a member of the Clemson University Fraternity and Sorority Life Alumni Advisory Board.  In addition to her fraternity and sorority community involvement, Lori has served as a Faculty Friend, participated in GOODTalk, and works closely with our Student-Athlete Development team on programming for Clemson’s student athletes.  We are delighted to have Lori, Jerome, and their dog Autumn in the fraternity and sorority residential community.

Shannon Robert 

Robert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Performing Arts in the areas of theatre and scene design. As an undergrad, Shannon served as student government president. Shannon previously was head of scene design and director of theatre for fourteen years at William Carey University. Shannon’s interests span from history, especially the Elizabethan Era and the Restoration Period, to professional event planning, and to being a “foodie.” Shannon believes that students drive their own education and is excited to help students target and apply their creativity. We are excited to welcome Shannon to the Young Hall Community and the CREATE LLC this year.

Travers Scott

Travers is an associate professor in the Department of Communication where he also serves as the director of Graduate Studies. He teaches courses on Critical-Cultural Communication Theory, Representation and Pop Culture, and Creative Inquiry.  He has participated in multiple Clemson University experiences that will enhance his work with residents including Ally Training, Green Zone Training, Good Talk, Ethics Across the Curriculum, SpeakOut, and the Values Summit.  Travers’ husband Mike McGirr is a food systems activist developing a food hub and economic engine in Greenville – Feed and Seed.  Travers and Mike will be working with the residents in the Lightsey Bridge community.

Jumah Taweh

Taweh is a Lecturer in the Communication Studies Department. As an undergrad, Jumah was an RA and later a resident coordinator for an honors living learning community at Penn State University and has officially been a staff member at Clemson for two years. Juma’s research interests lie in identity development and she is passionate about mentorship. She believes that a positive mentoring experience can greatly impact someone’s life. She currently teaches multiple sections of COMM 2500, Public Speaking. She brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas that she brings to the faculty-in-residence position and we are excited to have her join us at Holmes & McCabe Halls. If you see her around, don’t hesitate to say hi!