Two Salkehatchie professors promoted to full USC professors

by | August 24, 2018 5:00 am

Last Updated: August 22, 2018 at 11:30 am

Two USC Salkehatchie professors — Dr. Sarah Miller and Dr. Eran Kilpatrick — have been promoted to full professors with the University of S.C.
Promotion to full professor is based on achievements, including recognition as an expert in his or her field at a national and international level, excellence in teaching and mentoring of junior faculty and leadership. Number of years with the college is not part of the requirement.

Miller, who started teaching at Salk in 2006, teaches two courses in U.S. history: to 1865 and after 1865; The New Nation, The Sections and the Nation, S.C. history to 1865 and Native Americans. She was named Salkehatchie Professor of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2017 and Walterboro-Colleton County Educator of the Year in 2009. She received the Daughters of the Colonial Wars’ teacher award for S.C. in 2011 and the national award in 2012. She was a finalist for the S.C. Governor’s Professor of the Year in 2010 and 2014, and presented the Palmetto College Campuses’ John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and Chris P. Plyer Excellence in Service Award in 2015.
Over the years, she has worked on local history projects with three Magellan scholars from the USC Office of Undergraduate Research and overseen four interns for the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPPS).
As an active member and historian for CHAPPS, Miller is working on preservation efforts for Pon Pon Chapel of Ease and the upkeep of the Bedon-Lucas House. For the past several years, she has worked with producer Buddy Wingard on a documentary film, “The Burnt Church: The Exploration of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease,” set to premier in Walterboro this fall.
Her heart is shared between her students and Colleton County’s homeless animals. A volunteer and vice president of public relations and fundraising for Friends of the Colleton County Animal Shelter, she has fostered over 100 dogs from the shelter since 2017.

A biologist, Eran Kilpatrick also began his career with Salk in 2006. He teaches Biological Principles I and II and microbiology at the Walterboro campus.
His awards include the USC Distinguished Research Service Award in 1029; Palmetto College Campuses’ John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014; and USC Salk Faculty Organization Teaching Award in 2014.
He has served as a mentor for 10 undergraduate researchers and four graduate students in wildlife projects in the Lowcountry. These students have continued their academic success and are either working in STEM career fields or are close to completing their degrees. Funding support for the students’ research was provided by the USC Office of Undergraduate Research Magellan Scholar Program, USC STEPs to STEM Mentoring Grant, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A field biologist, Kilpatrick’s research focuses on herpetofauna and vascular plant ecology and natural history. His current projects include a regional study evaluating hybridization and natural history patterns in the Eastern newt; imaging and archiving local flora in the USC Salk herbarium to the Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections; and identification of microbial flora isolated from the human hand.
He served as state coordinator for the S.C. component of the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program from 2007-2016; is founder and curator of the USC Salkehatchie Herbarium; councilor for the S.C. Academy of Science; and an Institute of Higher Education partner with the Colleton County School District’s Math and Science Partnerships Program from 2015-2017.
He also leads numerous nature-based field trips in the Lowcountry for the public.

“Dr. Miller and Dr. Kilpatrick represent the best of USC Salkehatchie. They are respected scholars who utilize their talent to teach, inspire and make their community a better place. And that is, in essence, really what higher education is all about,” said Dr. Ann Carmichael, dean of USC Salkehatchie.

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