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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Irma J. Van Scoy, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor (ITE), Executive Director for the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (Office of the Provost)
Department: Instruction and Teacher Education/Office of the Provost
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-6728

Legare, 320

Irma Van Scoy, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Teaching and Curriculum and M.S. in Child and Family Studies, Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise

Integrated learning and collaboration in teaching and learning at all levels, early childhood through higher education.


Irma Van Scoy is from upstate New York and taught at James Madison University in Virginia before joining the University of South Carolina's Early Childhood faculty in 1990. She served as the Associate Dean of the College of Education from 2000-2011. In Fall 2011, Van Scoy became the Executive Director of the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, the university’s initiative to enhance students’ education through the integration of learning within and beyond the classroom.

Selected Publications

Field, B.E. & Van Scoy, I.J. (2014). The challenges never stop! Two decades of reaching for the best in clinical practice. Peabody Journal of Education, 89 (4), 436-452.

Van Scoy, I.J. (with Eldridge, D.B.). (2012). NCATE’s blue ribbon panel report and NAPDS: Working together. School-University Partnerships, 5 (1), 7-12.

Van Scoy, I. & Ebert, C. (2004). Teacher development and empowerment through school-university partnerships. In J. Lee, L. Lo, & A. Walker (Eds.), Partnership and change: towards school development. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press.

Van Scoy, I.J. (1995). Trading the 3 r's for the 4 e's: Transforming curriculum. Childhood Education, 72 (1), 19-23.

Van Scoy, I.J. (1995). Respecting what children say: The cognitive basis of children's expressions. Dimensions, 23 (2), 12 - 16.

Van Scoy, I.J. (January 1994). Differences in teaching between six primary and five intermediate teachers in one school. The Elementary School Journal, 93 (3), 347 - 356.

Selected Presentations

Developing a vision and plan for transforming students through integrative learning. Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges, Nashville, TN, December 2014. (with J.N. Gardner & B.O. Barefoot).

Moving a major learning initiative forward: resources, challenges and strategies. What lies ahead for you? Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges, Atlanta, December 2013 (with H. Doerpinghaus & D. Hightower-Davis).

How do we turn teacher education upside down? Implementing the Blue Ribbon Panel recommendations. An invited presentation for the Institutional Orientation Meeting of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Atlanta, April 2011.

A minds-on approach: Helping pre-service teachers construct and apply knowledge on Piagetian theory. A presentation for the National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development Charlotte, NC, June 2009 (with M. Muller).

Selected Awards

Under Van Scoy’s leadership the University of South Carolina received the 2014 Association for General and Liberal Studies Exemplary Program Processes Award in Co-Curricular General Education Learning. The award recognizes UofSC's success in building on general education by promoting integrative learning across within and beyond the classroom experiences (UofSC Connect).

Van Scoy has been selected and served in numerous education leadership roles including serving as an Academic Leadership Fellow, Southeastern Conference Academic Consortium; Member or the Board of Examiners, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education; and Leadership Associate, National Network for Educational Renewal. She received the 2014 Outstanding Faculty Partner Award from the UofSC Division of Student Affairs.

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