Psychology professor honored by SCICU

Posted on April 11, 2019

Dr. Briana Van Scoy, center, with her parents, Brenda and Roger Van Scoy

Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Briana Van Scoy was one of 20 professors from member colleges honored at the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) 14th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards Dinner April 9 in Columbia, S.C.

Each year SCICU recognizes outstanding faculty members from each of its 20 member schools. Recipients are honored at an annual award dinner and each is given a $3,000 professional development grant.

Van Scoy, who joined the Erskine College faculty in 2013, holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. She has also been awarded two master’s degrees from Fuller, one in psychology and the other in Christian leadership. She received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Grove City College.

From left, Dr. Briana Van Scoy with longtime Erskine supporters Leona Query and Dr. Gordon Query

At Erskine College, she serves as chair of the Faculty Executive Committee, a position for which she was nominated and elected by her faculty colleagues. She is also director of the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, which involves helping students learn how to implement solutions to social problems using self-sustaining business models.

She is noted for her mentorship of psychology students, including students who seek careers in the field of mental health as well as those who seek to publish research or participate in regional psychology conferences.

Chartered by the State of South Carolina as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation in 1953, the South Carolina Independent College and Universities, Inc. (SCICU) is a charitable organization that is directed by a Board of Trustees composed of leading citizens representing a cross-section of the higher education, business, and civic leadership in South Carolina.

SCICU supports and promotes the values of independent higher education in South Carolina.

Dr. Briana Van Scoy, front row, right, with this year’s award recipients