Columbia International University’s 2019 SCICU Excellence In Teaching award recipient is Dr. Sandra A. Young. She holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition/writing studies from the University of South Carolina, an M.A.T. in secondary education and teaching from The Citadel, and a B.A. in writing and literature from George Fox University.
Dr. Young chairs CIU’s division of Liberal Arts and serves as the program director for the English major. Her teaching repertoire includes first-year courses such as composition and research and literature and research, where she works closely with her students to ensure they establish a good foundation for their college education by learning essential writing skills. Dr. Young also teaches advanced courses such as literary theory, African-American literature, fiction writing, and creative nonfiction.
Prior to joining the CIU faculty, Dr. Young served as the program coordinator for English education at Columbia College.
Dr. Young’s personal investment in her students is obvious. Course evaluations consistently reflect how students appreciate her care for them and her desire to see them succeed. She also often invests in advanced students by encouraging them to engage in writing projects beyond the classroom. Her English majors regularly participate in the publishing of CIU’s student publications, and some even prepare research papers for conferences and workshops—events to which Dr. Young accompanies them.
Dr. Bryan Beyer, Dean of CIU’s College of Arts and Sciences, recalls, “I recently heard two students talking about English class as they passed my door. One was commenting, ‘That Dr. Young works us pretty hard!’ His friend replied, ‘That’s because she cares about us.’ What a great compliment!”