Dr. Briana Van Scoy, assistant professor of psychology, is the 2019 Excellence In Teaching winner for Erskine College. Dr. Van Scoy holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (associated with Fuller Seminary in California). She also earned two master’s degrees at Fuller, one in psychology and the other in Christian leadership. Van Scoy graduated from Grove City College (Grove City, PA) with a BA in psychology.
Dr. Van Scoy currently serves as chair of the Faculty Executive Committee at Erskine College, a position reflecting nomination and election by her faculty colleagues. She directs the Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor, which involves helping students learn how to implement solutions to social problems using self-sustaining business models. Dr. Van Scoy is especially noted for her mentorship of psychology students, including students who seek career fields in mental health and those who seek to publish research and participate in regional psychology conferences.
In the classroom, Dr. Van Scoy’s engaging style is well-received by students who respect her level of expertise, high expectations, and cooperative demeanor. She serves Erskine College as a committed, passionate educator, and scholar who demonstrates a high level of care for each of her students.