Faculty and Staff

Jennie Ariail, PhD
Professor Emerita

Interests: teaching adult learners; role of affect in writing and learning; preparing students for certifying/national board exams; writing instruction; effective administration

Ph: 843-792-4017
Fax: 843-792-9179

Tom G. Smith, PhD
Executive Director, Professor, Chair, Academic Affairs Faculty

Interests: science and technical writing; high-stakes certifying and board exams; genre studies; writing and interprofessional identity; composition; rhetoric; writing and healing; health education specialist role

Ph: 843-792-2790
Fax: 843-792-9179

Lisa Kerr, PhD

Director,MUSC Office of Humanities

Interests: health humanities; narrative medicine; writing and health; literature and medicine; patients as educators

Ph: (843) 792-2386

R.J. Lambert, PhD
Assistant Professor

Interests: risk communication and crisis response; health communication; medical rhetoric; grant writing; medical humanities; digital pedagogies; diversity and inclusion

Ph: (843) 792-3474

Casey E. O’Neill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Supplemental Instruction Coordinator

Interests: educational psychology; neuroeducation; learning and cognition; resilience; metacognition; mindfulness; peer-to-peer learning

Ph: (843) 792-9024

Michelle Cohen, PhD,
Assistant Professor

Interests: writing pedagogy; multimodal composition; visual rhetoric & design; writing style; writing center theory

Ph: 843-792-2326


John D. Dinolfo, PhD
Visiting Professional Communication Scholar

Interests: Scientific writing and communication; health communication; multimodal teaching and learning; distance learning; narrative and poetry in the health humanities

Ph:  843-792-6390


Christy Huggins
Business Manager and Staff Assistant

Ph: 843-792-6390
Fax: 843-792-9179


Tara Edwards
Program Coordinator/Data & Operations Specialist

Ph: 843-792-8071