David McCurry

David McCurry is Director of Distance Education, Academic Affairs Division at the University of South Carolina Upstate where he is responsible for faculty development, accreditation, quality oversight, and assessment of online and distance education programs and courses. David is also the Palmetto College coordinator for Upstate with senior administrative responsibility for state-wide online degree completion programs. 


After leaving CIE in 1995, David worked for the Institute for International Research on the USAID funded Basic Education Support Project in Namibia with Mark Lynd, while his partner Bonnie Mullinix worked on non-formal and adult community education programs.


In 1998, after consulting with UNESCO/Namibia, David accepted a faculty position at Monmouth University in New Jersey and became a tenured faculty member in the School of Education where he led electronic portfolio assessment programs for teacher candidates and was the Graduate Program Director for education. While at Monmouth, David was also elected vice chair of the faculty senate, formed and was inaugural chair of Monmouth's Information and Communications Technology Committee, and was elected the PDK Jersey Shore chapter president. 


David resigned his tenured position (gasp!) in 2006 to pursue independent consulting work in South Carolina and an MFA (2010) degree in the low residency program at Goddard College. In 2012, he accepted a position at Converse College as an academic administrator in the Provost's office directing online and distance education. He left Converse to join the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2015.


In 2007 David had a chapter titled "Enterprise and Epistemology in the Materials of African Education: The Post-Colonial Dilemma of Culture, Text, and Technology" published in the book Research on Education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East; Book IV The Enterprise of Education (Sunal & Mutua, 2007). 


In 2017 David and Bonnie were awarded the Best Paper Award at the Distance Learning Administration Conference for their Concierge Model of Faculty Development. David's work now involves expanding opportunities for adult, post-traditional learners seeking higher education degree opportunities in the region. He is currently supporting the development of partnerships with institutions in Germany and China, working with Upstate's Center for International Studies


David says:


Well, DRE shamed me into acknowledging that it has been well over 10 years since my profile was updated. My how the years roll by. 


I am not very active in visual arts these days but I do play music fairly regularly. I am in a great trio currently, performing with some well-respected Appalachian Piedmont musicians venturing into acoustic blues and roots music.


Son Scott, who was born shortly after we came to the Center in 1984 and who some may remember scooting around the halls of Hills House South, is now 33 and living in Seattle. Younger son Scha was married in October in a Halloween-themed wedding and lives in Lancaster, PA. Youngest son Kevin graduated from Carolina last May and now lives in Chapel Hill, NC with significant other who is pursuing her PhD in Chemistry. 


It has been 20 years this month since I last lived and worked outside the US. Living and working in the US during this late-stage global capitalist epoch is always challenging and exciting, and often demoralizing. I try to maintain hope, peace, serenity, and my humanity whenever and however I can. Playing music helps. John Bing's thoughts on 'development' work resonated very loudly with me".   [3/18]


Email:  david.mccurry@gmail.com



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