Faculty Life at the College of Charleston

Original inquiry, creative expression, and intellectual freedom

Every day, College of Charleston professors share their enthusiasm, expertise and wholehearted dedication to teaching with their students. Because of our appealing location in downtown Charleston – the cultural hub of the Southeast – we attract and retain the caliber of faculty that other colleges dream about.

One of our longtime physics and astronomy professors recently discovered the largest object in the universe (the Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall). A professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies is perennially ranked in the top five nationally by RateMyProfessor.com. In addition, our professors are Fulbright and Guggenheim fellows, career award winners from the National Science Foundation and Oprah’s Book Club authors.

These faculty accolades, while impressive on their own, are even more remarkable when you consider the level of engagement and attention these accomplished scholars and professionals devote to their students. They are committed mentors who make sure that every student has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. College of Charleston professors are partners in meaningful undergraduate research, thoughtful academic advisors, and in many cases, lifelong friends. Learn more about our faculty’s fascinating research and innovative teaching methods in the College of Charleston Magazine or The College Today Faculty Newsfeed.

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Teachers, Scholars, and Mentors

Our teacher-scholar model emphasizes the interconnection between ongoing scholarship and creative activity to teaching and the intellectual life of faculty and a campus.

As a faculty member at the College of Charleston, we will offer your several programs to support faculty research, development, and service. Research and development involve the various activities that increase the faculty member’s knowledge and that exemplify scholarly or artistic expertise.  It includes, but is not limited to, original contributions to the discipline, creative activities in practice and performance in the fine arts, research in pedagogy, and appropriate studies within and outside one’s specialties.  The professional educator undertakes research for scholarly or creative production, to maintain currency in the content of courses taught, and to improve pedagogical techniques.  The professional educator sustains professional contact with colleagues and engages in continuing professional activities to upgrade and augment existing skills or develop new ones. Service to the College and/or the community also falls within the responsibilities of a faculty member. Service includes holding departmental offices, serving on departmental committees, and participating in campus and community activities related to the College and to one’s professional role. For additional information and resources regarding faculty research, development, and service please use the information provided below. 



Additional Perks & Benefits

The College of Charleston is committed to supporting our employees by offering benefits that are comprehensive and that represent the best that we can offer in coverage and cost. Health and retirement options are only a few of the benefits provided to employees of the College. 

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Health & Wellness

  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits
  • Childcare opportunities
  • Healthy living programs
  • On-campus fitness and recreation options
  • Disability & life insurance
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Live Well & Save

  • Generous leave and holidays
  • Retirement & savings programs
  • Free bus services & downtown parking discounts
  • Faculty R&D funds and on-campus development programs
  • Tuition benefits for you & staff
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Community

  • Heart of the Historic District of Charleston
  • No. 1 Best City in the World
  • Diverse faculty hiring
  • Community impact & mentoring
  • Global & Regional Centers

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The College of Charleston is committed to supporting our employees by offering benefits that are comprehensive and that represent the best that we can offer in coverage and cost. Health and retirement options are only a few of the benefits provided to employees of the College. Check out the Staff Benefits | Perks page presented by the Staff Advisory Committee to the President, as well as the Faculty Club and Faculty House presented by the Faculty Club.

The Faculty Club is an informal, non-profit association of faculty members from the College of Charleston. Members have access to Faculty House as both an informal place to work alone, meet colleagues or schedule meetings and events; morning coffee service every weekday; and bi-monthly social hours where you can have the chance to eat, drink and socialize with coworkers.