Erin R. McCoy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English and Liberal Studies
Program Coordinator, Liberal Studies
Department of English, Theater, and Liberal Studies
Each semester at USCB allows me to explore what it is to be a true "Sand Shark"; traits like curiosity, generosity, creativity, and teamwork continue to be the dominant characteristics of USCB students, faculty and staff, aka "Sand Sharks." As a professor, I strive to make my courses simultaneously entertaining and educational. From making up songs about Sophocles ("Droppin' Rhymes" in Great Books), identifying and creating solutions to campus community issues (Community Based Writing in English 101), to blogging about literature with students at other universities (USCB and University of Louisville students recently collaborated on a cross-college blog discussing Hedda Gabler), my classes aim to engage. I hope my classrooms contribute to classrooms that exhibit the outstanding Sand Shark qualities I've encountered. My research and scholarship includes a recent month-long research project in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos and a paper presentation on Vietnamese Vietnam War literature at a conference in Turkey. I like to share what I learn on these scholarly adventures in my classrooms, because that's what Sand Sharks do – we share and learn from each other – we're a team.
On campus, I proudly serve as the faculty advisor for Sand Shark Veterans (SSV) and am the Program Coordinator for USCB's Liberal Studies Program. Off campus, I'm on the board of the Humanities Education and Research Association and an active member of the Oral History Association and National Humanities Alliance.
"Yo Protesto!: Puerto Rican Anti-Vietnam War and Pro-Independence Protests." Penumbra: an Interdisciplinary of Critical and Creative Inquiry. Vol. 2. Spring 2015.
"London Can't Fail," poem. Clash by Night: Anthology inspired by London Calling. Lo-Fi Poetry Series Inaugural Anthology, City Lit Books, Baltimore. May 2, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-936328-17-8.
"'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' (But There Will Be a Soundtrack): Exploring 20th and 21st Century Revolt through Popular Music." Revolt and Revolution: Reaching for the Possible. Inter-Disciplinary Press. Dec. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-84888-347-5.
"Dead Survivors: Blurring the Borders of the Living and the Dead in Vietnamese Vietnam War Literature." International Conference on Language, Literature & Culture. Isparta, Turkey. May 2015.
"Civil Disobedience Under God: Vietnam War Protest and the Catholic Church." Beyond the Binary: Humanities Education and Research Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. April 2015.
USCB Professor of the Year, 2015.
USCB RISE Award, 2015.
Recipient of South Carolina Humanities Council MiniGrant: "After the War is Over: Civilian Life Post-Military Service," 2015. See coverage from the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette below.