RC 20/20

Building a Culture of Integrative Learning: A Story of Institutional Impact

Irma Van Scoy, Executive Director for USC Connect, University of South Carolina

Amber Fallucca, Associate Director of USC Connect, University of South Carolina

Lara Ducate, Professor in Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of South Carolina

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Irma Van Scoy

Irma Van Scoy is the founding Executive Director of USC Connect, a university-wide integrative learning initiative at the University of South Carolina (USC) originating in 2011. She has co-chaired the Reinvention Collaborative Network on Curricular and Co-curricular Engagement and Integrative Learning since 2014. Since joining USC in 1990, Dr. Van Scoy’s roles have included Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Education and Associate Professor in Instruction and Teacher Education. Her Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum and M.S. in Child and Family Studies are from Syracuse University. Dr. Van Scoy’s scholarly interests are in integrative learning at all levels and institutional and program change and collaboration in higher education.


Lara Ducate

Lara Ducate is a Professor of German and Applied Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. She serves as the USC Connect Senior Faculty Associate and the Director of Teacher Education for her Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. She regularly teaches the capstone Graduation with Leadership Distinction integrative learning course for USC Connect and strives to incorporate integrative learning techniques into all of her courses, including study abroad, to help students make connections between their in and out of the classroom experiences. Her PhD in Germanic Studies and Pedagogy is from the University of Texas at Austin and her research interests include teacher education, intercultural learning, mobile learning, study abroad, service learning, integrative learning, and incorporating sustainability into the curriculum.


Amber Fallucca

Amber Fallucca serves as the Associate Director of USC Connect and leads assessment efforts related to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on integrative learning. Dr. Fallucca also has experience teaching a graduate course on institutional assessment and an undergraduate capstone course focused on integrative learning and ePortfolios. Prior to joining USC Connect, Dr. Fallucca served in student affairs assessment roles. Her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration is from the University of South Carolina and M.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences is from the University of Florida. Dr. Fallucca’s scholarly interests include higher education assessment practices, role of intercollegiate athletics in higher education, and the relationship between integrative and experiential learning participation and student outcomes.