Renee Shaffer has over 26 years of experience in teaching and higher education administration, and has worked in the designing, teaching and managing of various types of e-learning courses and programs. As the University of South Carolina's (UTS) instructional designer, she assists faculty statewide with the design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses, the use of innovative technology in the classroom, as well as improving student engagement in education. She leads faculty training sessions in pedagogy, innovation in teaching, active learning, learning management software, as well as other technology-based teaching and learning tools for faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Renee's primary teaching areas include college survival skills, anatomy and physiology, massage therapy, and structural anatomy. She holds a BA in American Studies from Wingate University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at USC-Columbia and has completed the coursework in the Ph.D. program with a cognate in Public Health. Renee is also a nationally certified, licensed massage therapist and myoskeletal bodyworker with a private practice. Her massage teaching expertise area is in incorporating active learning techniques in hands-on courses in the career college environment. She has been nominated for several teaching awards as well as for instructional design.