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PENDLETON --- Three faculty/staff members have been honored as Tri-County Technical College's Educators of the Year and will be recognized at the South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) meeting in February. 

          Dr. A.P. (Hap) Wheeler, dean of the Arts and Sciences Division, is the College's outstanding administrator; Jennifer Beattie Hulehan, head of the  Comprehensive Studies Division, is the outstanding instructor; and, Elizabeth Cox,   administrative specialist for the Arts and Sciences Division, is the outstanding staff nominee.

SCTEA is a professional association of technical education personnel and others interested in post-secondary technical education.

Dr. Wheeler has served as the dean of Arts of Sciences since December 2013.  During this past year he has taken a leadership role with the humanities and English department heads in establishing an advising center for the division with the goal of improving student success.  With a faculty team led by the social sciences department head and a faculty member, he has initiated steps toward the creation of an honors program, with an expected implementation date of fall 2015. With the mathematics department head, Dr. Wheeler has established an adjunct study committee to determine the needs and concerns of adjuncts on campus and to implement best practices for these faculty. 

With the English department head, he prepared the three-year academic program review, including a vision-based narrative. As part of that review, he spearheaded the revision of the Division's associate degrees and certificate programs to make their goals more clear and consistent with practice as well as more suitable for transfer students. Also, as part of this review, he recommitted the division to collect and analyze data to make informed decisions about programs and performance of the unit.

Working with Clemson University and the science department head, he helped re-establish an articulation agreement between Clemson's B.S. in biological sciences and the associate of science degree at the College. He and colleagues are working on additional articulations. He also has been active in working with the registrar to maximize the use of classroom space on campus and with the director of high school engagement to provide more efficient and comprehensive programs for the local districts.  He has worked with others to design a development and retention strategy for the College academic programs.   He has served on various other teams, including those tasked to redesign job descriptions and success criteria for academic administrators, repurpose spaces for new science labs, establish compliance for hazardous materials, define and implement recruiting practices, and develop a strategy for implementing high impact practices, among others. 

Prior to coming to Tri-County, Dr. Wheeler was a faculty member in the department of biological sciences at Clemson University for 37 years, the last 11 of which he served as chair of the department.


          Dr. Wheeler earned a Ph.D. in zoology (minor biochemistry) from Duke University and a B. S. in chemistry and zoology from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

          He and his wife, Carolyn Sue Lehr, reside in Clemson.

Hulehan joined the College's English Department in 2004 as an instructor in the Arts and Sciences Division. She was named Department Head for Comprehensive Studies in 2012.   The Comprehensive Studies Department offers developmental courses in math, reading and English to prepare students for success in their college-level coursework. The department also offers college skills and success courses that aim to teach students valuable college and life skills for success.

In addition to her responsibilities as department head, she teaches developmental and college-level English, Freshman Seminar and College Skills courses.

In 2013 Hulehan and her team implemented a number of initiatives designed to increase student success and retention. Using the nationally known Emporium teaching model, she and her math, English, and reading faculty created a modified design to help students move through their developmental coursework as quickly as possible.  The team redesigned pre-curricular courses to give students a smoother and shorter academic journey so they can move more quickly into their program of study.

She also created two new student success courses, an e-Learning Success course and a high school dual enrollment transition course. She piloted an early alert system to help increase student success.

Hulehan currently serves as president of the South Carolina chapter of the National Association for Developmental Education and is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Two-Year College English Association and the South Carolina State Council, International Reading Association.

She holds B. A. and M.A. degrees in English from Winthrop University.  She and her husband, Trent, live in Simpsonville. 

Cox joined the College in 2010 as an Administrative Specialist for the Arts and Sciences Division.  She has a wealth of experience, with nearly 20 years of service to the Greenville County School District, serving the final four years as secretary to the principal at Blue Ridge High School. 

Before coming to South Carolina from Rome, Georgia, in 1986, she worked with the University of Georgia Agriculture Extension Service, as well as Berry College in the Office of Development and the Office of Financial Aid and Student Work Opportunity.  Her early professional career includes working with a large CPA firm in Rome, where she served as the firm administrator for several years.

Cox's post-secondary education and training include degrees earned from Coosa Valley Technical College and Highlands College, as well as the CPS Designation (Certified Professional Secretary) in 1979.

Her community involvement over the years includes volunteer work with The United Way, the Rome Chamber of Commerce, the Episcopal Church and with her residential community association and special tax district.

She and her husband, Ray, have adult children and live in Seneca.