Dr. Charlie Spell Appointed as Interim Chair for the Department of Education at SC State University

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dr. SpellDr. Charlie G. Spell was recently appointed as interim chair for the Department of Education in the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at SC State University. Spell brings a wealth of experience in education from K-12 to the University level.

According to Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs, “Dr. Spell has a tremendous amount of experience in the field of Education, which is definitely needed as we prepare for reaffirmation by NCATE. He also has an understanding of what will be required of students in the Teacher Education program as they prepare for the Praxis exam and subsequent certification--two areas where our students could improve. Dr. Spell's experience in Education at all levels not only prepares him to assist his faculty in theoretical and practical applications of teaching pedagogy but also in providing helpful advice to, and guidance over, Felton Laboratory School.”

Spell was educated in the public schools of Wilson, N.C. He left N.C. to attend SC State University in 1967. Spell received a Bachelor of Science degree in music education in 1971, a Master of Education degree in guidance in 1973 and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership in 1994, all from SC State University.

Spell is certified by the South Carolina State Department of Education in the following areas: instrumental music, guidance for elementary and secondary Education, supervisor for elementary and secondary education, principal for elementary and secondary education and superintendant of Education.

The extensive professional experiences of Spell include working as a teacher in the middle and high schools for eight years, instructor of music, assistant band director and concert band director for four years at SC State, a middle school assistant principal for three years, a middle school principal for 13 years, and an assistant superintendent for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five for six years.

Spell has also published several educational articles, and has taught personnel administration, principal practicum, superintendent practicum and dissertation seminar as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership for the past four years at SC State.

Spell has worked with the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA), SCASA Personnel Division, and many other religious and social organizations. Spell is married to the former Celillus D. Nivens. The Spell’s have four sons and three grandchildren.