Irma Van Scoy


Irma Van Scoy, PhD Irma is a Professor Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia. After beginning her career as an assistant professor of education at James Madison University, Irma went on to be a faculty member at UofSC from 1990-2019.  Her career focuses on meaningful engagement and learning from early childhood through higher education. 

From 2010-2019, Irma led the development and implementation of UofSC’s integrative learning initiative and Quality Enhancement Plan entitled “USC Connect” housed in the Office of the Provost. USC Connect includes extensive collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs, the university’s four regional campuses, and other university partners. The initiative’s signature program is a graduation distinction recognizing students’ engagement in learning in community service, diversity and social advocacy, global learning, internships, peer leadership, and research with nearly 2,000 students completing the distinction in the first six years. USC Connect won awards from NASPA, the Association of General and Liberal Studies, and Go Abroad.  

Irma has published, presented and collaborated nationally on integrative learning and accreditation including her work with the with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Reinvention Collaborative (for which she chaired the Network on Curricular and Co-Curricular Engagement and Integrative Learning).  Her most recent publications include “Building a Culture of Integrative Learning: A Story of Institutional Impact” in the Reinvention Collaborative’s 20/20 Digital Publication and “Integrative Learning and Graduation with Distinction: ePortfolios and Institutional Change” in Catalyst in Action: Case Studies of High-Impact ePortfolio Practice (Eynon & Gambino).

Irma’s Ph.D. in Teaching and Curriculum and M.S. in Child and Family Studies are from Syracuse University.She also holds a B.A. in Sociology from SUNY Potsdam and A.A.S. in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Cobleskill. You can reach her at vanscoy@jngi.org.