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Meet the LAC Staff

Brianne Parker
Director, Learning Assistance Centers

Prince 216
Phone: 843-349-6536
Fax: 843-349-2862

M.A., Appalachian State University
B.S. B.A., Appalachian State University


Brianne Parker

Brianne Parker joined the Learning Assistance Centers staff as the director in January 2009.  She began her career at Coastal Carolina University as a first-year academic advisor in education and mathematics in June 2006 after working for three years at Appalachian State University with University Tutorial Services. Since joining the University community, Brianne has been involved in teaching UNIV 110: First-Year Experience and the development of UNIV 105: Academic Improvement hour for students in academic trouble. She received her master’s degree in College Student Development in 2004 and her undergraduate degree in Management with a minor in International Business in 2001 from Appalachian State University. Brianne has become a huge fan of college athletics in the years she has spent in higher education.  You will often find her at Chanticleer football and basketball games.

Patience Locke
Foreign Language Instructional
Center (FLIC) Coordinator

Prince 123
Phone: 843-349-2478
Fax: 843-349-2862

M.A., Bowling Green State University, OH
B.S., Slippery Rock University, PA
B.A., University of Wisconsin


Patience Locke

Patience began her career as the Foreign Language Instructional Center Coordinator for Coastal Carolina University in January 2004. She enjoys managing the daily operations of the FLIC including hiring, supervising and training foreign language tutors. She is also responsible for budgeting, planning, scheduling, and assessing programs associated with the Language Center and assists in the administration and maintenance of the CCU foreign language placement exam. In addition to her duties as the FLIC Coordinator, Patience has taught University 110 and German language courses at Coastal. She received her B.A. in German with a minor in Russian & Eastern European Studies from the University of WI and her M.A. in German with an emphasis in Medieval Literature from Bowling Green State University of OH. She also received her B.S. in Elementary and Secondary Education (K-12) from Slippery Rock University of PA. Besides managing the language center, Patience is currently studying Chinese and Spanish. Patience also enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

Charles Whiffen
Math Learning Center

Prince 208
Phone: 843-349-6620
Fax: 843-349-2862

M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College

Charles Whiffen

Charles Whiffen joined the Coastal Carolina staff as Coordinator of the Mathematics Learning Center in August of 2008. Charles worked as a manager in the insurance regulatory area, first in West Virginia and later in North Carolina for over thirty years. During much of the time he also moonlighted as a mathematics instructor at Elon University and Alamance Community College. Charles enjoys inspiring students with his passion for mathematics on a full-time basis now. He also teaches classes in the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Charles has a B.S. in Mathematics from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a M.S. in Mathematics from Virginia Tech. When he is not extolling the virtues of mathematical reasoning, Charles likes to spend time with his three grown children, two grandsons, and Australian shepherd.

Scott Pleasant
Writing Center Coordinator

Prince 206
Phone: 843-349-4154
Fax: 843-349-2862

ABD, Auburn University
M.A., East Tennessee State University
B.S., East Tennessee State University
Mr. Pleasant

Scott Pleasant received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from East Tennessee State University and worked toward his Ph.D. at Auburn University, where he served in the Auburn Writing Center under Isabelle Thompson. During his 20-plus year teaching career, Scott has taught writing and literature courses at all levels from junior high up to the graduate level. Before coming to Coastal as a member of the English Department in 2004, he had taught at ETSU, Auburn, and Northeast State Technical Community College. At CCU, he has taught a number of courses for the English Department, including composition, American Literature, British Literature, drama, Shakespeare, and songwriting. In addition to his work with the English Department, Scott has often worked with the Theater Department as a musical composer/director and taught tennis classes for the PALS program. Scott came to the University College as coordinator of the Writing Center in August of 2010. 

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