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Melvin Davis, University Librarian
Kimbel Library 114  |  843-349-2401  |  mdavis10@coastal.edu

Melvin Davis, Ph.D., joined Coastal Carolina University in September 2017 as the university librarian.

Prior to Coastal Carolina University, he served as dean of library and educational technology services at the University of North Alabama for seven years. In this capacity, he oversaw the operations of the library and services in educational technologies such as Quality Matters and LMS support. Davis also supervised the Quality Enhancement Plan director. Prior to joining the University of North Alabama, Davis coordinated all aspects of electronic resources for the Florida College System, one of the three largest systems in the country. He was also a librarian and faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University where he had a number of appointments ranging from instruction, interlibrary loan, electronic resources, and systems liaison.

Davis holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Alabama. In addition, he holds an MLIS and M.A. in Latin American studies from the same institution. His undergraduate major was history and he attained his B.A. from the University of North Alabama. Davis has served as adjunct in history at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of North Alabama. 

Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte, Associate Provost for Global Initiatives
Jackson Student Union A109-D  |  843-349-2129  |  ddamonte@coastal.edu

Darla Domke-Damonte, Ph.D., has been with Coastal Carolina University since August 1998, when she started as an assistant professor of management. Currently, she is the associate provost for global initiatives. In this role, she develops and implements internationalization strategies for the university. She is also a tenured professor of management and formerly served as assistant dean in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University. 

She earned her Ph.D. in strategic management from Florida State University in 1998, a master’s degree in international business (MIBS) from the University of South Carolina in 1993, and a bachelor’s degree from the American University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in Russian/USSR area studies and foreign language (German)/communications media (Public Relations) in 1988. She is conversant in six languages.

Domke-Damonte’s research interests deal with entrepreneurial orientation, international knowledge flows, and the effects of pedagogical tools, individual, and team characteristics on performance in course projects in strategic management, and study abroad and its effects and support of curricular design. Her work has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals, such as Management International Review, Operations Management Education Review, e-JBEST, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, SAM Advanced Management Journal, the Journal of International Hospitality, Leisure, and Tourism Management, the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship, the Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, the Journal of Business and Society, the Hospitality Research Journal, Journal of Management Inquiry, Coastal Business Journal, Equal Opportunities International, and the Economic Review of Tourism (Ekonomická Revue Cestovného Ruchu). She has also published a book chapter with the National Business Education Association on Cross-Cultural and International Management. She serves or has served on the editorial boards of the following journals: SAM Advanced Management Journal, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration, Journal of Teaching in International Business, and Journal of Business Strategies. 

At Coastal Carolina University, she has successfully led two cycles of the university’s strategic planning effort under President David DeCenzo (in 2007-2008 and again in 2015-2016), successfully coordinating an array of stakeholders to arrive at a broadly endorsed strategic plan that led institutional resource commitments and assessment and engaged a broad range of hundreds of stakeholders. She has served as chair of the University Scholarship Committee, the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the University International Programs Committee. She currently serves on the QEP Executive Committee of the University and Associate Dean’s Council. Within the Wall College of Business, she previously served as assistant dean, served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, as a member of the dean’s leadership group, as a committee member for the Faculty Policies and Review Committee and the Policy Advisory Committee, and on numerous ad hoc committees dealing with issues such as faculty searches, curriculum and program redesign, and professional development programming. She maintains her rank as a tenured full professor of management.

Christine Mee, Executive Director of Planning and Research
Singleton Building 228  |  843-349-2091  |  christin@coastal.edu

Chris Mee has been with Coastal Carolina University since 1989 where she started as a research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research after having worked in the private sector for many years. Currently, she is the executive director of planning and research in the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Analysis. Mee also serves as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) liaison for the University.

Mee is an active member in the Association of Institutional Research (AIR), Southern Association of Institutional Research (SAIR), and the South Carolina Association for Institutional Research (SCAIR). She has served as a SACSCOC peer evaluator since 2008. She has presented multiple times at SACSCOC, AIR, SAIR, and SCAIR conferences. She has served as president and member-at-large for SCAIR and secretary and member-at-large for SAIR.

Mee earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a Master of Education in community and occupational programs in education from the University of South Carolina. She served as a faculty member with Horry County Adult Education for 19 years. 

Sherri Restauri, Senior Executive Director of Online Learning
Singleton Building 162  |  843-349-2254  |  srestauri@coastal.edu

Sherri Restauri has worked in the field of digital and online learning and educational technology for over 20 years. At Coastal Carolina University, in addition to her primary duties as the Senior Executive Director with Digital Learning, she also serves as a teaching associate in the Department of Psychology, teaching classes in Adolescent Development, Child Psychology, and Gerontology. In her service and community work, Sherri serves on the Steering Committee for the OLC Innovate and Accelerate annual conferences, and is a member of the MERLOT Psychology Editorial Board, as well as the editor of the Professional Coaching MERLOT Board. In her free time, she actively volunteers with the Alzheimer's Association, and has served as a planning committee member for the Walk to End Alzheimer's, including Co-chair from 2017 through the present with the Myrtle Beach Walk to End Alzheimer's.

She oversees policies, procedures and best practices relating to digital and online learning for the Coastal campus, including a focus on the growth of open educational resources and digital accessibility improvements for the CCU campus community. She also provides oversight of the COOL Grant and Digital Learning Institute programs, QAI (Quality Assessment Inventory), COOL faculty development workshops and BPGs, OERs and digital accessibility recommendations, and the Moodle LMS and third party academic technology tools that interact with our LMS. Additionally, Sherri provides recommendations regarding internal and external course and program advertising and promotion options s in the digital and online learning space.

Sherri holds a Ph.D. in Psychology with concentrations in developmental and educational fields from Capella University and a B.S and M.S. in Psychology from Jacksonville State University.

Jennifer Shinaberger, Director of Center for Teaching Excellence to Advance Learning (CeTEAL)
Singleton Building 152  |  843-349-2737  |  jshinabe@coastal.edu

Jennifer Shinaberger has been in the field of faculty development for over 15 years. Contact her for help with instructional coaching, classroom observations, classroom assessment, curriculum mapping, and course design. She can also assist with writing teaching narratives, documenting teaching effectiveness, writing scholarly articles and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Holley Tankersley imageHolley Tankersley, Associate Provost of Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Development/Professor
Singleton Building 127  |  843-349-2949  |  htankers@coastal.edu

Holley Tankersley, Ph.D., a political scientist with research and teaching expertise in public policy and political institutions, is associate provost of strategic initiatives and faculty development at Coastal Carolina University. In this role, Tankersley is responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives for academic innovation and excellence that enhance the University’s mission; the creation and nourishment of programs that connect the University with local, state, and regional communities and partners; and the development and advocacy of policies and programs to ensure that faculty are successful in their teaching, scholarly, and leadership endeavors.

Prior to serving as associate provost, Tankersley served as associate dean of the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, where she was responsible for curriculum and program development and assessment; execution and evaluation of special projects and initiatives; and recruitment and orientation of new freshman and transfer students. Notably, she was responsible for spearheading the development of the College’s strategic plan, as well as tracking implementation and evaluating results.

During her four-year tenure as chair of the Department of Politics, she promoted and managed growth of the department as it doubled in size; argued for resources that nearly doubled the departmental budget; led faculty in deepening and expanding their commitment to high-impact learning practices; and founded the Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, an endowed teaching and research center focused on solving the policy problems of the community and the region. In 2017, Tankersley developed a structured dialogue program that unites students from diverse backgrounds to discuss how their experiences can create a strong, interconnected, and inspired campus community. Before entering academia, she served as a government consultant, generating policy analysis for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services. A native of Alabama, Tankersley earned her master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Birmingham-Southern College. 

Tankersley is a graduate of the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, an immersive professional development program for women leaders in higher education. Acceptance into the program is competitive and requires demonstrated leadership potential. Institute participants study and practice leadership and change management, trends in higher education, and inclusive excellence.

Casey Woodling, Director of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education
Singleton Building 119  |  843-349-6922  |  cwoodling@coastal.edu

Casey Woodling, Ph.D., is Director of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education in the Office of the Provost. Prior to this, he served as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Coastal Carolina University from 2013 to 2019. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 2019. He had the honor to serve as a Fulbright Scholar in Madagascar from 2016 to 2017 where he taught American studies, English, and philosophy at the University of Antananarivo. He also worked with students and teachers at the University of Antsiranana in the northern part of the island. During the Fulbright, he did research on the philosophy, thought, and language of Madagascar. His deep interest in Madagascar began when he and his wife served as Peace Corps Volunteers there from 2007 to 2009. Their primary responsibility was teaching English in the rural village of Ambatofinandrahana. In addition to these experiences in international education and outreach, he has a background in outreach from his days doing outreach and advocacy for the food stamp program with a non-profit in Nashville, TN as a program coordinator. While in Nashville, Woodling also taught philosophy and ethics to students of diverse backgrounds at various institutions in the area. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Florida. Outside of his work for Coastal, he enjoys spending time with family, playing, coaching, and watching soccer, visiting the beautiful local beaches, and keeping up with world events.