Scholarship Recipients

The conference committee for SCCITL is pleased to announce scholarships for new career professionals. A new career professional is defined as an individual who is an early career, typically with up to no more than 10 years within a new career field, or who has made a major career shift in the past five years. 

These scholarships are sponsored by the 2021 SCCITL planning committee, with support from our vendors. Recipients will be asked to take part in a panel presentation at SCCITL 2021 that looks at Teaching and Learning support for early career professionals. The SCCITL scholarship committee is looking for new career professionals who are working to grow their professional skill sets and will use the awarded scholarship to further their teaching, research, and service within their areas. Faculty, instructional staff, and academic and service staff serving full-time in their early career positions may apply.  

The scholarship will provide up to $500.00 per recipient.  
All submissions to the 2021 SCITTL Early Career Scholarship should be submitted by no later than Monday, May 10, 2021.


The Committee is pleased to announce the SCCITL Scholarship awardees. There were a total of 32 applicants for the scholarships. We are grateful to our sponsors for providing the funding for these there scholarships.

Dr. Kristen Hefner

Dr. Kristen Hefner

Dr. M. Kristen Hefner is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at The Citadel. She earned a B.A. in psychology from North Carolina State University, an M.A. in sociology/criminology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Delaware. Her primary teaching and research interests include victimology, power-based violence (including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking), and qualitative methods.

As a teacher-scholar, Dr. Hefner is committed to integrating teaching, scholarship, and service. For example, Dr. Hefner’s Victimology courses include a service-learning component that allows students to engage in and contribute to the local community in tangible ways while simultaneously learning about victims and victimization. In 2020, she was awarded The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at The Citadel – an award for “excellence of character and service to humanity” – for integrating teaching, scholarship, and service. 

Dr. Caitlin Musgrave Mardis

Caitlin Musgrave Mardis

Caitlin Musgrave Mardis, PharmD, BCPS, is the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences at the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. Dr. Mardis graduated from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy and completed two years of a pharmacy residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, including a specialty year in solid organ transplant pharmacy. Prior to returning to the College of Pharmacy as a faculty member, Dr. Mardis practiced as a solid organ transplant clinical pharmacy specialist at Virginia Commonwealth University and at the Medical University of South Carolina and served as the Assistant Director of Transplant Quality and Compliance at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In her current position, Dr. Mardis strives to prepare students for their roles in direct patient care through her solid organ transplantation elective, her women’s health module within the core pharmacotherapy curriculum, and her co-course coordination of the third-year clinical assessment laboratory course. Dr. Mardis also places a focus on improving the written and verbal communication skills of PharmD students through her course coordination of the fourth professional year capstone clinical seminar course. She has been recognized as Teacher of the Year for the last three years by the third-year PharmD class. As the Director of Continuing Education, Dr. Mardis leads the College's CE/CPD program to provide lifelong learning opportunities for alumni, preceptors, and the greater pharmacy community.

Dr. Hengtao Tang

Hengtao Tang UofSC;   

Hengtao Tang is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology in the Department of Educational Studies. His research interests focus on artificial intelligence in education, self-regulated learning, and STEM education. In addition, Hengtao is an Open Educational Resources research fellow of the Open Education Group sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. His works on Open Educational Resources dedicated to reinforcing K-12 educators’ intention of adopting Open Educational Resources in that setting.

Hengtao’s teaching philosophy is to foster competent, adaptive, reflective, and empathetic (C.A.R.E.) learners who are qualified for the next generation of workforce. Built upon his teaching philosophy, Hengtao has explored innovative ways of integrating educational technology to support teaching and learning. For this scholarship, Hengtao plans to work with his colleagues to prepare empathetic network engineers via experiential learning and design thinking.