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Sircy earns 2017 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

Marketing and Communication // 04.12.2017

Dr. Jonathan SircyDr. Jonathan Sircy has received the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

Sircy, associate professor of English, has been a full-time teacher at CSU since 2011. He said that teaching in a Christian environment is unbelievably liberating and allows for constant opportunities to integrate faith in his daily interactions with his students.

He teaches British Medieval and Renaissance literature.  It takes a little work to understand what was written during this time. This also covers the period of time of the King James Version of the Bible.  Again, Sircy is given an opportunity to challenge and personalize his lessons.

His greatest desire is to be a better disciple as he guides his students to embracing the importance of reading and writing.  Three-fourths of his students are nonmajors.  His underlying hope is that they’ll learn life skills that will serve them beyond his classroom.

“As we all strive to stay abreast of current technology and how that impacts pedagogy, Jonathan has been a leading member of our faculty," said Dr. Jacqueline Fish, vice president for academic affairs. "His commitment to CSU’s mission of promoting academic excellence in a Christian environment is foremost in his professional and personal life.”

Sircy chairs CSU’s Publication Committee, which sponsors an annual showcase of student and faculty research. He serves on the university’s Apple Technology Team and is the co-faculty advisor for the campus chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.

His educational background includes a BA in literature and creative writing from Murray State, a master’s from the University of Kentucky and a PhD from the University of South Carolina.


Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.