Our Faculty Advisor this year is Mark Brown. Mr. Brown is the pre-law advisor at the University of South Carolina and the Associate Director of Pre-Professional Advising. He also teaches criminal justice and criminology courses each semester for undergraduate students. Before going into education, Mr. Brown worked as a criminal defense attorney.
Jonathan J. Edwards is Director of the Speech Communication and Rhetoric Program at the University of South Carolina. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Edwards has served as a teacher and communication consultant in both academic and professional settings. Since coming to USC in 2010, he has taught courses in public speaking, argumentation, rhetorical theory, and business communication for the Department of English and the South Carolina Honors College. Since 2013, he has led a popular series of workshops for students in the USC Graduate School and Presidential Fellowship program. These workshops teach graduate students how to talk about their research to non-specialist audiences. He also lectures on marketing pitches and professional communication and consults with entrepreneurs on the most effective ways to present their ideas to potential investors.
Dr. Edwards earned his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. A published authority on religious movements and political communication, his research has been cited in a number of books, periodicals, and professional journals. He currently divides his time between teaching, consulting, and conducting research for his second book.