iCharleston Staff

iCharleston is led by Dr. Bruce Fleming, Director, First Year International and Experiential Programs. He received his Doctorate in Education from Washington State University in 2001 and began at the College of Charleston in 2002. His research background is on first year student experience and the effects of campus ecology on academic and social transitions. At the College he has developed pre-matriculation programs for incoming first year students, implemented living/learning communities in various residences across campus, created and teaches spring travel abroad programs with accompanying academic classwork, and designed international internship programs in England, Spain, and Scotland. He developed iCharleston with the support of Admissions, designing a fully integrated program that provides a unique start to the first year experience with academic and personal support during the transition from high school to abroad locations as well as the matriculation period onto the College of Charleston campus.

iCharleston is supported by Lilly Frederick, Assistant Director of Bridge Programs. Lilly graduated from the College of Charleston majoring in English and concentrating in Creative Writing. She continues to join us in the Office of New Student Programs, where she worked during her time as a student. As the Assistant Director, Lilly mentors and guides the site directors, coordinates and implements the communication efforts for iCharleston, supports on-campus Orientation, and assists with administrative needs of the program.

All iCharleston students are supported by a Site Director who meets them at their location in August. College of Charleston staff accompany iCharleston students in August to their locations. The role of the site director is to support the transition of the student cohort into the new living and learning environment during the fall semester. This is achieved through social programming, a weekly academic support class called “Passport to CofC,” and scheduled individual and group meetings. The site director is hired because of study abroad experience, knowledge of the College of Charleston, and previous work experiences with first year students.

Partner institutions provide additional resources, support, and mentoring to the iCharleston cohorts throughout the fall semester abroad. Residence Halls are fully secure and have live-in professional staff to assist in programming and emergencies. iCharleston site directors also live close by. Partner institutions provide learning assistance, advising, classroom academic support such as tutors, writing labs, and computer and printing stations. Health and welfare support is provided either on campus or within close proximity to where iCharleston students live and study. Experiential learning is also part of the iCharleston Program with a variety of programming conducted by the site director or attached to some of the academic classes. The site director completes required iCharleston programming to ensure the cohort of students have opportunities to interact with each other and build important peer-to-peer relationships as they transition throughout their first year both abroad and onto the CofC campus.

About Our Site Directors