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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Reenea R. Harrison, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Title: Clinical Instructor and Internship Director
Department: Retailing
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-777-1264
Office: Close-Hipp 709
Reenea Harrison, clinical instructor and internship director, Retailing


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
M.Ed., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
B.A., Morris College, Sumter, S.C.

Reenea Harrison is clinical instructor and internship director for the Department of Retailing in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her current position, Harrison was an academic advisor/student services manager for the College of HRSM Office of Student Services. Previously, although she worked in other professions, she also served as director of academic affairs and adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina Honors College, director of guidance at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, and learning manager and adjunct instructor for Central Carolina Technical College (formerly Sumter Area Technical College) in Sumter, South Carolina. Her research interests include career development, retail and fashion management careers, environmental consumerism, and professional communications.

Certificates earned

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace, University of South Florida, 2021
  • Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence, University of South Carolina, 2021
  • Getting Started Teaching Online, University of South Carolina, 2019  
  • Event and Meeting Planning, Midlands Technical College, 2005
  • Communications 401 (course): Visual Communications, Limestone College, 2004


  • RETL 295 – Retailing Practicum
  • RETL 495 – Retailing Internship
  • RETL 201 – Exploration of Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising Industries
  • RETL 242 – HRSM Professional Communications
  • SCHC 380-O – Student Activism in the 1960s and ‘70s
  • SCHC 380-T – Modern Revolutions
  • SCHC 380-V – Women, Social Roles and Religion
  • SCHC 381-J – Fashion History
  • RETL 324 – Topics in Fashion History – Women and the Fashion Industry
  • SCHC 499 – Senior Thesis/Project
  • UNIV 101 – The Student in the University
  • SPC 205 – Public Speaking
  • ENG 101 – English Composition I
  • PSY 103 – Industrial Psychology
  • COL 103 – College Skills

Activities and presentations

  • Member, USC Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions, 2021 – Present
  • Member, College of HRSM Diversity and Inclusion Committee, 2021 – Present
  • Member, College of HRSM Internship Committee, 2021 – Present
  • Let’s Go Out to Lunch: Understanding and Working Through Our Differences with Effective Communication, 2021 – Present 
  • Effectively Communicating with Students and Colleagues Globally, 2020 – Present
  • Member, College of HRSM Curriculum Committee, 2020 – Present
  • Moderator / Judge, Discover USC (Discovery Day), University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2010–Present
  • Event Planner/Coordinator, Women of the Word Class, Columbia, South Carolina, 2016-Present
  • Diversity in Leadership Sub-Committee Co-Chair, Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2016–2018
  • Presenter, Women of the Word Retreat, Columbia, South Carolina, 2018, 2017
  • Member, University Advisors Network, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2012–2016
  • Poster Presenter, First Annual USC Advisors Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2014
  • Member, Financial Stability Council, United Way of the Midlands, 2007–2012
  • Presenter, South Carolina Women in Higher Education Women of Color Conference, Columbia College, Columbia, SC, 2011
  • Chair, Admission and Retention Committee, College of HRSM, University of South Carolina, 2009–2011
  • Presenter, Student Activism Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2010
  • Chair, Youth Leadership Council Advisory Board, Aug 2002–July 2007
  • Member, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council Board of Directors, Oct 2001–July 2007
  • Commissioner, Richland County Commission on Homelessness Board of Directors, 2004–2006
  • Member, Columbia Citizens Advisory Committee, 2002–2004
  • Founder and Chair, Cardinal Newman Mock Interview Committee, 2002–2006
  • Co-Chair, SACS Accreditation Committee, March 2003–May 2004
  • Member, Cardinal Newman School Campus Ministry Team, 2002–2005
  • Chair, Cardinal Newman 101 Task Force, 2001
  • Advisor, Sandhills Academy Student Council, 2000–2001


  • Career counseling, planning and development
  • Socio-political movements and student activism
  • Feminist / womanist theology and God-talk
  • African American honors students in higher education
  • African American male participation in higher education
  • Role of women in higher education
  • Multicultural issues in higher education
  • Multicultural issues in counseling
  • Role of women in the African American church
  • Role of religion in founding and sustaining historically black colleges and universities


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