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Leslie Gordon

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Associate Director, Executive Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Management
Director, Governor's Teaching Fellows Program

Leslie S. Gordon is the associate director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Higher Education Management and director of the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program. She earned her A.B. in romance languages from the University of Georgia, her M.A. in romance linguistics from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in applied linguistics from Georgetown University. Her teaching and research interests are wide-ranging and include course and program assessment, current issues in faculty development, and effective pedagogies for adult learners in varied contexts. Dr. Gordon was a faculty member at Washington and Lee University prior to her return to UGA.

Dr. Gordon has worked previously at UGA as the assistant to the vice president for instruction and the associate director for assessment in the Office of Academic Planning. During her time at UGA she has worked on the development and implementation of major initiatives such as the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program, the 2010 SACS reaffirmation of accreditation, the National Survey of Student Engagement and related surveys, and the advancement of best practices for general education and academic program assessment.

Dr. Gordon regularly teaches courses in Spanish linguistics for the Department of Romance Languages and has also taught in the Honors program and the First-Year Odyssey seminar program.  She has a strong interest in pedagogical innovation and has researched the effects of multi-modal journaling, ePortfolio, and service-learning on students’ acquisition and application of language skills.

Over many years Dr. Gordon has been a contributor to UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning where, among other forms of service, she has regularly led faculty learning communities. She was a Teaching Academy Fellow in 2012-13 and a Service-Learning Fellow in 2015-16. She has served as associate editor for the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and reviewer for the International Journal of ePortfolio.

Curriculum Vitae:
Curriculum Vitae (199.54 KB)
  • Ph.D., Spanish Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.S., Spanish Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.A., Romance Languages, University of Michigan
  • A.B., Romance Languages, University of Georgia (High Honor Graduate)

Gordon, L. (2017). Students as co-designers: Peer and instructional resources for novice users of ePortfolio. International Journal of ePortfolio, 7 (2), 113-127.

Gordon, L. and Foutz, T. (2015). Navigating the first-year program: Exploring new waters in a faculty learning community. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 27 (1), 81-93.

Gordon, L. (2015). Blogging to support a faculty learning community. Assessment Update, 27 (3), 1-2, 14-16.

Medina, A. and Gordon, L. (2014). Service-learning, phonemic perception, and learner motivation: a quantitative study. Foreign Language Annals, 47, 357-371.

Gordon, L.S. (2011). English speakers’ perception of Spanish vowels: Evidence for multiple category assimilation. In C. Sanz and R.P. Leow (Eds.), Implicit and Explicit Conditions, Processes, and Knowledge in SLA and Bilingualism. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

News Featuring Leslie Gordon
Friday, May 28, 2021 - 9:12am

The Institute of Higher Education hosted a new cohort of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows (GTF) in Athens for a two-week intensive summer program in May. The Institute had decided to defer the summer 2020 cohort to 2021 but still offered a virtual meet and greet…

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 12:10pm

Teaching and Learning with the Governor's Teaching Fellows

While some faculty may have felt isolated as they implemented new teaching techniques this spring, participants and alumni of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows (GTF) program could lean…

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 11:23am

Dr. Leslie Gordon was invited by Reinhardt University's Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning to make a presentation on ePortfolios to approximately 80 faculty on January 16.  

She also met with faculty currently piloting an ePortfolio…

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 10:48am

IHE's Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Management is now accepting applications for its next cohort, set to begin in January of 2020. The Executive Ed.D. is an accelerated program offering advanced coursework for middle- and senior-level, post-secondary…

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 10:08am

IHE faculty member Leslie Gordon will greet the 2019-2020 Governor's Teaching Fellows (GTF) in September as the program’s new director. "I am grateful for the opportunity to work with this wonderful faculty development program and its past and present fellows…

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 1:46pm

Leslie S. Gordon, who has served as associate director of assessment in UGA’s Office of Academic Planning since 2011, has been named associate director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Higher Education Management.

The appointment is effective Dec. 1…

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