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Immediate-Past Fellows

Governor’s Teaching Fellows
Academic Year 2022-2023


Dr. Charity Armstead
Assistant Professor of Fashion

Brenau University

Laura Christian

Dr. Laura Christian
Lecturer of Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology


Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Professor of Accounting

Valdosta State University


Nancy Guyse
Assistant Professor of Respiratory Therapy

Middle Georgia State University

Meghan Hood

Meghan Hood
Lecturer of English

Georgia State University at Perimeter


Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson
Professor of Educational Research

Georgia Southern University

Sharon Jones

Dr. Sharon Jones
Assistant Professor of Nursing

University of North Georgia


Sasha McBurse
Instructor of Health & Wellness

University of West Georgia


Dr. Dina Schwam
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Mercer University

Sondra Smith

Dr. Sondra Smith
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Georgia Southwestern State University


Dr. Robert Sumowski
Associate Professor of Education

Georgia College and State University


Dr. Virginia Wilcox
Associate Professor of Education

Wesleyan College

Governor’s Teaching Fellows
Academic Year, 2021-2022

Chris Allen

Dr. Christopher Allen
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Kennesaw State University

Jennifer Brown

Dr. Jennifer Brown
Professor of Educational Foundations

Columbus State University


Dr. Marlene Call
Associate Professor of Nursing

Augusta University

Aimee Cribbs

Dr. Aimee Cribbs
Assistant Professor of Education

Dalton State University


Dr. Linda De La Garza
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Valdosta State University

Casey Dexter

Dr. Casey Dexter
Associate Professor of Psychology

Berry College

Angus Galloway

Dr. Angus Galloway
Assistant Professor of Art

Georgia State University - Perimeter College


Dr. Peter Huwe
Assistant Professor Biochemistry

Mercer University

Carl Ide

Dr. Carl Ide
Instructor of Sociology

South Georgia State College


Dr. Ernie Kaninjing
Assistant Professor of Public Health

Georgia College


Dr. Stephanie Rountree
Assistant Professor of English
University of North Georgia


Dr. Joanna Schwartz
Professor of Business

Georgia College


Dr. Christopher Serafin
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Andrew College


Dr. Sabrina Wengier
Associate Professor of French

Middle Georgia State University

Summer Symposium 2021

Aisha Adams

Dr. Aisha Adams
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Columbus State University

Kristin Baumann

Ms. Kristin Baumann
Instructor of Dental Hygiene

Georgia Highlands College

Tashia Caughran

Ms. Tashia Caughran
Senior Lecturer of Chemistry

University of North Georgia- Oconee Campus

Jasmine Clark

Dr. Jasmine Clark
Senior Instructor of Nursing

Emory University


Dr. Deidra Donmoyer
Professor of Communication & Women’s Studies

Wesleyan College


Dr. Sheikh Tijan Drammeh
Senior Lecturer of Political Science

University of West Georgia


Dr. Ashok Hegde
Professor of Biomedical Science

Georgia College and State University


Dr. Matthew Hipps
Associate Professor of Political Science

Dalton State College


Dr. Matthew Paproth
Associate Professor of English

Georgia Gwinnett College


Dr. Erika Parra
Professor of Modern & Classical Languages

Valdosta State University


Mr. Tony Pearson
Associate Professor of Theatre

Gordon State College


Dr. Devesh Ranjan
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Ring Family Chair Professor
Georgia Institute of Technology


Dr. Winston Tripp
Associate Professor of Sociology

University of West Georgia

Academic Year Symposium 2020-2021

LaTasha Adams Dr. Latasha Adams
Assistant Professor of Education

Clayton State University

Nadia Behizadeh Dr. Nadia Behizadeh
Associate Professor of Middle and Secondary Education

Georgia State University

Juman Al Bukhari Dr. Juman Al Bukhari
Assistant Professor of Modern & Classical Languages

University of North Georgia

Kathy Dolan Dr. Kathy Dolan
Associate Professor of Sociology
Georgia State University-Perimeter College
Flavio Fenton Dr. Flavio Fenton
Professor of Physics

Georgia Institute of Technology

Steven Haberlin Dr. Steve Haberlin
Assistant Professor of Education

Wesleyan College

Anna Holcomb Ms. Anna Holcomb
Lecturer of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Katherine Keib Dr. Katherine Keib
Assistant Professor of Communication

Oglethorpe University

Kimmy Kellett Dr. Kimberly Kellett
Assistant Professor of Biology

Georgia State University-Perimeter College

Vicki Luther Dr. Vicki Luther
Associate Professor of Education

Mercer University

Candace Lynn Ms. Candace Lynn
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

East Georgia State College

Nicholas Miller Dr. Nicholas Miller
Assistant Professor of English

Valdosta State University

Andre Nicholson Dr. André Nicholson
Associate Professor of New Media & Communication

Middle Georgia State University

Debbie Palmer Dr. Debbie Palmer
Associate Professor of Psychology

Georgia Southwestern State University

Kamina Pinder Ms. Kamina Pinder
Associate Professor of Law

Emory University

Lauren Poss Ms. Lauren Poss
Instructor of English

Oconee Fall Line Technical College

Andrea Smith

Dr. Andrea Smith
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood- Secondary Education

University of West Georgia

Joey Turner

Mr. Joseph Turner
Aviation Instructor

Augusta Technical College

Academic Year Fellows, 2019/2020


My experience in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was both transformative and inspiring. Not only was I fortunate enough to spend three days each month surrounded by top-notch educators from around the state, the pedagogical tools and techniques that were shared have allowed me to greatly enhance my teaching skills. I was able to immediately implement a variety of innovative methods in my classes, both in person and, perhaps more importantly, in a suddenly remote, online teaching environment. Without a doubt, my participation in this program has re-ignited my passion for teaching, and I now have an amazing group of colleagues in my network who continue to share ideas and offer encouragement and motivation even after the program has ended. I am incredibly grateful for being provided with this opportunity, and I’m quite certain that I, as well as my colleagues and our students, will reap the benefits for years to come.

-Alicia Briganti
Dalton State College


GTF provided me with a valuable opportunity to learn innovative teaching strategies, collaborate with colleagues, and develop tactics to overcome obstacles often faced in higher education. Through GTF, I have been able to cultivate my own unique pedagogy which is successful in promoting active learning and critical thinking skills among college students.

-Holly Cole
Wesleyan College


Attending the Governor’s Teaching Fellowship gave me the space to explore new ideas and think about how I could implement them in my courses. It was wonderful to meet colleagues in different disciplines from around the state and to learn from them. Discussions with professors in design, rhetoric, chemistry, sociology, and other disciplines encouraged me to think about new ways to use media and resources in my courses. This focused time for collaboration and innovation was inspiring and the results will continue to be so in the semesters to come.

-Kelly Frances Davidson
Valdosta State University


The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program has transformed the way I approach teaching. Being equipped with innovative teaching strategies will provide my students with enhanced and engaging learning experiences. I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in GTF and collaborate with fellow participants.

-Elnora Farmer
Clayton State University


The Governor’s Teaching Fellows program has really changed the way I design, teach, and engage with my students. Students have already told me that the formative assessments and other active engagement activities I have introduced in my courses have increased their learning. Thank you GTF for a wonderful program that takes teaching pedagogy to the next level.

-Charlie Harris
Clayton State University


Aside from just being a whole lot of nerdy fun, participating in the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program introduced me to colleagues from around the state of Georgia who are doing impactful things in their own classrooms. I really enjoyed hearing from folks who teach at community colleges, tech schools, and both private and public universities. I learned a lot from the scheduled programming and from my accomplished colleagues.

-Amanda Hedrick
Georgia Southern University


Can’t think of a better time to be part of GTF! Not only learning the most effective teaching strategies but also knowing that my GT fellows are there to lean on during these unprecedented times is a blessing.

-Hasitha Mahabaduge
Georgia College & State University


Participating in the GTF program has been a highlight of my academic year 2019-20.This enriching, stimulating, transformative professional development experience was exactly needed for me after 15 years of teaching college. This is the program that every teaching professional who values quality teaching should experience and share with others.

-Bhavya Mathur
Chattahoochee Technical College


GTF has given me the opportunity to expand my ideas and practice for teaching. I appreciated not only its evidenced-based approach to student-learning but also the creativity of GTF faculty and the other fellows. Having opportunities to collaborate on ideas with colleagues that each brought a unique perspective and diversity was a singularly great experience. It made me love teaching even more than I already did and helped me foster ideas that could be immediately put into place in my classroom/lab. What a wonderful experience!

-Stephanie Puffer
Chattahoochee Technical College


The premise of the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program is an important one: bringing together committed, creative educators to learn together best practices, innovative methods, and to rededicate ourselves to the craft of teaching. The realized experience is even better than imagined. I came away from each session with practical strategies to implement that have enhanced the learning experience for students and rejuvenated my own joy in teaching. And it is a special gift now to have a cohort of new friends and colleagues from across the state who can continue thinking together and inspiring one another to excellence in teaching!

-Tyler Schwaller
Wesleyan College


It was an honor to be chosen to participate in the Governor’s Teaching Fellowship. I met some incredible professors who shared many great stories and ideas. The tools that I took back to my college have become invaluable. I know I will use them for the rest of my career! I’ve already been able to pivot quickly and successfully to online teaching during a pandemic thanks to nuggets of wisdom GTF and the other fellows shared. I look forward to implementing new things for years to come.

-Anna Shelton
Emmanuel College


My experience in Governor's Teaching Fellows has led me to challenge many of my assumptions about my teaching, and helped me to renew myself as a teacher at the university level. I would recommend the program for anyone who values teaching as a calling.

-Bryan Sorohan
Brenau University


Inspiring, enriching, motivating define GTF. The program inspired new ways to approach the classroom experience from creating a class plan to developing creative assessment tools to delivering of course content. The program enriched my teaching by having me experience and observe new teaching techniques from the viewpoint of the student and the instructor. The program and its leaders motivated me which has elevated my passion and purpose as a teacher. I highly recommend the GTF program!

-Cynthia Tori
Valdosta State University

Wei Tu

GTF has allowed me a great opportunity to reflect on my own teaching philosophy, pedagogy, and practices over the past 15 years. It offered me a treasure box full of new teaching theories, methods, and examples that I can immediately use in my own classroom (physical or virtual) to enhance student learning. It also wired me into a network of GTF participants with bottomless teaching experiences and ideas that I know I can always fall back on for my future teaching needs. If you are a serious teacher, APPLY for it NOW!

-Wei Tu
Georgia Southern University


The GTF program has been (and remains to be) a worth-while transformative investment for me. In addition to advancing my teaching and pedagogical skills through this fellowship, I met a group of phenomenal colleagues that I now call friends with the same passion for teaching. Through GTF, I have been able to rethink the way I teach daily, which ultimately promotes student success on a larger scale, ranging from my course and assessment design to classroom delivery to mentoring. GTF has further catalyzed my spark of passion for teaching and will continue to impact my students in years to come.

-Omar Villanueva
Georgia Gwinnett College


It was an honor to participate in Governor’s Teaching Fellows program. I gained innovative teaching techniques and became friends with amazing educators from all over the state of Georgia. I have learned invaluable lessons that will benefit my students’ learning in the years to come.

-Yelena White
East Georgia State College


The Governor’s Teaching Fellowship has enabled me to expand my teaching pedagogy. It has provided me with multiple teaching tools to enhance the classroom experience for both my students and me. In addition, I have been able to work with many incredible educators throughout the state. The Governor’s Teaching Fellowship is truly an incredible experience.

-Margaret Williamson
University of North Georgia

Directory of Past Participants

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