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Governors Teaching Fellows News

by Jewel Caruso

Valdosta State University recently published an article on Linda de la Garza, associate professor of chemistry at VSU, for her transformative experience with the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program offered at the McBee Institute.

Rosaria Meek, assistant professor of Spanish and president of the Georgia Association for Women in Higher Education, joins the 2022-2023 cohort of American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows program.

In the fall, Meek will begin her placement with the College of Charleston.

The ACE Fellows Program is a competitive national leadership development program that places emerging leaders in new campus environments for a year of intensive skills development, process observation, and team-based projects.

Leslie S. Gordon announced that she will leave the McBee Institute and begin pursuing new professional goals full time on July 31.

For nearly seven years, Gordon has shared her wide-ranging experience in pedagogical innovation, faculty development, and program management and assessment with the Institute. Gordon became the associate director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Higher Education Management in December 2015, just before the launch of the program’s fourth cohort. Gordon took leadership of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program in 2019.

Tashia Caughran was honored to be part of the Summer 2021 Governor's Teaching Fellows Program (GTF).

Caughran is a senior lecturer of Chemistry at the University of North Georgia, Oconee Campus and was interviewed for a recent UNG blog post by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership about her GTF experience.

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 last year to get the fellows acquainted and excited about their fellowship.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities hosted a webinar on March 4, featuring Cynthia Alby and Hasitha Mahabaduge.

The webinar shared experiences and lessons learned through implementation of Georgia College’s GC Journeys, a faculty-driven HIPs initiative. GC Journeys asks students to complete five high-impact practices during their undergraduate experience and maps their core curriculum to AAC&U’s Essential Learning Outcomes.

Georgia College experimental physics professor and GTF program alumnus (2019-2020), Hasitha Mahabaduge, received prestigious life-time recognition as a 2020 Fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL).

Two fellows from the 2015 Governor Teaching Fellow program, Karla-Sue Marriott and Anne Katz, are continuing to collaborate through a project to reinforce close-reading skills among science majors.

Dr. Chris Greer, a regular speaker in our GTF program and professor at Georgia College, made the front page of Channel 13 WMAZ's website for his innovative use of technology in the classroom.

Congratulations to Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge, assistant professor of physics and 2019-20 Governor’s Teaching Fellow, who was recently named the 2020 recipient of the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award—bestowed for "a strong commitment to teaching and student success."

The Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award is one of six annual Teaching in Excellence awards presented by the USG Board of Regents. Mahabaduge was honored, along with other recipients, at the Scholarship Gala February 21, 2020 in Atlanta.

Dr. Aditi Pai (Governor's Teaching Fellow, 2018-19) is featured in an article on classroom tips for retaining STEM majors. Pai's approach to engaging students in science discussions is to make it about them. She notes, "Natural selection is not something that happens just to dogs and giraffes and whatever the textbook is talking about. It’s something we—as humans—are experiencing."

Read the full article on Course Hero.

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," said Gordon. "IHE has a strong commitment to education in Georgia, and I look forward to being a part of that tradition through this well-respected program."

Marguerite Koepke retired as the director of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program (GTF) at the conclusion of the summer symposium this year. Koepke is professor emerita in the College of Environment and Design and had held a courtesy appointment at the Institute of Higher Education (IHE) to lead the program since 2000.

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