Judy Awong-Taylor

Dr. Judy Awong-Taylor

Professor of Biology

  • Office H-3242
  • Office Phone
  • Cell Phone 678.682.5483
  • Email Address jawongta@ggc.edu
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Biography

Dr. Judy Awong-Taylor is a professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, Ga. She received her bachelor’s degree in zoology and botany from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida in the area of environmental microbiology. 

Prior to joining GGC, Awong was a professor of biology and interim department head at Armstrong Atlantic State University and also served as director of the University System of Georgia’s STEM Initiative. She is a PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellow and is actively involved in improving undergraduate life science education via departmental-level change. During her tenure at AASU, she was involved in undergraduate research, student-centered learning and K-16 collaborative activities. Her current interests center on STEM education and as a PULSE Leadership Fellow she is actively involved in efforts focused on departmental and institutional change. 

She is passionate about teaching and is the recipient of AASU’s Kristina Brockmeier Faculty Teaching and Service Award, the H. Dean Propst Teaching Excellence Award, and the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award. She has authored and co-authored several lab manuals, is the recipient of multiple grants and has presented with her students at numerous professional conferences. Awong also served as a Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society advisor for fourteen years and is an active member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists where she currently serves as vice president.

Education

  • Doctorate – environmental microbiology – University of Florida
  • Master's – environmental microbiology – University of Florida
  • Bachelor's – zoology and botany – University of the West Indies

Academic Interests

  • Environmental sciences
  • STEM education
  • Microbiology

Distinctions

  • PULSE Vision & Change Leadership Fellow
  • University System of Georgia's Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award
  • Nominated for the CASE/Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year Award
  • H. Dean Propst Teaching Excellence Award
  • AASU Kristina Brockmeier Faculty Teaching and Service Award