Georgia Gwinnett College is Hiring

Colleges simply do not ramp up as quickly as Georgia Gwinnett College. Typically, hiring 10 or 20 new professors in a year is a quantum leap, even for a much larger university. During the next six month period prior to opening the college in the fall for its first freshmen class, the number of PhD faculty at GGC will increase from 10 to more than 100, a remarkable task for the president, his senior staff, and the deans of the four-year college.

Colleges simply do not ramp up as quickly as Georgia Gwinnett College. Typically, hiring 10 or 20 new professors in a year is a quantum leap, even for a much larger university. During the next six month period prior to opening the college in the fall for its first freshmen class, the number of PhD faculty at GGC will increase from 10 to more than 100, a remarkable task for the president, his senior staff, and the deans of the four-year college.

GGC President Daniel Kaufman noted that hiring new faculty was among his most important and pleasurable assignments. “We initially thought that getting qualified faculty with doctorate degrees in specific disciplines for this new venture would be an impossible job. Nothing could be further from our experience.”

“The response to our job offers has been remarkable,” stated Kaufman. “Many are giving up comfortable and lucrative assignments to come to this fledgling institution. I think we are all gratified that so many educators want to come and work here.” Kaufman added that his human resources office has received more than 1,100 resumes with applicants from the Ivy League, top colleges and universities from most of the fifty states and beyond.

Dr. Stanley Preczewski, vice president for academic and student affairs, ultimately responsible for the hiring, stated that most of the applicants want to be a part of GGC because it’s so new. “I think educators want to be teachers first and administrators or researchers next. We are challenging our new faculty with a different paradigm for higher education—one that hopefully will produce higher retention, progression and graduation rates for our students.”

Preczewski also stated that the unique focus of GGC was an added incentive to high caliber faculty. “We are fortunate to have some of the best minds in the nation resident at the college helping us create solutions in educational success. Our curriculum will use technology to encourage success; however, the true measure of accomplishment will be in the ultimate achievement of our students. This is highly motivating for a teacher.”

Drs. Jim Nolan and Candace Timpte, a husband and wife team from the University of New Orleans, recently accepted new positions at GGC teaching in the biological sciences. “Building a college from the ground up and establishing high quality educational programs is a huge challenge; I want to participate in this amazing opportunity,” says Timpte. She adds that their New Orleans home was inundated by eight feet of floodwater, and most of their possessions ruined. Although they were never in danger, they are looking forward to building a new life and making Gwinnett County their new home.

While Nolan and Timpte both received their PhDs from Duke University, others come with degrees from Dartmouth, Emory, William and Mary, Columbia, Washington and Lee, Georgia Tech, UGA and Vassar.

Dr. Jennifer Wunder, a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute for Technology says that she chose to accept a new position at Georgia Gwinnett College because it is a “rare and exciting opportunity.” She adds that creating a college with the student population and community in mind makes “GGC a dream school for a teacher like me. I couldn’t possibly resist!”

Kaufman concluded by stating that the college is shaping up to be a place where individuals can pursue the ideal of teaching in an environment that encourages success, leadership, and professional development. “By offering a blend of technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership we will achieve an outstanding faculty—one of which we can all appropriately be proud.”

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