Georgia Gwinnett College hires more than 130 new faculty members

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that more than 130 new faculty members have been hired for the 2010 fall semester. The faculty are now undergoing an orientation program to familiarize themselves with the young institution before the arrival of more than 5,000 students on the first day of classes, Aug. 23.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman announced today that more than 130 new faculty members have been hired for the 2010 fall semester. The faculty are now undergoing an orientation program to familiarize themselves with the young institution before the arrival of more than 5,000 students on the first day of classes, Aug. 23.

Kaufman noted that with the dramatic increase in enrollment and academic subjects being taught at the College, the number of academic disciplines necessarily had to expand.

“Last fall, we had 3,000 students on campus,” he said. “This fall, we will surpass our goal of 5,000 students. We are delighted with the talent and diversity of the new faculty who have joined us to meet our teaching and mentoring requirements.”

The new faculty members fill 75 full-time and more than 50 part-time positions, and will bring the College’s total academic staff to more than 300. The educators represent business, education, liberal arts, science, technology and student success disciplines.

GGC received 4,977 applications for the full-time faculty positions. Kaufman noted that the academic world is drawn to a teaching college.

“We are an undergraduate teaching college, and we are fortunate that we have been able to attract talented professors who share our commitment to teaching and student engagement,” Kaufman said.

Stas Preczewski, vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, noted that the applicants came from across the nation.

“We were fortunate to have interest from many states and academic institutions. This, to me, is a great testimony to the reputation GGC is gaining throughout the nation.”

Rebecca Flynn came to GGC from the University of South Dakota. She has a doctorate from the University of Houston, and teaches contemporary literature.

“One of the aspects that attracted me to GGC was the fact that I would be a part of a like-minded community working to build the College from the ground up,” Flynn said. “Much progress has already been made in that regard and I can tell everyone who works here is enthusiastic about the evolution taking place. I am delighted to be here and can't wait to contribute to this process.”

Tess Reid has an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco in learning and instruction with an emphasis in secondary special education.

“The faculty and students are so very fortunate to have such visionary leadership from the president, deans and support staff,” said Reid. “The student mentoring and student-centered approach to teaching and learning benefits every student's success here, and I can hardly wait for the students to arrive on Aug. 23.

I feel so fortunate to have been selected to work at GGC because this place rocks!”

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