GGC adds more than 180 new faculty to serve expanded student body

Georgia Gwinnett College added more than 180 new full-time and part-time faculty to bring its total faculty count to about 500 for the fall 2011 semester. This represents a 32 percent increase in faculty positions over the fall of 2010.

Georgia Gwinnett College added more than 180 new full-time and part-time faculty to bring its total faculty count to about 500 for the fall 2011 semester. This represents a 32 percent increase in faculty positions over the fall of 2010.

“With current enrollment surpassing 8,400 students, Georgia Gwinnett College finds itself in the fortunate position of creating more jobs. It is astounding when you compare our current numbers to our original 118 students and 10 charter faculty members when GGC opened its doors a mere five years ago,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman.

“Since fall 2010, GGC has experienced dramatic student growth, with the addition of more than 3,600 students, along with a steady expansion of academic programs,” said Lois Richardson, acting vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. “These new faculty positions are essential for continuing GGC’s standard of educational excellence.”

The college received more than 6,200 faculty applications, which included a diverse pool of candidates from across the country. New faculty members recently participated in an orientation program that introduced them to the college and existing faculty. The newcomers will provide instruction in various disciplines within GGC’s five schools: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Science and Technology and the newly formed Transitional Studies.

“The large number of applicants indicates that Georgia Gwinnett appeals to talented and committed educators,” said Kaufman. “GGC is passionate about teaching and shaping the future by mentoring and inspiring the citizens and leaders of tomorrow. We are proud to have selected faculty who share this same desire and dedication.” 

Eugene Asola, assistant professor of physical education, is new to the college.

“When I looked at GGC's mission, the integrated educational approach immediately caught my attention, and to find an institution which is new and growing like GGC is quite uncommon,” Asola said. “I knew I wanted to be a part of this institution and this collection of people.”

This enthusiasm has not diminished among more veteran faculty members.

Marilyn Dolven, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the School of Education, looks forward to the start of the fall 2011 semester. This is the first year the school’s full program is available to students.

“I am excited about this semester,” Dolven said. “Our program is growing. We will have student teachers in Gwinnett County schools and the School of Education will graduate its first class this December. We are ready to hit the ground running.”

Dolven was one of many faculty members who spent this past weekend helping new students move into the GGC residence halls.

“It was so much fun to see the enthusiasm on the faces of the students and parents,” she said. “You could see that they are so excited about coming to college. This is going to be a great year.”

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