Dr. Bagie George of GGC receives prestigious USG faculty award

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Dr. Bagie George, associate professor of biology and assistant dean in Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Science and Technology, has received the 2018 Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award. 

The University System of Georgia’s (USG) highest faculty honor, the award was presented at the recent 14th Annual Regents’ Scholarship Gala. George is the sixth GGC faculty member to receive this award since the college opened in 2006.

George had wanted to be a doctor since she was a young child, and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology in preparation for medical school. However, after receiving recognition for her teaching skills during graduate school, she realized that she enjoyed being in the classroom.  

“In Latin, doctor means teacher,” George said. “My dream job was not to become a physician, after all, but to earn my doctorate and become a professor. And to me, this is the best type of doctor – one who teaches our future physicians and scientists.”   

After obtaining her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Georgia, George taught at two USG institutions before joining Georgia Gwinnett as a charter faculty member in 2006. She quickly made her mark.

“Dr. George was instrumental in the creation of our enviable biology program and the design of our newest laboratory science building,” said Dr. Stas Preczewski, GGC president. “Perhaps most importantly, she served as the sole author of our initial faculty manual, a document that set the cultural tone of student-focused instruction for all GGC faculty.”

George is known by both science and non-science majors as a champion for students and faculty alike. Her instructional creativity is unparalleled. 

“She is the complete mosaic of a sincere, enthusiastic, meaningful and gifted teacher,” Preczewski said. “She challenges all whom she teaches, mentors and inspires.”

George recently won GGC’s 2017 Outstanding Teaching Award, and was then nominated for the USG’s Felton Jenkins, Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award. 

While this distinction means a lot to George, she said the student and alumni nomination letters submitted to the USG bring her the most joy. In those letters, the authors share personal stories about the difference George made for them in their educational pursuits.

“These letters are the awards,” said George. “Not only have I found my dream job, I now am able to help my students find theirs.”

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