Dr. Justin E. Jernigan


Dr. Justin E. Jernigan

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Dean of Student Success

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Dr. Justin Jernigan has served as dean of Student Success and senior associate vice president in the division of Student Success since January 2020. Prior to his current role, he served as dean of Transitional Studies at GGC. He holds a B.A. in Russian and M.A. in linguistics from the University of Florida. He also received his Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Florida, Program in Linguistics. He earned his Ph.D. in multilingual-multicultural education from Florida State University in 2007. Jernigan has taught English as a second language (ESL) since 1996. He teaches English courses at GGC, where he has been since July 2007.


  • Doctorate – multilingual-multicultural education – Florida State University
  • Master’s – linguistics – University of Florida
  • Bachelor’s – Russian – University of Florida
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language – University of Florida, Program in Linguistics

Academic Interests

  • Second language reading, writing and vocabulary development
  • Tutoring effectiveness
  • English as a second language theory and practice
  • Applied linguistics


  • Invited faculty mentor, TESOL International Convention, Doctoral student forum, Toronto, 2015
  • Integrated Education Award, from GGC Student Involvement and the Student Center, 2013-2014
  • GGC Faculty Senate president, 2011-2012
  • Phillip R. Fordyce Award for Distinguished Teaching, Center for Intensive English Studies, Florida State University, 2006