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Georgia College earns Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award

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Georgia College’s Department of Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education has been selected to receive the 2011 Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award for Departments and Programs.  

The statewide review committee organized by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia stated that its members were very impressed with the department’s commitment to preparing highly successful K-12 teachers. 

“The evidence of the success of the program’s award-winning graduates is outstanding, and their placement and retention rate is exceptional,” the committee reported. “The use of mentor leaders and the mentor leader groups takes the cohort model of teacher preparation to another level.”

The faculty work collaboratively within and outside their department, and their list of grants and scholarly accomplishments is impressive as well, according to the review.

“It is clear the department has a statewide reputation for leadership and excellence in teacher preparation in Georgia,” the review states.

The Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award and the Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award are the highest honors for faculty at Georgia’s public colleges and universities.

“I congratulate the faculty of the department, its chair, Dr. Nancy Mizelle, and the interim dean of the College of Education, Dr. Jane Hinson, for this outstanding award and for the excellent work over the years that the award recognizes,” said Georgia College President Dorothy Leland. 

Created in 1996, the Regents’ Awards program recognizes the finest among the University System of Georgia’s full-time instructional faculty for their demonstrated educational excellence in teaching and in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Award recipients in the past have had a record of superlative teaching and a strong commitment to impacting student learning and to fostering the academic success of students.

Dr. Deborah Vess, special assistant to the provost and professor of history and interdisciplinary studies at Georgia College, was selected in 2007 for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. That individual award recognizes an educator who has shown a sustained professional commitment to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) with accomplishments in advancing the SOTL dialogue at the local and national levels.

“This year our Department of Early Childhood and Middle Grades Education is the sole winner of the department/program award,” Leland said. “This is truly an outstanding record for which all of us can be very proud indeed.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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