On Sept. 18, GGC hosted the second annual Faculty Scholarship and Creativity Celebration in the Kaufman Library, and attendant faculty were hopeful that the new administration will do more to support their scholarship.
While the previous administration paid “lip service” to supporting faculty scholarship, said Dr. Robert Haining, Associate Professor of Chemistry, the new administration appears to be pointed more squarely “in the right direction,” in large part due to President Jann Joseph’s background as a scientist and researcher.
Although the event was modest, faculty appreciated the recognition.
“It is one way the college can affirm the scholarship that is being done,” said Dr. Frank Smith, Lecturer of History. “It’s a nice thing to have that affirmation.”
Faculty expect the administration to express its support in dollars, as well.
“One-hundred percent, I believe that,” said Dr. Umar Khokhar, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, when asked if he expects more funding under the leadership of President Joseph. He noted her fundraising credentials, which weighed heavily in her appointment as president.
President Joseph took the podium at the opening of the event and commended faculty for their scholarly excellence, before introducing the Provost, Dr. T.J. Arant, who made similar remarks.
“It is so important that we take a moment to reflect on the fact that while our priority is excellence in teaching—and mentoring our students, of course—our faculty and staff also work very hard to expand the body of knowledge in their respective disciplines,” President Joseph said.
“You bring distinction to your careers and to Georgia Gwinnett College.”
GGC may not be an elite institution, but its faculty are doing important work.
“It’s very impressive if you look at what faculty are publishing,” said Barb Mann, Dean of Library Services and leading coordinator of the event. “This is an institution that in the past has focused on teaching, but faculty are doing more than just teaching. They’re contributing to the body of knowledge that people are then using to learn from, and that’s an important thing to recognize.”
“There has been research that has contributed to medical breakthroughs,” she said.
The Kaufman Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence compiled a bibliography of 77 peer-reviewed works from Aug. 2018 to 2019, which can be found here.
“Typically, people think of academics as primarily teachers,” said Dr. Laurel Holland, Interim Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. “But when they go home, they don’t stop working. They’re sort of on the clock all the time.”
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