Three Georgia Southern University faculty named 2012 Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Pictured L-R: Steve Vives, Sabrina Ross and June Joyner (Source: GSU)
Pictured L-R: Steve Vives, Sabrina Ross and June Joyner (Source: GSU)

STATESBORO, GA (WTVM) - Three Georgia Southern University faculty members have been named Governor's Teaching Fellows.

Sabrina Ross, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading and June Joyner, an instructor in the Department of Writing & Linguistics were selected for the Summer Symposium Program for 2012.

Steve Vives, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biology and professor of Biology, has been selected for the 2012-2013 Academic Year Symposia Program.

The Governor's Teaching Fellow program, established in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller, provides a unique opportunity for Georgia's higher education faculty to develop important teaching skills, particularly as they relate to emerging technologies so critical in the 21st century classroom.  The overall goal is to enhance instruction in public and private higher education statewide.

"Georgia Southern University is fortunate to have an outstanding group of faculty members and we are very proud of Sabrina, June and Steve," said Jean Bartels, Ph.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southern.  "These individuals have distinguished themselves as outstanding teachers and this is not only a terrific honor, but an opportunity to work with their colleagues throughout the state to improve higher education in Georgia."

As Governor's Teaching Fellows, the three Georgia Southern faculty members will work with other outstanding professors from both public and private institutions across the state.  Collaborative work throughout the academic year allows the Fellows to learn new approaches to teaching and fosters a relationship between professionals in varied disciplines.

Governor's Teaching Fellows may participate in academic year symposia, an intensive summer symposium, or an academic-year residency at the University of Georgia. Past symposia have addressed numerous topics in using technology in the classroom and other pedagogical innovations.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,000 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. In 2012, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia's HOPE scholars.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. For more information visit:

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