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GHC welcomes new faculty

GHC welcomes new faculty

Rome - Sept. 16, 2014

Fifteen new faculty from varying educational experiences and backgrounds joined Georgia Highlands College this semester.

"We are extremely excited to have added these talented, astute educators to our already dynamic faculty,Ē GHC President Donald Green said. ďGHC is focused on making education relevant, accessible and beneficial to the community, while maintaining quality as we grow. Our faculty, as a whole, is evidence of that aim.Ē

James ďJackĒ Benton, an assistant professor of biology, holds a doctor of medicine from Medical College of Georgia. He attained a bachelorís degree in chemistry from Armstrong Atlantic State University and worked as an instructor at Pellissippi State Community College.

Amy Burger, a new library faculty member at the Cartersville campus, comes to GHC from the University of North Georgia where she was the electronic resources librarian. Burger earned a masterís degree in library and information science from Valdosta State University.

Susan Carroll achieved a masterís degree in applied mathematics in 1996 at the University of Alabama. As the lead developmental math instructor at Florida Keys Community College, she created the development math and online statistics classes. Carroll is an instructor of mathematics.

Kathy Cochran is an assistant professor of nursing education and has taught health-related education since 1998. In her former position at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, she was the assistant dean of nursing and allied health, as well as program director for practical nursing. She earned her doctorate in education for nurse of educators at the University of Alabama.

LaDeitris ďDedaĒ Ferguson achieved seven years of clinical experience in various aspects of nursing combined with her classroom experience gained at the University of Alabama and Jefferson State Community College. She is currently enrolled in Samford University and pursing doctorate degree in nursing practice. Ferguson is an instructor of nursing education.

Amy Gandolfi, an instructor of communication, acquired her masterís degree at Georgia State University. Prior to pursing educational goals, she worked as an on-air personality and in corporate public relations and marketing.

Abigail Greenbaum studied history at Brown University and earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in a variety of publications including Oxford American. Greenbaum is an instructor of English.

Alfred ďChrisĒ Hart, instructor of mathematics, achieved a masterís in applied mathematics at Western Carolina University and a bachelorís in mathematics from Berry College. Hart has gained 11 years experience in teaching, with several of those years spent in secondary education.

Luba Ibrahim, also an instructor of mathematics, has completed a masterís in mathematics from the University of Charleston. She completed bachelorís degrees in physics and math simultaneously in a five-year period at the College of Charleston. Ibrahim gained teaching experience at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Perimeter College.

Maggie Murphy, a librarian on the Rome campus, earned a masterís degree in library and information science from Rutgers University. Murphy worked previously at the libraries of St. Francis College and Queens College.

Gregory Smith completed a doctorate in philosophy from Florida State University in 2002. At the University of Miami, he earned a masterís degree. Smith taught classes such ethics and society, philosophy and humanities at Patrick Henry College, Samford University and Gadsen State Community College. †At GHC, he is an instructor of philosophy.

Misty Smith, an instructor of nursing education, has 22 years of experience in a variety of health-related occupations. She earned a masterís degree in family nurse practitioner at Kennesaw State University and a bachelorís in nursing from the University of West Georgia.

Paula Stover holds a masterís degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut and her bachelorís degree from the University of Illinois contained a focus on holistic health. In 1991, she was published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing. She is an assistant professor of nursing education.

Stanley Williams, an instructor of mathematics, moved to GHC from Rockmart High School where he was head of the math department. Williams earned bachelorís degrees from Berry College, Georgia Institute of Technology and Kennesaw State University prior to gaining a masterís degree in math education at the University of West Georgia and later a education specialist degree in educational administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

Stephanie Wright holds a doctorate in social psychology from North Carolina State University. She has 13 years of experience as an educator and has been published numerous times since 2000. Wright has also worked on a dozen grant projects, including several in which she was the principal grant writer. She is an assistant professor of psychology.

GHCís faculty is currently comprised of 148 members ranging from teaching faculty to administration to librarians.

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