GHC’s Gore Named Governors Teaching Fellow
Libby Gore, instructor of learning support mathematics and director of the First Year Experience at Georgia Highlands, has been named a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for academic year 2011-2012. The fellows are chosen from around the state for a program jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia. The fellowships were created by former Governor Zell Miller to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.
Gore is one of 12 faculty members who will be taking six three-day symposiums in Athens at the Institute on a variety of pedagogical subjects. This year’s subjects include grant writing, conflict management, instructional practices and learning styles, distance education and student engagement.
Each fellow is required to complete a project after the summer sessions are over that relates to one of the symposium subjects. Gore expects hers to focus on the First Year Experience and educational technology, which will help her in efforts to improve the FYE for all students.
“Many of our students are first-generation college attenders,” Gore said. “They don’t know what to expect from the experience. They may not have good study skills. They probably don’t know what faculty members expect of them. They don’t have a good understanding of how to research subjects and use the resulting information to substantiate their own thoughts. So teaching them these fundamental skills is profoundly rewarding. Seeing our students succeed when they have faced so many challenges to get to college is enormously satisfying.”
Most of the sessions will take place on weekends throughout the 2011-2012 academic year.