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The Charger Report Academic Affairs Updates


Welcome Back! – Academic Affairs is happy to report that Dr. Diane Langston will be returning in more of a full-time capacity this fall as Academic Dean for the eLearning Division and Interim Director of Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation following successful cancer treatment over the past academic year.

Faculty Publications – Dr. Bronson Long, Associate Professor of History and Director of Global Initiatives and Study Abroad, has a contract to publish his manuscript No Easy Occupation: French Imperialism in the German Saar, 1944-1957. The publisher, Camden House, is an academic press that specializes in German literature, culture and history. The book will come out in 2015.

Dr. Susan Claxton, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Human Services Program, is soon to publish her book Just Keep Praying: A Journey About Life, Death, and Living with Westbow Press.

Rebecca Sims, Associate Professor of Political Science, in March published a moot international court judgment on the responsibility to protect in international law in the book Understanding International Law Through Moot Courts, by Henry Carey and Stacy M. Mitchell, published by Lexington Books

GHC Rejoins eCore – as of August 7, the faculty voted to rejoin eCore. eCore is short for electronic core-curriculum and allows University System of Georgia students the opportunity to complete the first two years of their collegiate careers in an online environment. eCore courses are taught entirely online, except for the occasional proctored exam. eCore courses are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the University System.

Annual GHC Speech Competition – the 2014 GHC Speech Competition doubled in size over the previous year with forty-two competitors. Many GHC and community personnel contributed their time as volunteers, helpers or judges. This event was sponsored by several community businesses and the GHC Teaching and Learning Center. Planning is already under way for the 2015 event. Contact Steve Stuglin (sstuglin@highlands.edu) for details or to volunteer.

Faculty Members Win Award – Cindy Wheeler, Associate Professor of English, and Dr. Kristie Kemper, Professor of English, each received the Wilton C. Scott Award for Excellence in Scholastic Journalism presented by the Southern Regional Press Institute in February, 2014. These two faculty members are the faculty advisors for the Six Mile Post student newspaper.

National Workshops – Dr. Steven Blankenship, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Shannon Bontrager, Assistant Professor of History, have been participating over the past three years in the “Bridging Cultures” workshop sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and organized by the American Historical Association.  This workshop runs three years culminating in this year's meeting in New York City at the annual American Historical Association Conference.  The theme of the workshop has been methods of bringing the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds more fully into United States history survey courses.

Changes in Academic Affairs – there are several personnel changes that are coming to Academic Affairs this fall:

Dr. Renva Watterson, interim President of the college, will return to the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs upon the arrival of permanent president Dr. Donald Green in September.

Dr. Laura Musselwhite, interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, will be leaving the college in September to take a position as Dean of Instruction at the Valencia Campus of the University of New Mexico. Dr. Diane Langston, Academic Dean for the eLearning Division, will be stepping in as interim Director of Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation upon Musselwhite’s departure.

Donna Daugherty, Academic Dean for the Natural Sciences and Physical Education Division, will be retiring as of September 1. Dr. Mark Knauss, Professor of Biology, will be stepping in as interim Dean of the division upon Daugherty’s retirement.



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