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New doctoral degree in educational innovation will impact students, university, and community

According to Dr. Wayne Lord, Associate Dean of Georgia Regents University’s College of Education, the newly created doctoral degree in educational innovation is generating a lot of attention.

“We recently had 18 applicants on campus for interviews and to participate in a writing exercise,” Lord said. “The folks we interviewed are very excited about the possibilities and intrigued by the design of the program and the fact that it’s about making a difference. They see it as purposeful.”

The Educational Innovation EdD is the first doctoral program in the College of Education and the university’s first doctoral program outside of health and medicine. Lord said they initially considered offering a PhD, but after consolidation, the focus shifted toward an EdD.

“We are approaching this as a practitioner’s degree, trying to better prepare those who are already working in educational settings and to help them perform even more efficiently,” he said. “So we’re not really trying to prepare them to be researchers who are going to focus on or develop theories. As much as their hands are already dirty with the work, we’re trying to see how they can get their hands dirtier.”

Lord said that by focusing on real problems of practice, the EdD program will help groom the educational leaders of tomorrow to influence from within.

“It’s not really preparing folks to transition to another career,” he said. “It really is to focus on wherever your educational setting is so that people can work and effect change at that level.”

Because the program will be asking local school districts for input about the problems they are facing while also working with them to develop solutions, some are calling this a consultancy approach, which is fine by Lord.

“This is kind of at the heart of what we’re doing,” he said. “The personal growth and development that occurs while completing the doctoral program is great for the individual, but what’s the so what? Through our doctoral program, we’re trying to prepare educators who will be able to deliver on the so what.”

The program is modeled after the strong program put together at Vanderbilt.

“They have folks from all over the country who fly in on weekends,” Lord said. “So we’ve tried to steal and borrow from the best.”

Consequently, the program will follow a cohort approach, with the 12 to 15 students working together. The belief among those at GRU is that change in education is facilitated when people are able to collaborate.

“That’s kind of the hidden curriculum inside our program,” he said. “The cohort size is intentional because a lot of the work they’re going to do is going to be done in groups and those groups will be changing, so they’re going to have to transfer those interpersonal skills and learn about other people and what their work habits are like, because that’s what it’s like in the real world.”

Not only will they be working in groups throughout the program, but their dissertation in practice will be a collaboration as well.

Another plus, especially given the current financial pressures: The new program is kicking off without the addition of any new faculty.

Offers of admission will go out in April, and classes will start in May.

New Dean of College of Education

Dr. Zach Kelehear, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of South Carolina, has been named Dean of the College of Education at Georgia Regents University, effective July 1.

An educator with more than 25 years of classroom and administrative experience, Kelehear has also held teaching and leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Furman University, North Carolina State University, and within Georgia’s public school systems.

“I am excited to welcome Zach’s leadership of ‘imagination and courage’ to augment the already exemplary work of Dean Chance, who is retiring at the end of this academic year, and the College of Education’s faculty and staff,” said GRU Provost Gretchen Caughman. “Please join me in welcoming him to Georgia Regents University.”

Kelehear is the author of a number of leadership books including “The Art of Leadership: A Choreography of Human Understanding, Instructional leadership as Art: Connecting ISLLC and Aesthetic Inspiration” and “Leading without Being Stung: The Instructional Leader Meets the Apiarist,” which is based on very personal experiences.

“Effective leading invites teaching that involves experiment, reflection, and refinement,” Kelehear has said. “If we can imagine, if we can have the courage, we can have the type of schools that are worthy of our children in the 21st century.”

He is the recipient of the Inspirational Teaching Award from USC and the Teacher of the Year Award from Dunwoody High School, where he held his first teaching position. He received the Meritorious Teaching Award from Furman University in 1994 and the Summa Teaching Award in 1994 and 1991.

Kelehear received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Furman University and his doctoral degree from North Carolina State University.

College of Education will host statewide education conference

Educators from across the state of Georgia will converge upon the Georgia Regents University Summerville campus for the 17th annual Impacting Student Learning Conference on Saturday, March 21. The conference will offer teachers practical strategies for enhancing P-12 learning.

“The response statewide has been tremendous,” said Conference Coordinator Judi Wilson, professor of education in GRU’s College of Education. “We are excited to host original topics and new presenters from school systems and universities from all over the state.”

With sessions from a diverse group of presenters, topics will include – but are not limited to – Common Core, assessment, classroom management, differentiation, bullying, RTI, inclusion, content-based learning, and time and stress management. The conference is unique in scope because presentations are practitioner based, but include everyone from undergraduate students to practicing classroom teachers to university faculty. The goal is for participants to be able to implement on Monday morning what they learned on Saturday in the education sessions. The conference schedule and sessions can be viewed by clicking here.

Georgia’s Teacher of the Year for 2013, Lauren Eckman, will give the keynote address. Eckman is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at the Georgia Academy for the Blind. A strong advocate of special education, Eckman works diligently to empower her students to achieve their highest levels of education and independence. She earned her bachelor’s, summa cum laude, from Wesleyan College; and her master’s, summa cum laude, from the University of Louisville. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.

“Eckman is a teacher at the Georgia Academy for the Blind in Macon, so she brings a unique perspective to education, the needs of the differently abled and on motivating and engaging students in ways that are culturally relevant. She’s very engaging and inspiring,” Wilson said.

In addition to professional development, the conference will host the largest educational vendor fair the conference has ever had. It will feature the latest products and technology for the P-12 classroom.

“Getting out of the classroom removes the pressure and isolation of teachers, which allows teachers to just share and learn,” Wilson said. “It’s a great, low-cost way to renew enthusiasm and find new inspiration.”

Registration: FREE for GRU faculty and students; and FREE for faculty in GRU’s Partner Network School Districts. Optional box lunch is $7. Registration for non-GRU students is $25 and includes lunch. Registration for all others is $50, and includes box lunch.

2015 Impacting Student Learning Conference

Saturday, March 21

Georgia Regents University

University Hall

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GRU-affiliated hospitals rank high in state

Georgia Trend magazine ranked Georgia Regents Medical Center – the flagship hospital for the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University – and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany — at No. 3 and No. 7, respectively — among the Top Teaching Hospitals in the state in their 2014 Top Hospitals feature. Phoebe Putney is the hub of MCG’s fi11-14-cover-743e6678rst satellite medical campus – the Southwest Georgia Clinical Campus – for third- and fourth-year medical students. The Children’s Hospital of Georgia also has a pediatrics presence at Phoebe. In addition, Floyd Medical Center, part of GRU’s Northwest Clinical Campus for MCG students, was ranked second best teaching hospital in the state.

There are more than 130 hospitals dotting the Georgia landscape. To determine the rankings, officials at Georgia Trend grouped hospitals of similar size and mission together and compared them with their peer institutions. The top hospitals are listed in five categories: Teaching Hospitals, Large Hospitals (more than 400 beds), Medium-sized Hospitals (151-399 beds), Small Hospitals (fewer than 150 beds), and Critical Access Hospitals (rural community hospitals, typically with fewer than 25 beds).

The data used to compile the rankings came from publicly available information on quality of care, patient satisfaction, mortality and readmission statistics, and hospital-acquired infections and conditions. The information comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is available at hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. The data download date for our analysis is July 2014.

TOP TEACHING HOSPITALS
Hospitals affiliated with accredited medical schools that provide education and training opportunities for students:

  1. Emory University Hospital – Atlanta
  2. Floyd Medical Center – Rome
  3. Georgia Regents Medical Center – Augusta
  4. Navicent Health** – Macon
  5. Emory University Hospital Midtown – Atlanta
  6. Midtown Medical Center – Columbus
  7. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – Albany
  8. Atlanta Medical Center – Atlanta
  9. Houston Medical Center – Warner Robins
  10. Memorial Health University Medical Center – Savannah
  11. Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross – Waycross
  12. Grady Memorial Hospital – Atlanta

**Formerly Medical Center of Central Georgia

To see other hospital categories and rankings, read the full article in the December issue of Georgia Trend magazine.

College of Education to host RTI Workshop

The College of Education  will host a free workshop on  Response-to-Intervention, a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. This event will be held Monday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom on Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus.

GRU Education Professor Nai-Cheng Kuo says that the demand for educators trained in RTI is expected to continue to expand over the next 10 years. Based on multiple assessment data, special education teachers utilize tailored instructional methods to assist diverse students with different physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive needs. Accommodation and modification are incorporated to accelerate students’ learning.

“We hold professional development workshops every semester and closely work with our partner schools to ensure that all students can succeed with caring, love, respect, and evidence-based practices,” Kuo said.

This event is open to the public. However, registration is required and space is limited.  A certificate will be provided to those who complete the two-hour workshop and PLU credits will also be included.

For more information on the RTI Workshop, contact Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo at 706-667-4776 or nkuo@gru.edu. You can also click here to reserve your spot.

View the complete workshop schedule below:

  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome by Dr. Lucindia Chance, College of Education Dean, and Dr. Linda Crawford, Department of Teacher Education Chair
  • 5:35 p.m. – Merging RTI and PBIS, presented by Dr. Nai-Cheng Kuo, Special Education Coordinator
  • 5:50 p.m. – RTI in Richmond County, presented Dr. Angela Pringle, Superintendent of Richmond County
  • 6:10 p.m. – RTI in McDuffie County, presented by Pam Walker, McDuffie Elementary School Counselor
  • 6:30 p.m. – Break
  • 6:40 p.m. – RTI in Columbia County, presented by Alice Pretlow, Assessment/504/RTI Coordinator, and Cindy Canaday, RTI Facilitator
  • 7 p.m. – Statewide RTI, presented by Lynn L. Pennington, Executive Director of the Student Support Team Association for Georgia Educators (SSTAGE)
  • 7:20 p.m. – Closing

The Augusta Chronicle highlights student run ‘open access’ journal

The College of Education is preparing to published Georgia Regents University’s new open- access online journal designed for and by graduate students.

The Augusta Chronicle highlighted the journal, Transforming Education, in the article GRU prepares graduate student run ‘open access’ journal. Click here to view the story.

 

GRU celebrates Open Access Week

Written by contributing writer Kim Mears, Scholarly Communications Librarian in Georgia Regents University’s Greenblatt Library

In spring 2013, Georgia Regents University’s Libraries began working with College of Education professor Dr. Andrew Kemp to provide guidance on starting an open access journal as part of their potential doctoral in education program.

The process of creating the journal, Transforming Education, started with the college designing the journal and  beginning with the aim, scope, and editorial and review boards.

It was also designed through a collaborative effort between the faculty and education specialist students in the College of Education.

In support of this open access initiative, the libraries began developing a plan of action to host the journal through Scholarly Commons, Georgia Regents University Institutional Repository, which launched in early 2009 serving as a digital repository  documenting, preserving, and providing access to research, scholarship, and historical records of the university.

The journal received several submissions and is set to be published in December.

Open Access Journals allow researchers to make their scholarly works freely available to anyone solving some of the challenges posed by subscription journals. Currently, the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) indexes over 10,000 peer-reviewed journals. Open access journals were first introduced in 2000 by two globally recognized publishers, Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central (BMC).

Open Access Week, Oct. 20-26, is celebrated to highlight the potential benefits of open access publications and aims to inspire wider participation throughout the academic and research community.

In recognition of this week, GRU Libraries will host a celebratory event tomorrow, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Greenblatt Library. Be sure to stop by the Library’s Information Desk for cake and refreshments.

Click here to learn more about GRU’s journal Transforming Education.

Columbia County Teacher of the Year finalists are all GRU Grads

The Columbia County Board of Education has released the list of the finalists for 2014 Teacher of the Year, alongside the winner for the 2014 Media Specialist of the Year.

All of the professionals recognized are graduates of the Georgia Regents University College of Education.

Media Specialist of the Year is Delta Casey (MEd, 1998; EdS, 2001), of Greenbrier Middle School.

Teacher of the Year finalists are:

  • Kim Buchanan (MEd, May 2007; current EdS student), AP language arts teacher at Grovetown High School
  • Karen Collins (BA, 1987; MEd, 1990; EdS, 1999), math teacher at Harlem Middle School
  • Izabella Kean (EdS, 2013), art teacher at Greenbrier Elementary School
  • Anne Tucker (BSED, 1995; MEd, 2007; EdS, 2009), physical education teacher at Lewiston Elementary School
  • Rebecca Walls (BSED, 2003; EdS, 2009), third grade teacher at Euchee Creek Elementary School.

Of the five finalists, one will be chosen as the Columbia County Teacher of the Year in October at a special banquet. The Teacher of the Year and the Media Specialist of the Year will represent Columbia County in November in Atlanta at the state level. In May, the Georgia Department of Education will name the Georgia Teacher of the Year and the Georgia Media Specialist of the Year.

 

College update: What’s new around campus

From new programs to new people, the colleges around campus have some exciting new changes for the faculty and students for the fall.

College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences is excited about the new school year and what the college has to offer students, both returning and new. One of the big changes is the appointment of Dr. Abiodun Akinwuntan as Associate Dean for Research.

“Under Dr. Akinwuntan’s energetic leadership, our college has seen remarkable growth in research productivity, value, support, and financial sustainability,” said Dr. Andrew Balas, Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences. “I am delighted to support the review committee’s unanimous decision to make his position permanent.”

Also a CAHS Advisory Board has been developed that will inform strategic planning for the college, including development and implementation of short- and long-term goals, community outreach and service, and to garner support for education and research.

Upcoming events:

  • Dean’s State of the College Address – Sept. 23
  • Allied Health Professions Week – Nov. 3-7
  • Dean’s Research Seminar Series (ongoing) – Mark Tarr, EVP/COO of HealthSouth, Aug. 28
  • White Coat Ceremony – Family Day, Oct. 11, for Medical Laboratory Imaging and Radiological Sciences, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy
  • Pinning Ceremony – Family Day, Oct. 11, for Occupational Therapy

New faces and people in new places include:

  • Ana Thompson named Department Chair in Dental Hygiene
  • Pam Kearney named Occupational Therapy Program Director
  • Director Mallory Lanier is the first faculty hired for the new Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Director Amanda Behr with the Clinic for Prosthetic Restoration that is opening
College of Dental Medicine

As the College of Dental Medicine expands its class size from 80 current first-year students to 85 incoming freshmen this fall, it will hold classes in the brand-new Education Commons building, with its state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, two large flexible classrooms, a café, student lounge, and a variety of study environments to accommodate up to 300 students.

The College will educate 320 students total in all four classes – on the way to a goal of 400 total students by 2016. In the past 45 years, 2,254 DMDs have earned their degrees.

New Vice Dean Named

Dr. Kevin Frazier, Professor in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, has been appointed Vice Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, effective Aug. 11. Dr. Frazier currently teaches in the department and maintains a general practice in the Dental Associates clinic.

New Faculty

  • Dr. Maria Paula Gandolfi Paranhos, Instructor, Department of General Dentistry
  • Dr. Jeffrey Hodd, Assistant Professor, Department of General Dentistry
  • Dr. Amany Tawfik, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology-Anatomy
College of Education

The College of Education is proud to announce five new certificate programs: Sport Coaching, Active Aging, Health Professions Educator, Advanced Counselor Education, and Advanced School Counseling, and we expect to launch our new EdD in 2015. The College’s Literacy Center has also gained national recognition from the National Reading Styles Institute. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Science has joined the American Kinesiology Association. We are leading the redesign of educator preparation programs with an innovative pilot program, in conjunction with Richmond County Schools, for teachers in training. To combat math illiteracy in girls and to introduce girls to college and career possibilities, Women in Philanthropy awarded the GRU Literacy Center a grant to host the Path 2 Math 4 Girls yearlong mathematics camp for girls in grades 5 to 8 in Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke counties. Path 2 Math 4 Girls will begin Aug. 16 and run through March.

For the second year, the Georgia Regents University College of Education’s Instructional Resource Center will partner with the CSRA Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) to provide area media specialists with technology training, professional collaboration, and networking opportunities. Workshops will be Sept. 16, Nov. 18, and Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in University Hall, room 221, on the GRU Summerville Campus. The college will also host a Teaching With Primary Sources workshop, sponsored in part by Waynesburg University, on Oct. 11. The professional development workshop helps teachers use a rich reservoir of digitized primary source materials to design challenging, high-quality instruction.

New faculty

  • Cody Morris
  • Christopher (Chris) Mojock
  • Rebecca Stone
  • Dr. Margaux Brown
  • Dr. Kathryn Henderson
  • Dr. Megan Buning (as of Jan. 2014)
  • Dr. Denise Lenares-Solomon (as of Nov. 2013)
  • Nicoetta (Niki) Christodoulou
  • Mary (Molly) Quinn

Returning faculty, after a one-year leave of absence

  • Dr. Laura Russ
College of Nursing

After 70 years of excellence and innovation in academic nursing at GRU and legacies, we are embarking on an exciting journey into the College of Nursing’s eighth decade. This fall, we realize our largest enrollment to date with more than 800 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students taking classes online, here in Augusta and on our Athens campus. For the first three years, we will focus on building the next generation of faculty who will usher nursing education into the future. A cadre of technologically savvy teachers, researchers, and practitioners will embrace the best practices in classroom pedagogy to lead emerging trends in health care. Together, we will ensure the success of our “Eighth Decade” continuing in a tradition of excellence and with an eye toward innovation.

Dr. Annette Bourgault assumed the role of interim Assistant Dean for Assessment and Development on Aug. 1. The position will include developing competencies among all employees, initially working with new and seasoned faculty to assess and facilitate development of core teaching competencies.

New Faces

  • Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” NeSmith has been appointed Chair of the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing.
  • Dr. Stephanie Wright has been appointed Director of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program.
  • Dr. Julie Zadinsky has been appointed Director of the PhD in Nursing Program.
  • Shena Gazaway joined the College of Nursing faculty as Instructor in the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing.
  • Michael Stevenson joined the CON Office of Academic and Student Affairs as Administrator.

Upcoming events

  • White Coat Ceremony: Aug. 22 at 2 p.m., Christenberry Fieldhouse – Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science-Clinical Nurse Leader programs will be presented white coats to mark the beginning of their journey into nursing. Family and friends along with CON faculty and staff will be on hand to celebrate with the honorees.
  • State of the College Address: Oct. 3, 1 p.m. – EC-1210 – Dr. Marion will recap accomplishments of the last year and discuss recent developments and plans for the future of the College of Nursing.
  • 2014 CON Fall Convocation (end of fall semester – date/location TBA) – Will celebrate students completing their programs of study in December.
College of Science and Mathematics

The College of Science and Mathematics welcomes 29 freshmen into the Medical Scholars Program and four into the Dental Scholars Program. These programs attract outstanding students and afford them the opportunity to achieve their BS and MD or BS and DMD degrees in only seven years. In each instance, students will spend their first three years in pursuit of the Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences. The Department has recently hired Elizabeth Gorman to be the Program Manager. She will oversee all aspects of the undergraduate portion.

Coming up, the College will host a Welcome Dinner for the incoming freshman class of Medical and Dental Scholars in the JSAC Ballroom on Monday, Aug 25. And the Department of Chemistry and Physics is co-sponsoring a three-part seminar series titled “Materials Science Research Seminar Series Fall 2014.”

The college also welcomes five new research-intensive, tenure-track faculty:

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Jennifer Bradford — studies NF-kB signaling in breast cancer tumor-associated macrophage communication.

Department of Chemistry and Physics

  • Dr. Iryna Lebedyeva — primary research interest: identification and design of novel chemical entities in early drug discovery.
  • Dr. Theja De Silva — research focuses on developing mathematical models to understand the behavior of condensed matter materials.

Department of Mathematics

  • Eric Numfors — research interests: applied mathematics, mathematical biology & ecology, optimal control, mathematical modeling, immuno-epidemiology, eco-epidemiology, numerical analysis, ordinary & partial differential equations with applications to population and diseases.

Department of Psychological Sciences

  • Laurence Miller — research focus: use of behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroscience techniques to examine mechanisms that mediate the function of brain reward systems, with particular interest in drug abuse and pain.
Hull College of Business

The James M. Hull College of Business is kicking off the fall semester with three new faculty members: Dr. Michael Dugan, The Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair in Accounting; Dr. Kevin Cain, management; and Dr. Harley Eades, computer science.

Hull College has launched and begun recruiting students for the school’s first MBA option aimed specifically for graduates with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM. The STEM-MBA Option is a 15-month program focused on the management and commercialization of emerging industries in energy, biotechnology, health care, information, and manufacturing technologies.

The business school also has several events planned for the semester including its annual Accounting Week as well as the Russell A. Blanchard Lecturer in Ethics program being held Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom. This year’s ethics speaker will be Cynthia Cooper, a best-selling author and former accounting executive at WorldCom who uncovered $9 billion in fraud in the company’s accounting books.

Medical College of Georgia

The Medical College of Georgia, the state’s public medical school, starts the new year with 230 new students – the nation’s eighth largest freshman medical school class – representing nine states and 47 Georgia counties.

“This is a bright, already accomplished, and well-rounded group of medical students, and we are so pleased to have them here,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, MCG Dean.

The Class of 2018 at MCG’s main campus in Augusta will be the first to learn in the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons, MCG’s new academic home as well as a state-of-the art facility for interprofessional and dental education. The Education Commons, which should be opening its doors to students in September, will provide a dynamic and eclectic learning environment that includes huge, 300-seat, two-story classrooms; small, intimate learning communities; and an exceptional simulation lab that gives students early, realistic patient experience.

The medical school also starts the new year with a new academic department: the Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine headed by neuroscientist Dr. Lin Mei. Also, in the last academic year, nearly 100 new faculty members have been recruited with a broad range of expertise from children’s heart defects to pulmonary biology to systemic fungal infections and immunology.

Students also have an unprecedented number of dual degree offerings. In addition to the longstanding MD/PhD, they can opt for an MD/MBA in collaboration with the Hull College of Business and an MD/MPH in collaboration with The Graduate School. The 40 freshmen at the Medical Partnership campus in Athens, a second, four-year campus in collaboration with the University of Georgia, have dual degree options available through UGA.

The college is also welcoming many exciting new faculty members including:

  • Dr. Jose A. Vazquez, who was named Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and is an expert in systemic fungal infections and bacterial infections.
  • Dr. Gurmukh Singh, who is a Professor of Pathology and is credited with the discovery of two genes in the lung.
  • Dr. W. Chris Sheils, who is a 1972 graduate of the Medical College and member of the Radiation Therapy Center.
  • Dr. Todd Burgbacher, who is the region’s first fellowship-trained emergency medical services physician and is now part of the first-response team managing the worst accidents and disasters in the Augusta area.

Coming up this semester, we have the MCG Alumni Association, Athens Regional Reception, on Aug. 28, the MCG Foundation 60th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 6, and the White Coat Ceremony on Oct. 11.

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

As always, Pamplin College is flush with activities and excitement in the new school year.

One of the big additions this year will be renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon joining the Music Department as an Artist in Residence. He will also be fundamental in the college’s new Jazz Track being offered this year.

Also around the college, the Byrd Gallery will host an “Artist Activist” showcase, which opened Aug. 14 and focuses on women’s rights, race, poverty, LBGT rights, animal rights, war, environmental change, and the justice system. Events include a talk with artist Sue Coe on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. and the opening reception at 6 p.m.

The Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy is pleased to welcome new faculty members to its ranks. Dr. Andrew Goss joined GRU this July as Chair of the Department. He is a historian of Asia, with a specialty in the history of science, whose research ranges from the history of the Dutch empire in Asia to the workings of the modern pharmaceutical business. The Department is also glad to welcome back Dr. Wendy Turner who, after a year as interim Chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages, has returned to devote herself to researching and teaching about the history of medicine in Medieval Europe.

In the Political Science Department, the Center for Public Service and the Political Science Club have teamed up to offer TurboVote to GRU students. TurboVote makes it easier than ever to register. Oct. 6 is the last day to register. Students can go to gru.turbovote.org and register online. The Department will be hosting a program the week of Sept. 22 on GRU internships in Washington, D.C., with the Office of Governmental Relations and Career Services. We placed five interns in D.C. this summer and will have one intern during fall 2014.

And in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work, Dr. Jessica Ziembroski is joining us as Director of Social Work. Also, Intimate Partner Violence will be taught as a cross-listed CRJU and PADM Graduate Class for the first time in the fall by Dr. Allison Foley. And Dr. Dave Hunt is teaching one of the Inquiry courses – Food for Sport: Connecting Culture, Sports, and Food.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is looking forward to greeting new and returning graduate students at a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

Under the leadership of Dean Watsky, The Graduate School has expanded to acquire an array of gifted faculty and new programs over the last year. Eighty-eight new faculty members were added to the eight colleges now included within The Graduate School.

The Graduate School continues to offer leadership and support to more than 20 master’s, doctoral, and specialist programs in biomedical research, biostatistics, business, nursing, kinesiology, public administration, medical illustration, and psychology. The school is looking forward to another great year and is continually impressed with the staff and faculty who pave the way for students. They lead by example as engaging instructors, mentors, and leaders in research and education. Each goes above and beyond to make The Graduate School at GRU truly “A Fit for Life.”