Dean Search

Georgia College invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We are seeking a visionary and collaborative leader for the largest academic unit on campus, with 2,600 undergraduate students, 160 graduate students, 190 faculty and 26 staff members. The Dean is the College’s chief academic, executive, and fiscal officer, responsible for promoting, directing, and supporting the College’s academic and financial affairs.

Located in historic Milledgeville, GA, Georgia College is the state’s designated public liberal arts university and a member of the University System of Georgia.


Inquiries and nominations should be directed in confidence to: 

Pamela Pezzoli, Managing Associate
Katherine Stellato, Associate
Allison Pickett, Associate
Isaacson, Miller 
1300 19th Street, N.W. 
Suite 700 
Washington, DC 20036 


Joe Peters
Dean of Education and Search Committee Chair
Georgia College
Campus Box 70
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Office: 478-445-2518

For further information, and to apply, please go to the


Dean Search Committee

Dr. Joe Peters

Dr. Joe Peters is the Dean of Education at Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. He has oversight for two departments including Teacher Education (Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary, Special, and Pre-Education programs) and Professional Learning and Innovation (Literacy/Reading/Language, Instructional Technology/Library Media, Foundations, Educational Leadership programs) as well as the Call Me MISTER program at Georgia College, the Montessori Academy at the Early Learning Center, and Early College (Grades 6-12) in partnership with Baldwin and Putnam County Georgia Public Schools.

Dr. Peters graduated with a Ph.D in science education in 1990 and joined the University of West Florida faculty as a professor of science education. At UWF, he was the Chair of Teacher Education, Associate Dean for Educator Preparation, and Coordinator of the University’s Doctoral Program. During the 2007/2008 academic year, he was mentored by The University of Florida President Bernie Machen as an American Council on Education Fellow. Prior to Georgia College, he spent time at Northern Marianas College in Saipan and as Dean of Education at Chaminade University (2011-2015). He joined Georgia College as Dean on January 1, 2015.

Prior to his higher education experience, Dr. Peters spent three years on active duty in the Army from 1975-1978 where he completed his GED. He subsequently attended Mercyhurst College where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in elementary education in 1982. He taught grades K-8 physical education and grades 5-8 science before returning to graduate in 1984 with his dual master’s degree in both natural sciences and environmental education at Gannon University. He then taught high school science in the Erie, Pennsylvania Public School District until 1987 when he began teaching assistant and research associate positions at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Peters was direct commissioned in the Army Reserve as a First Lieutenant in 1988 and promoted to Captain in 1992. His military service includes assignments as an Environmental Science Officer, MASH Company Commander, and Civil Affairs Public Education Officer.

Dr. Peters’ past community service includes participation as executive director representative to the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, North American representative to the International Council of Associations for Science Education, Executive Director of the Association for Science Teacher Education, the Public Relations representative and President of the East-West Toastmasters in Hawaii, member of the Macon, GA Toastmasters, participation with the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Leadership Pensacola program, assistant scoutmaster, numerous Teacher of the Year Committees, serving on the Massage Therapy Advisory Council for Pensacola State College, and many other education boards and committees. He currently is a member and Secretary of the Milledgeville, GA Rotary.


Robert Blumenthal

Robert Blumenthal is Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Georgia College & State University, a member institution of the University System of Georgia.  He previously served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and also as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Oglethorpe.  He earned his PhD in Mathematics from Washington University and has served as Professor of Mathematics at Saint Louis University, Oglethorpe University, and Georgia College.


Peggy Elliott

Peggy (Schaller) Elliott is Associate Professor of French at Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA. There she oversees the French Honor Society (Pi Delta Phi), the annual French Film Festival, and has led a summer study abroad program to Normandy, France. Her teaching includes all levels of French language and culture, and she regularly teaches courses in Culture & Civilization, Francophone Women Writers, Intermediate Conversation, and the Survey of Literature courses. She is an avid supporter, promoter, and implementer of the Reacting to the Past pedagogy, which she uses in her French courses whenever possible. In Fall 2012, her article, “Can (Role) Playing the French Revolution En Français Also Teach the Eighteenth Century?” appeared in the online edition of Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries.

Dr. Elliott’s research focuses on Early Modern women writers of France, and in particular on the educator, feminist, and moral philosopher Marie Le Prince de Beaumont. She was invited to write the biographical entry that is featured on the Chawton House Library website, and her book chapter entitled “Reframing Religion: Beaumont’s Enlightened Catholicism” was published in Katherine Quinsey’s 2012 collection, Under the Veil: Feminism and Spirituality in Post Reformation England and Europe. Dr. Elliott is one of 73 authors who collaborated on annotating Mary Hays’s 1804 Female Biography project; this 6-volume edition with over 300 entries was published in 2013-14. Her book chapter, “French Fairy Tales and Adaptations in the 21st-Century Classroom,” is forthcoming in Fall 2017. Now that her monograph, Belle of the Enlightenment: Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (1711-1780), is under review at Bucknell University Press, she has begun the follow-up project, which will catalogue, transcribe, translate and annotate the personal letters of Beaumont and her lover Thomas Tyrrell for the first time.


Sandra Godwin

Sandra Godwin earned her Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University in 2000 with specialties in inequality and social psychology.  She has taught at Georgia College since 2002.  Prior to Georgia College she taught at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, and the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  She recently designed a course on food systems which includes a tour of  middle Georgia sustainable farms.  The course is designated a community-based learning course and local gardeners tour along with students.  She is also completing a book manuscript about the Young Women’s Christian Association as it existed on the campus of Georgia State College for Women during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s.  The campus association is noteworthy because of its effort to bring young white college women into the early civil rights movement.


Dana Gorzelany-Mostak

Dr. Dana Gorzelany-Mostak is an Assistant Professor of Music at Georgia College. She holds a PhD in musicology from McGill University, and she has taught courses on the history of western music, opera in the 21st century, music and politics, music since 1900, popular music, and historiography. Her research explores various facets of American musical culture—the role of popular songs in presidential campaigns, the reception of music prodigies in the age of reality television, and the history of music performance on the “freak” show stage in the 19th century. Additional research interests include opera and popular culture, public musicology, and music entrepreneurship. Gorzelany-Mostak has received the Mark Tucker Award from the Society for American Music and the Peter Narvaez Memorial Student Paper Prize from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music-Canada for her work on the intersection of politics and music in the 2008 campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Her research on music and electoral politics appears in the summer 2015 issue of Music & Politics and the May 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music. Her work on Jackie Evancho appears in the edited volume Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music: Performance, Authority, Authenticity (Routledge, 2016). Forthcoming articles on the 2016 campaign will appear in American Music (2017) and Journal of Popular Music Studies (2018). Gorzelany-Mostak is the creator and co-editor of Trax on the Trail, a Georgia College-sponsored website that tracks the creative use of music and sound on the 2016 presidential campaign trail.


Al Mead

Dr. Al Mead is a Professor of Biology and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He and his wife have three high school aged children who attend Putnam County High School. He came to Georgia College from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1999. Prior to earning a PhD at Nebraska, he graduated from the University of Georgia. Being a Vertebrate Paleontologist, he teaches undergraduate (majors and non-majors) and graduate classes in Biology and Geology. He is active in mentoring both graduate and undergraduate research, publishing 7 papers co-authored with Georgia College students (4 with undergraduates, 3 with graduates) since the beginning of 2012. As Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Mead reviews all applicants, determines acceptance, assigns Graduate Assistantships, develops introductory laboratory teaching schedules, and advises all of the students (approximately 30) for the Master of Science program. Within his discipline, he was recently re-elected to serve as State Councilor for the Georgia Academy of Sciences and has previously served as the Chair and Secretary of the Earth Sciences Section of the Academy. Dr. Mead is also dedicated to science outreach in regional K-12 schools systems. He routinely gives presentations on Fossils, Minerals/Rocks, and Mammals/Ecology (35 classroom presentations since the beginning of 2012). From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Mead served on the planning committee and was an instructor for The Science and Mathematics Alliance for Regional Teachers (SMART) Partnership. This project was a collaboration between Georgia College Arts & Science Faculty, Oconee Regional Education Agency (RESA), and K-12 Science and Math Teachers. Currently, Dr. Mead is Chairman of the Charter School Governance Authority for Putnam County High School (2017-present).


Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones is a valuable resource and is in her 13th year at Georgia College.  She has worked in different areas on campus with some being behind the scenes and others being the first college contact for students and faculty. Her career started in the Payroll office where she assisted the Payroll Manager with processing payrolls for 10 years. Wanting to be more involved with our students and academics, she started working in the Advising Center. After a year in the Advising Center, she transferred to the Dean’s office in the College of Arts and Sciences where she currently works.  


Nan Keipper

Nan Keipper is a sales specialist with Philips Medical. She graduated from Georgia College in 1982, earning her Bachelor os Science in Chemistry. While at Georgia College, she served on the Presidential Selection Committee and was active with the Wesley Foundation. She is a member and past president of Northview Athletic Association and past president of her homeowners’ association. She has two daughters: Rebecca, age 20, and Rachal, age 18, enrolled at the University of Georgia.


Mike Muller

Mike Muller is a junior Political Science and Economics dual major from Peachtree City, Georgia. Mike currently serves as Student Body President and is highly involved all around campus.


Christina C. Smith

Christina C. Smith brings more than thirteen years of professional experience to GC having served as reporter for several daily and weekly newspapers.  Her research interests include the sociology of news and news workers, the identity of news workers, and the role of community journalism, specifically weekly newspapers, in rural towns. 


Rickey E. Smith

Rickey E. Smith, is an environmental compliance professional, most recently serving as the Environmental Laboratory Services Manager for Georgia Power Company’s Environmental Laboratory in Smyrna, Georgia.  He graduated from Georgia College in 1987, earning his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry.  While at Georgia College he was a founding member of the Mu Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and he served as their first president.  In 1988, he began his Southern Company career as a chemist at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle.  During his 28-year career, Rickey worked in several entities with in the Southern Company family including Southern Company Services, Mississippi Power, Georgia Power and Southern Nuclear. His other professional and civic involvements include: board member - Institute for Georgia’s Environmental Leaders; Chairman’s Club member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce; board member – Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation member – EPRI - Power Plant & Environmental Chemist Committee. Rickey is married to the former Natalie Davis, also a Georgia College graduate. Natalie earned her B.S. in Nursing in 1987. Rickey and Natalie reside in Marietta Georgia with their two children, Rickey Jr. and Sydney Christina.


Sarah N. Weese

Sarah N. Weese currently serves as the Office Assistant for the Dean’s office of the College of Education at Georgia College. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in English Literature in 2012. Sarah has held positions with Auburn University and Georgia Military College. She and her husband, Dr. David Weese of Georgia College, have resided in Milledgeville, GA, for three years, and they have a two-year-old son.


Diana Young

Dr. Diana Young, who is in her eighth year at Georgia College, holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, San Diego (2003) and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Georgia (2010). She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Science, where she regularly teaches statistics, upper-level coursework in cognitive psychology, and senior seminar course on judgment and decision making.

As a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Young’s program of research examines a wide range of cognitive processes underlying human behavior, including decision making, problem solving, working memory, and visual attention. Dr. Young currently focuses on the mentorship of undergraduates in research, whereby students play an integral role in the research process. Recently, their work has been presented at conferences both regionally (the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual meetings) and nationally (the Society for Judgment and Decision Making conferences). Dr. Young is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

In addition to a variety of department-level committees, Dr. Young has served on several university and college-wide committees, including the Dean’s Advisory Council in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is an Elected Faculty Senator on the GCSU University Senate as well as the Chair of the University Senate’s Resources, Planning, and Institutional Policy Committee (RPIPC) for the 2017-2018 academic year.