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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Georgia College.

The Georgia College Vision
As the state's designated public liberal arts university, Georgia College is committed to combining the educational experiences typical of esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education.

Georgia College is a residential learning community that emphasizes undergraduate education and offers selected graduate programs. Our faculty is dedicated to challenging students and fostering excellence in the classroom and beyond. Georgia College seeks to endow its graduates with a passion for achievement, a lifelong curiosity, and an exuberance for learning. Our values include an emphasis on creativity and intellectual curiosity, respect for self and others, responsible citizenship that enhances leadership, and relationships that cultivate collaborative approaches to solving problems.

Georgia College Principles
We aim to produce graduates who are well prepared for careers or advanced study and who are instilled with exceptional qualities of mind and character. These include an inquisitive, analytical mind; respect for human diversity and individuality; a sense of civic and global responsibility; sound ethical principles; effective writing, speaking, and quantitative skills; and a healthy lifestyle. While Georgia College faculty are committed to community service and are creatively engaged in their fields of specialization, they focus their attention primarily on maintaining excellence in instruction and guiding students. Students are endowed with both information and values through small classes, interdisciplinary studies, close association with the faculty and staff in and beyond the classroom, lively involvement in cultural life, and service to the community. In turn, Georgia College seeks to provide communities and employers with graduates who exhibit professionalism, responsibility, service, leadership, and integrity.

Why Georgia College?

To produce those who will assume leadership positions within their communities, Georgia College seeks to create a challenging learning environment of academic programs, cultural activities, and community projects. Our general education core curriculum, which includes an interdisciplinary studies component, is the foundation for all of undergraduate degree programs.

Here, learning occurs both in and outside the classroom, through service learning, internships, faculty/student research, community engagement and work with applied projects, leadership activities in the residence halls, and international travel and study.

Georgia College's First-Year Experience Program, a departmentally based freshman seminar, offers a distinctive living-learning environment. Students start their college experience by reading a specially chosen book over the summer. During Week of Welcome, just before fall classes begin, students and faculty meet in "Circles" to discuss themes in the book. Later, they meet with the book's author, who also serves as the speaker for Freshman Convocation. New students also sign a pledge of support for our University Honor Code and learn more about faculty expectations of them.

In our university-wide Honors Program, faculty teach some of our most highly motivated students in small, interdisciplinary courses. Students in the Scholars Program participate in special internships and are involved in independent study and research with faculty.

All Georgia College students complete a senior capstone requirement in their majors. Departmental research and capstone courses also provide opportunities for students to work with faculty on research and creative projects. Often the results are submitted for publication or presentation at regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to the traditional academic transcript, Georgia College also provides an Experiential Transcript that documents each student's accomplishments in significant out-of-classroom experiences.

The list of distinctive opportunities for Georgia College students is a long one; for example, our GEM program (Georgia Education and Mentorship) partners students with members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for a semester. Our partnership with American Humanics allows students to earn a certificate in not-for-profit management while they are completing their degrees. And Georgia College students may elect to spend a semester interning in Washington, DC, through the Washington Center Program.

Through it all, you will find our students publishing papers, attending professional conferences and events, planning a study abroad experience, or shadowing a leader in their chosen field.

WHAT WE EXPECT OF FACULTY.

Our mission and vision are clear, as are our expectations of faculty. We expect Georgia College's professors to balance teaching, scholarship, and service in ways that will broadly educate students. While all three areas are important, teaching is given primacy; our definition of excellent teaching includes not only subject matter mastery and effective presentation, but also advising and being accessible and responsive to students.

Faculty are encouraged to creatively challenge students to be involved in their learning in a variety of settings. Through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, faculty engage in lively discussions about the ways of engaging students in learning.

At Georgia College, we recognize the importance of a scholarly faculty who share their enthusiasm with students. Members of our faculty have earned national and international reputations as scholars. Even so, our mission is not to be a research institution. Rather, we believe that good scholarship is essential for supporting good teaching, and seek faculty who actively integrate their scholarship with their teaching. Some incorporate their research into their classroom teaching; others collaborate with students on research projects.

A Professional's Career at Georgia College
Decisions about reappointment, tenure, and promotion are based on demonstrated performance in teaching, scholarship, and service. All faculty members are reviewed annually with a process that helps them develop their professional portfolios in preparation for their application for tenure and/or promotion.

Merit salary increases are based on these annual performance reviews. Written student evaluations that focus on teaching effectiveness and peer evaluation are a part of faculty performance review. Pre- and post-tenure reviews and peer assessments of teaching provide valuable feedback to assist faculty develop their skills.

WHAT Georgia College OFFERS FACULTY.

There are many good reasons to love teaching at Georgia College. Typically, faculty teach highly motivated students in small classes. Our flexible curriculum allows professors to create new courses reflecting their areas of interest and expertise. And, in addition to teaching within their disciplines, Georgia College faculty have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in other fields to offer interdisciplinary courses.

Support for Faculty Development and Research. Institutional research funds are awarded on a semester basis from a competitive faculty review of proposals. At the school/college and departmental level, funds are available to help faculty further their disciplinary depth of knowledge within their fields, attend professional conferences, institutes, or workshops, and develop innovative programs within and beyond their disciplines. Faculty may also participate in the Georgia College Faculty Development Workshop, a faculty-led, semester long workshop employing technology, texts, and faculty driven projects. A faculty Professional Leave program has recently been created for tenured faculty. Through the University System of Georgia, faculty may apply for paid study and research leaves and/or take courses paid for through the University System's tuition reimbursement program. Georgia College's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning offers many venues for faculty dialogue about teaching innovations. Numerous opportunities exist for faculty to participate in Georgia College and University System programs for international study and exchange. Faculty interested in seeking external grants are encouraged and supported by the Grants Development Office.

Campus Facilities. Our historic campus includes red brick, Georgian style buildings with Corinthian columns and limestone trim. Our Arts & Sciences building provides 44 classrooms, 36 laboratories, and offices for four academic departments. Terrell Hall, on the beautiful front lawn, houses Mass Communication and modern foreign languages faculty.

Across campus, students learn in a variety of multi-media teaching environments, from a 300-seat auditorium to small group seminar rooms. Porter Hall, home of our Music and Theatre Department and Max Noah Recital Hall provided venues for musical performances. Herty Hall, our science facility was renovated in the late 90's and will soon be enhanced by a recently approved addition that will provide more classroom space. The Art Department is housed in three historic houses: Mayfair, Blackbridge, and McIntosh. The Humber-White House is home to the Center for Georgia Studies and the History, Geography, and Philosophy Department. Atkinson Hall, a renovated historic building, is home for the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business and Kilpatrick Hall houses the John H. Lounsbury College of Education and Georgia College Early College, a grant funded school for middle grades children. The College of Health Sciences Parks Memorial Hall and the Health Sciences Building are under significant renovation that will result in the entire school being housed on the main square campus. Additional space for activities in Kinesiology are available in the Centennial Center and at the recently renovated Outdoor Education Center at Lake Laurel.

Faculty use the recreational facilities at the 97,000 square foot multi-purpose Centennial Center which includes an Olympic sized swimming pool, a 4,000 seat arena, classrooms, indoor track, basketball courts, racquetball courts, weight room and tennis courts. East Campus facilities located at nearby Lake Laurel include a rustic lodge, yurt, a biology field lab, picnic areas, nature trails and a six-acre lake. The West Campus Complex, soon to be accessible by a bike trail, consists of playing fields for baseball, softball, and soccer as well as intramural fields. Also on West Campus are new apartment-style residence halls for upper class students, complete with pool, clubhouse, fitness centers, and convenience store.

All of the student residence halls are either new or totally renovated to include living/learning spaces such as multi-media classrooms, study, computer, and social spaces. All first year students are required to live on campus and take advantage of the many programs designed to facilitate their transition to college.

The Old Governor's Mansion is a historic landmark and served as Georgia College's original home, is an awarding winning example of historic preservation and restoration. A recently renovated historic train depot now serves as home to our state of the art Wellness Center.

Athletics. The Georgia College Bobcats are well known in the NCAA Division II. Our baseball team has achieved number one ranking in the division. The men's and women's basketball teams and the Georgia College dance team have recently won conference championships. The cheerleading squad has won several national championships. Carrying on this tradition of national recognition are the women's tennis, soccer, and softball teams, as well as the men's golf and baseball teams.

Library and Information Technology. The Georgia College Library and Information Technology Center is the primary location for academic research and information resources. Completed in 2005, the $19.8 million expansion features computer labs, electronic classrooms, a museum, cyber-cafe, 39 group study rooms, and space for 450,000 volumes. Most of the ground floor is designed to provide 24-hour service.

Our growing collection of printed books, video and audio holdings, government documents, journals, and microfilm/fiche is augmented by online access to 200 databases via GALILEO, the University System of Georgia's award-winning statewide electronic library system. There are 23,500 print and electronic journals available in the facility with electronic access by faculty and students from virtually anywhere via the Internet.

The library also houses unique archival and manuscript collections, including the papers of Georgia College's most distinguished alumna, writer Flannery O'Connor. The Flannery O'Connor Collection includes manuscripts, letters, and first editions, as well as a comprehensive collection of literary criticism and scholarship. The library houses the collected papers of late U.S. Senator and former Peace Corps Director Paul Coverdell.

The Museum, comprised of 3 galleries with rotating and permanent exhibits, provides a venue for presentations and artist's talks. The Museum Education Room, with seating for 70, offers web access and computer projection.

All faculty offices are equipped with either laptop or desktop computer technology. In addition, there are 11 computer labs and a campuswide network linking faculty offices with the University's computing facilities, Georgia College Library, and the resources of the Internet. Georgia College's technical staff offers faculty workshops on subjects including e-mail, the Internet, the World Wide Web, word processing and presentation software, and database access.

New Faculty Orientation and Mentoring Program. This faculty designed, year-long mentoring program helps new members become acclimated to Georgia College. In the fall a two day orientation program begins the process of getting to know the Georgia College community. Each new faculty member selects a faculty mentor. Monthly throughout their first year, new faculty and their mentors meet over lunch to discuss teaching techniques and other scheduled topics. Topics include the processes and standards for reappointment and tenure; advisement processes and strategies; teaching issues; and strategies; teaching issues; and university governance. A web-base orientation program supplements the college's mentoring program.

The Middle Georgia Region. Georgia College's location in Milledgeville, Baldwin County offers you the best of both worlds: an attractive campus, rich in tradition and beauty, with easy access to anywhere in Georgia. The historic district of downtown Milledgeville adjoins our campus; stately buildings add charm and character, and most visitors comment on the genuine sense of community they find here.

Salary and Benefits. The University's salary scale is rated 3 in the AAUP's "Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession." Faculty can choose from two different types of retirement plans, the Teachers Retirement System Plan or the Optional Retirement Plan. No matter which of the providers is chosen, faculty members contribute 5% of their gross salary. The Board of Regents contributes 9.28% for the Teachers Retirement System Plan and 8.13% to your choice of four Optional Retirement Plans. As university employees, faculty receive a benefits package including term life, disability, dental, and medical insurance. The medical insurance is a participating provider plan as well as a preferred provider plan.

History. Georgia College was founded in 1889 as a women's college and was named Georgia Normal & Industrial College. Over the years, the University has held several names to accommodate its expanding mission, including the addition of male students in the 1960's. In 1996, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents officially named Georgia College as the state's designated public liberal arts university. After this designation, Georgia College developed its facilities and programs to become a residential campus with a state-wide draw of students.

Campus. Our historic campus offers everything students need to get a superb liberal arts education. In fact, Georgia College's main campus is a living history lesson.

Situated in Georgia's antebellum capital, Milledgeville, the residential campus consists of 43 acres. About 23 acres provide the site for the major educational facilities, and another 20 acres two blocks away are used for student housing and the Universities Centennial Center, and athletic complex. The main campus combines modern technology within historic buildings- and far beyond them. Our wireless Internet system frees faculty and students to surf the web from virtually anywhere on campus - from the lawn of the Old Courthouse to the rocking chairs on the Atkinson Hall porch.

Students. In all, there are about 5,662 students of all backgrounds, cultures and interests at Georgia College. Most of our students come from Georgia, but others from various cultures and countries. About 111 international students from 36 countries are enrolled at Georgia College. Georgia College is a campus alive with Greek life, intramural sports, campus and community activities, as well as an abundance of honor and academic societies. In fact, we have nearly one hundred registered clubs and organizations.

Academic Programs. Georgia College offers more than 40 undergraduate degrees and 20 graduate degrees.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, English, Environmental Science, French, History, Liberal Studies, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Rhetoric, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre

Graduate: Biology, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, English, History, Logistics Management, Music Education, Public Administration

J. Whitney Bunting College of Business
Undergraduate: Accounting, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing

Graduate: Business Administration, Management Information Systems

John H. Lounsbury College of Education
Undergraduate: Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Special Education

Graduate: Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education Programs in Educational Leadership, Curriculum & Instruction, Library Media, Educational Technology, Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary Education, and Special Education, and Specialist in Education

College of Health Science
Undergraduate: Health Education, Music Therapy, Nursing, Outdoor Education, Physical Education

Graduate: Master of Nursing (Health Informatics, Nursing Service), Family Health, Adult Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA Joint Degree Option, Master of Education (Health and Physical Education, Health Education, Outdoor Education and Administration), Specialist in Education (Health and Physical Education)

Profile
Georgia College is a member of the prestigious national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

It is listed in Tier 2 of the US News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities. Georgia College offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university has programmatic accreditations including:

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: The National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

J. Whitney Bunting College of Business: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

John H. Lounsbury College of Education: The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Middle School Association, and Council for Exceptional Children.

College of Health Sciences: National League of Nursing, Association for Experiential Education.

The university is also a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, The American Council on Education, the Association of American College & Universities, The Georgia Association of Colleges, Campus Compact, and the Council of Undergraduate Research.

The faculty of Georgia College have attended many of the most prominent graduate schools in the United States. They have received many awards including the AERA/Dissertation Award in Early Childhood Education, Fulbright Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, International Publishing Awards, Palmes Academiques, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Professor Nirmal Nath Chatterjee Medal from The Asiatic Society, and the Dreyfus Family Startup Grant.

They have received grants from, the Alltel Corporation, , National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, CNN Newsource, Eisenhower Higher Education Grant, E.J. Grassman Trust, Georgia Humanities Council, Microsoft Corporation, Northrup Grumman Corporation, Engelhard Corporation, Thiele Corporation, United States Department of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Dialect Society, Knight Foundation, and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

Please visit our employment website at www.gcsujobs.com or contact us at the Office of Academic Affairs at 478-445- 4715 to learn more about the opportunities to teach at Georgia's public liberal arts university.

 

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