Committees

Tenure and Promotion Committee

Art

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Elissa Auerbach, PhD

Professor of Art History
301 Ennis Hall, CBX 094
478-445-0808
Education

Ph.D. in Art History, University of Kansas
M.A. in Art History, University of Kansas, (with honors)
B.S. in Visual Communications, Towson University

Biography

Elissa Auerbach received her Ph.D. in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art from the University of Kansas in 2009 and began teaching at Georgia College in 2006. Her research examines the depiction of the Virgin Mary as a traditional Roman Catholic theme in early modern Dutch visual culture and related developments in devotional practices, science, and domestic conduct after the Reformation in the Netherlands. Her current research focuses on the phenomenon of spiritual pilgrimage to illegal places of Catholic worship in post-Reformation Dutch altarpieces, prints, illustrated books, and maps.

Recent publications have studied the domesticated Virgin Mary in scenes of the Holy Family in early modern Netherlandish visual culture; pilgrimage and the liminal landscape in the Dutch Republic; Marian Piety in post-iconoclasm Haarlem in Hendrick Goltzius’s print series, The Life of the Virgin; and Cartesianism in Rembrandt’s print, The Death of the Virgin.

Courses taught include Northern and Italian Renaissance art, Baroque art, Christian Art and Iconography, the History of Photography, Writing about Art, Art and Ideas, The Ancient and Medieval Worlds, and from the Renaissance to the Modern World. For GC, she has also directed and taught on faculty-led summer study abroad programs in Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. 

Biological & Environmental Sciences

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Kalina Manoylov

Kalina Manoylov

Professor
202 Herty Hall
(478) 445-2439
Education

Ph.D., Zoology/Ecology, Evol. Biology/Behavior, Michigan State University

Research

Research: Aquatic Ecology, algal ecology, diatom taxonomy

Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy

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Ronald Fietkau

Ronald Fietkau

Professor of Chemistry
316 Herty Hall
(478) 445-5760
Education

Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, Kansas State University

Research

Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy
Inorganic Analysis
History of Chemistry
Chemical Education

English & Rhetoric

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Bruce Gentry

Bruce Gentry

Professor
3-67 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-6928
Education

Ph.D, English, University of Texas

Biography

 

Dr. Bruce Gentry, Editor of the Flannery O’Connor Review, received GC’s Excellence in Scholarship award in 2013. He is the author of Flannery O'Connor's Religion of the Grotesque, editor of The Cartoons of Flannery O'Connor at Georgia College, and co-editor of the oral history At Home with Flannery O'Connor. Gentry twice served as co-director for NEH Summer Institutes on O'Connor. Gentry has also hosted four O'Connor conferences in Milledgeville. Other publications by Gentry include Conversations with Raymond Carver and articles on Doctorow, Roth, and Carver in Contemporary LiteratureSouth Atlantic ReviewThe CEA Critic, and South Carolina Review.

Government & Sociology

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Hank Edmondson,

Hank Edmondson, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science
2-06 Arts & Sciences Building
(478) 445-0943
Research
  • Politics and Literature
  • Education Philosophy, Education Reform
  • Politics of Spain
  • Leadership

History & Geography

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Steve Auerbach

Steve Auerbach

History & Geography

Mass Communication

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Kristin English

Kristin English

Interim Chair, Associate Professor, Advisor to Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and SpectrumPR (student-run public relations agency)
202 Terrell Hall
478-445-8261
Education

Ph.D., Mass Communication Research, University of Georgia

Research

Political Campaign Communication, Social & Digital Media, Community Engagement

Teaching

Crisis Communication, PR: Propaganda, Strategic Campaigns Capstone, Web for Mass Communication

Mathematics

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Jebessa Mijena

Jebessa Mijena

Associate Professor
2-30 Arts & Sciences
478-445-7397
Education

PhD, Mathematics, Auburn University

Music

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Clifford N. Towner

Dr. Clifford N. Towner

Director of Band Activities, Associate Professor of Music
478-445-4346
Biography

Dr. Clifford N. Towner is Director of Band Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Georgia College and State University. His responsibilities include conducting the Wind Symphony and Jazz Band, as well as teaching classes in conducting and music education. Dr. Towner holds a D.M.A. degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied with Dr. Carolyn Barber, a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from Wright State University, where he studied with Dr. David Booth, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dr. Terrence Milligan. Dr. Towner has also taught in the public schools for ten years in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dr. Towner has several scholarly pursuits including wind repertoire and concert programming. He has presented at many conferences including the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE). He has been published in the Association of Concert Bands Journal and the Journal of Band Research. His dissertation An Evaluation of Compositions for Wind Band According to Specific Criteria of Serious Artistic Merit: A Second Updatehas been downloaded thousands of times and is utilized at universities around the country.

Dr. Towner maintains an active schedule as a popular guest conductor and clinician. He holds membership in CBDNA, WASBE, GMEA, NAfME, JEN, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Cliff resides in the Milledgeville, GA with his wife Gina, and their daughter Laura and son Nathan.

Philosophy & Liberal Studies

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James Winchester

Dr. James Winchester

Coordinator, Program of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy
Beeson 358
(478) 445-5513
Courses

Love, Pleasure, Friendship and the Good Life; Philosophy, Art and the Art of Living; Philosophy of Law; Ethics; and Social and Political Philosophy

Biography

Dr. Winchester has published books on Nietzsche, Cross cultural understanding of art and his most recent work, Ethics in an Age of Savage Inequalities (Lexington Press).  He is currently working on a book on the good life.

Psychological Science

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Kristina Dandy, Ph.D.

Kristina Dandy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., Christopher Newport University

M.S., Ph.D., Texas Christian University

Theatre & Dance

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Beate Czogalla

Beate Czogalla

Lighting Design and Stage Management Faculty, Production Manager
Campus Theatre #203
478-445-1632
Education

MFA, Theatre Design, Virginia Tech

Biography

Beate M. Czogalla is delighted to be a part of the Department of Theatre at Georgia College as the Assistant Professor in Theatre Design since the Fall of 2000. She has a BA and MA degree in Theatre from Giessen University (Germany) and an MFA degree in Scenography and Lighting Design from Virginia Tech. Her credits at GC include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Glass Menagerie, The Wild Duck, Quilters, The Beggar's Opera, On The Verge, Our Town, Julius Caesar, The Dining Room, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Taming Of The Shrew, An Evening of Pinter, Pippin and The Illusion. 

Ms. Czogalla has designed internationally with credits at theatres in Giessen, Frankfurt, Bad Hersfeld and Stuttgart, Germany; Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland; Lige, Belgium; Chepstow, Wales, Great Britain; Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and in the United States, and she is a founding member of the monumental Canadian outdoor theatre production, And Wolf Shall Inherit The Moon, mounted in Haliburton, Ontario every August. Since the Fall of 2000 she has worked as a Scenographer and Lighting Designer at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, and at 7 Stages in Atlanta, and since the summer of 2002 she has designed three shows per year for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Allentown/ Center Valley, Pennsylvania. 

She was the Resident Lighting Designer for the New Harmony Theatre from 1990 until 1997. Prior to that she worked at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, The Road Company in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Playhouse 460 and the Studio Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has done concert and architectural lighting design and consulting for a variety of clients and has served as the Lighting Supervisor for the Lincoln Amphitheatre at Lincoln State Park, Indiana, from 1995 until 2000. As an active member of NASA's Teacher in Space/ Space Education Program she serves as a community volunteer conducting workshops for children and adults of all ages, and in late 2000 she was appointed as a Solar System Ambassador by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ NASA), a position she plans to hold for many more years. She is also a certified Advanced Open Water Diver and a passionate hiker and kite builder. 

World Languages & Cultures

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Larbi Oukada

Larbi Oukada

Professor of French
Campus Box 046
478-445-0960
Research
  • French Phonology
  • Methods of teaching second languages
  • The notion of curricular responsiveness

Diversity Leadership Team

Art

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Matthew Forrest

Associate Professor of Art, Printmaking
204 Ennis Hall, CBX 094, and Miller Annex
478-445-2130
Education

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, University of Georgia 
MFA, West Virginia University
BFA, Slippery Rock University

Biography

Receiving his BFA from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2005, Forrest also studied at the Poznan Academy of Art in Poland, specializing in offset lithography.  In 2008, Forrest received his MFA from West Virginia University with specialized focus in lithography & serigraphy.  Forrest has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently including shows at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery (Ellensburg, WA) the Janet Turner Print Museum 11th National Print Competition at CSU, in Chico CA and the Wheaton Biennial: Printmaking Reimagined Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  Forrest’s research has also been published recently in both print and digital formats including studio visit magazine, and he has been the recipient of several grants to make printmaking more accessible to students with disabilities and to local community centers in Baldwin & Bibb counties.  Forrest lives in Gray, GA and works at Georgia College & State University.

https://forrestmatt.wixsite.com/mysite

Biological & Environmental Sciences

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Kasey Karen

Kasey Karen

Associate Professor, Biology Program Coordinator
266 Herty Hall
(478) 445-5862
Education

Ph.D., Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University

Research

Molecular virology and cell biology; virus-host interactions

Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy

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Peter Rosado Flores

Peter Rosado Flores

Associate Professor of Chemistry
315 Herty Hall
(478) 445-8609
Education

Ph.D., Chemistry, Syracuse University

Research

Materials Science
Organometallics
Coordination Chemistry

Website

English & Rhetoric

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Beauty Bragg

Beauty Bragg

Professor
3-12 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-8733
Education

Ph.D, English, University of Texas

Biography

Dr. Beauty Bragg earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas.  She teaches courses on America's diverse cultural heritage, introduction to Black Studies, black women artists, Alice Walker, and the Harlem Renaissance.

Government & Sociology

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Alesa Liles

Alesa Liles, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
2-13 Arts & Sciences Building
Research
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Race, Gender & Crime
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Mental Health
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Sandra Godwin

Sandra Godwin, Ph.D.

Sociology Program Coordinator, Professor of Sociology
2-12 Arts & Sciences Building
(478) 445-1900
Research
  • Identity Formation
  • Social Inequality
  • Civic Engagement in Higher Education 

History & Geography

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James H. Welborn, III

James H. Welborn, III

Assistant Professor of History
(478) 445-0956
Areas of Study

19th Century America, American South, Civil War, Religion

Website

Mass Communication

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James Schiffman

James Schiffman

Associate Professor, Advisor to GC360
316 Terrell Hall
478-445-5991
Education

Ph.D., Georgia State University

Research

Broadcasting and Reacting to the Past

Teaching

Enterprise Journalism, Introduction to Business Journalism, Shooting for News, TV Newscast, History of Broadcasting, Comparative International Media, Media Literacy

Mathematics

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein

Assistant Professor
3-09 Arts & Sciences
478-445-5000
Education

PhD, Mathematics, University of Chicago

Music

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Youngmi Kim

Dr. Youngmi Kim

Voice Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Music
478-445-1249
Biography

South Korean soprano Dr. Youngmi Kim is an Assistant Professor of Music and Vocal Department Coordinator at Georgia College. She has previously taught at Radford University in Virginia and Wilberforce University in Ohio. She received her education at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati (DMA and MM) and Ewha Womans University (BM) in Korea.

Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous accolades including first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and third prize at the Louisville Bach Society Gerhard Herz Young Artist Competition. She made the finals of The Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition where she won the Richard Westenberg Award for 18th-Century Stylistic Interpretation. At CCM, Dr. Kim won the Emilie Dieterle Award and has been the recipient of numerous graduate scholarship awards and a featured soloist in numerous productions. Her outstanding voice has been hailed by San Francisco Classical Voice as “one of those silvery, "strand-of-pearls"-type voices.” The Columbus Dispatch complimented “the liveliness of her voice,” while The Flint Journal commented that, “From [Ms. Kim’s] petite frame and gentle presence bellowed a forceful, yet graceful and flowing voice.” Music in Cincinnati also praised that “[Youngmi Kim’s] clear, flexible voice brought beauty and substance to everything she sang… Her coloratura was every bit as spectacular as his in their mutual cadenza, earning them a warm round of applause.”

A versatile artist, Youngmi Kim is an accomplished interpreter of early music. She is a regularly featured vocalist with the Catacoustic Consort, an acclaimed Cincinnati based early music chamber ensemble. Dr. Kim has also performed with other important period performance ensembles including La Donna Musicale and Apollo’s Cabinet and she is featured on the recording, Le Stagioni (The Seasons): Virtuoso Italian Madrigals, with the early music ensemble, Gravitación. Dr. Kim has participated at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, and at L’Accademia D’amore in Seattle where she worked with celebrated early music specialist, Stephen Stubbs.

Dr. Kim has appeared as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, Flint Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, Lebanon Symphony, and Louisville Bach Society.  She is a frequent performer in her native Seoul and has performed with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, notably with conductor, James Judd. Dr. Kim was also featured as soprano soloist in Brahms’s German Requiem with the Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Myung-Whun Chung.

Philosophy & Liberal Studies

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Isadora Mosch

Isadora Mosch

Philosophy & Liberal Studies

Psychological Science

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Whitney Heppner, Ph.D.

Whitney Heppner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Education

B.A., Murray State University

M.S., Ph.D., University of Georgia

Theatre & Dance

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Eric Griffis

Eric Griffis

Costume Design Faculty
Campus Theatre #202
478-445-8273
Education

MFA, Costume Design & Technology, University of Southern Mississippi

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Biography

Eric received his BA in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR) and his MFA in Costume Design & Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS). 

At SAU, Eric designed costumes for a number of productions including Buried Child, How I Learned to Drive, and See How They Run. Following his undergraduate work, Eric was the Associate Youth Director for the Jefferson Davis Parrish Arts Council's (Jennings, LA) youth theatre program and designed costumes and other technical aspects for their productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Bad Year for Tomatoes. In his time at USM, Eric designed costumes for Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille,Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Much Ado About Nothing (women's costumes), Moon Over Buffalo, and Fefu & Her Friends. In 2006, Eric assisted Costume Designer Peggy Stamper and her Assistant/husband Fred Lloyd as an Extras Costumer on the ABC/ESPN film Ruffian. Following that, Eric worked in the Wardrobe Department at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for the 2007- 2008 season. For GC, Eric has designed costumes for Eurydice, Yours, Anne, The Rover, The Smiles, RENT, and The 1940's Radio Hour. Other recent designs include South Pacific at the New London Barn Playhouse and the Southeastern premiere of Good Boys and True at Actor's Express. 

Eric's areas of research include 20th century costumes, the symbolism of color, and computer rendering using Adobe Photoshop. 

World Languages & Cultures

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William Daniel Holcombe

William Daniel Holcombe

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Box 046
478-445-0949
Research
  • Early Modern Spanish Peninsular Literature
  • Salvador Dalí and Illustrated Editions of Don Quixote
  • Mise-en-page and Quixotic Iconography
  • U.S. Hispanic Studies (Hispanisms)
  • Trans-Atlantic Hispanic Film and Queer Theory