Faculty Teaching & Service Awards

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence awards recognize faculty & departments/programs for their contributions to Georgia College. Colleges select nominees for the awards and forward to the university faculty awards committee who select the recipient for each award category. Award recipients remain a “secret” until the Celebration of Faculty and Staff Excellence ceremony, which will be held during April 2020. 


Due Dates for the Teaching Excellence Awards

  • Nominations to college due by: November 25, 2019
  • College selectees notified by college by: December 2, 2019
  • College nominees’ final applications received by Center for Teaching and Learning (ctl@gcsu.edu) by: March 2, 2020
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning submits the finalist for each award to the Provost’s office by: April 6, 2020.
  • Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony, April 2020 (TBD).

Detailed Information for the Awards

GC Academic Affairs Handbook Forms has the Faculty Awards Criteria and Documentation, and the Faculty Awards Application Form. You must be logged into GC's Unify to access these documents. 

Past award recipients are not eligible to receive an award in the same category until a minimum of five years has elapsed. However, in subsequent years past award recipients will be considered in other award categories. 

The USG Faculty Affairs website has criteria for the Regent's awards and past recipients' eportfolios.

Teaching Excellence Award

This award is to encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in teaching. The recipient of this award will be the university’s nominee for the Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award and will be the December commencement speaker.

Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

​​This award encourages and rewards excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The recipient of this award will be the university’s nominee for the Regent’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Excellence Award.

Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program Award

This award encourages and rewards activities and innovation to improve teaching and student learning by departments/programs. The recipient of this award will be the university’s nominee for the Regent’s Teaching Excellence for Department or Program Award.

Excellence in Online Teaching Award

This rewards excellence in online teaching. The recipient of this award will be the university’s nominee for the Regent’s Teaching Excellence for Online Teaching Award.

Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Award

This award is to encourage and reward excellence in peer-reviewed, juried scholarship and creative endeavors.

Excellence in University Service Award

​The award encourages and rewards those who serve the university community (including department and college), as well as their professional communities.

Irene Rose Community Service Award

This award is to encourage and reward commitment to community service.

Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award

This award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and campus and community service to a College of Business or School of Nursing faculty member.

Regents' Momentum Year Award for Advising and Student Success

The Momentum Year Advising Award is designed to honor institutional advising that creates trajectory toward student success and completion.

Award details

Regents' Momentum Year Award for Teaching and Curricular Innovation

The Momentum Year Award for Excellence in Teaching is designed to honor teaching and instruction that promotes student achievement, promotes a purposeful program and career choice, and creates an environment where positive academic mindsets thrive, catapulting students toward degree completion. 

Award details

2018-2019 Award Recipients
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Hasitha Mahabaduge, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award - Joy Godin, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Award - Whitney Heppner, Department of Psychological Science. Portfolio
  • Excellence in University Service Award - Stephen Wills, Department of Teacher Education. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Online Teaching Award -.Dianne Gregg, Department of Professional Learning and Innovation. Portfolio
  • Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award - Justin Roush, Department of Economics and Finance. Portfolio
  • Irene Rose Community Service Award - Renee Fontenot, Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics. Portfolio
2017-2018 Award Recipients
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Dr. Christopher Clark Department of Economics and Finance. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award - Dr. Leslie Moore, School of Nursing. Portfolio
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program - Department of Teacher Education. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Award - Dr. Brent Evans, Department of Economics and Finance. Portfolio
  • Excellence in University Service Award - Dr. Jan Hoffmann, Department of Communication. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Online Teaching Award - Dr. Joy Godin, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science. See Dr. Godin's award portfolio.
  • Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award - Dr. Debbie Grier, School of Nursing
  • Irene Rose Community Service Award - Dr. Cynthia Orms, Department of Accounting. Portfolio
2016-2017 Award Recipients
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Dr. Betta Vice, Department of Teacher Education. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Dr. Brooke Conaway, Department of Economics and Finance. Portfolio
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program - Department of Management Information Systems and Computer Science. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Award - Dr. Ken McGill, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Portfolio
  • Excellence in University Service - Dr. John Swinton, Department of Economics and Finance. See Portfolio
  • Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award - Dr. Donnie Williams, Department of Management, Marketing, and Logistics
2015-2016 Award Recipients
  • Excellence in Teaching Award - Dr. Matthew Roessing. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Dr. Cynthia Alby, Department of Teacher Education. Portfolio
  • Teaching Excellence Award for Department or Program - Department of Accounting. Portfolio
  • Excellence in Scholarship & Creative Endeavors Award - Dr. Arash Bodaghee, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy. Portfolio
  • Excellence in University Service - Dr. Catherine Whelan, Department of Accounting
  • Laurie Hendrickson McMillan Faculty Award - Dr. Sarah Handwerker​, School of Nursing
  • Irene Rose Community Service Award - Valerie Aranda, Department of Art. Portfolio