A message from the Provost

This is a month of celebration. Our progress as an institution isn't comprised solely of athletic achievements, just as it isn't focused entirely on academics and research.

Each of the parts of our university are ingredients that make a recipe for success, and, just like in cooking, no one ingredient is greater than another. It's a delicate balance of success that creates a truly great institution of higher learning.

That balance stems from our faculty, staff, and student bodies. Because we are a collection of differences, our views won't always align with each other. That's acceptable, but with the oncoming political season please keep in mind the USG legal guidelines for political activity.

Georgia Southern respects the rights of employees to share their personal views on political issues. That said, sharing one's political views must be done only in one's personal capacity and in a manner that does not interfere with work or involve improper use of state resources.
We always strive to be better and do better. With that in mind, I invite faculty and staff to the Conversations with the Provost sessions. Please see the flyer below for dates and times on your campus by clicking the photo below to enlarge.
Achieving Academic Excellence
Keeley named Director of Wexford
Dr. Howard Keeley has been named the Director of the Wexford Learning Center.

Keeley has developed study abroad programs in Ireland for the past 14 years with Georgia Southern University. He has designed, led, and taught in both USG-wide collaborative programs as well as programs specific to Georgia Southern (most notably the Honors Research Inquiry Program). He has consistently raised funds to support student travel and engagement by working with donors in both Bulloch and Chatham counties as well as the larger region.

"This is incredibly exciting for our students and for our larger community. The experience and skills that Howard will bring as the Director are truly unparalleled," said Dustin Anderson, Associate Provost for Student Success. "Great things are coming for international learning at Southern. I could not be prouder to have him in this role."

Keeley also established the Center for Irish Research and Teaching as the flagship program in Georgia for Irish Studies. He has spent the last decade cultivating relationships in Ireland at the national level with members of Seanad Eireann (Irish Senate) and An Roinn Dlí agus Cirt (the Irish Department of Justice and Equity), at the regional level with Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) and Enterprise Ireland, and locally with the Comhairie Contae Loch Garman (Wexford County Council). He is instrumental in building relationships with the new South Eastern Technological Institute (formerly WIT in Waterford and CIT in Carlow). He has also recently been named to the African American Irish Diaspora Network.
Promotions, Tenures, and Reviews Success Celebration
On September 14 and 15, the Provost Office held a celebration for all the year's promotions, tenures, and reviews at the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. In attendance were the honorees as well as other members of the faculty and leadership teams throughout the university.

The Provost Office would like to extend its congratulations to everyone as well as thank not only them but their supporting family and friends. Our university would not be the success that it is without people like you.
Christina Lemon, Professor of Art, has been accepted into the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi as a juried exhibiting member. Eligibility for guild membership is determined by a jury review process. She is also an exhibiting member since 2004 of the Piedmont Craftsmen's Inc. organization of over 300 juried artists. She also had artwork in "Are We There Yet? An exhibition about travel, destination, and place" at Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc. Gallery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina this summer from June 3 to July 30. Her work “enameled pendant” was featured on the advertisement/show poster announcement flyer.

Department of History's Dr. Jeffrey D. Burson was an invited speaker at a virtual symposium held on July 7, entitled Debating Intellectual Change in Early Modern Europe (16th-18th Centuries), sponsored by the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University, U.K. His presentation was entitled, “Transposing Erudition from Late Humanism to the Early Enlightenment,” and it is based on a chapter-in-progress for the forthcoming edited volume, Debating Enlightenment with Brill Press.

Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music's Dr. Allen Henderson has been recognized by two national organizations for his significant role in the voice industry. This summer Dr. Henderson received the Voice Education Research Awareness (VERA) Award from the Voice Foundation and the IMPACT Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

The Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) of NSF has awarded $300,000 in funding to Dr. Masoud Davari, associate professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Davari serves as the principal investigator and will collaborate with the Center Of Reliable Power Electronics (CORPE), directed by Professor Frede Blaabjerg at Aalborg University Energy Department in Denmark. Aalborg University’s power engineering program is one of the largest and youngest in Europe, and is consistently ranked among the best across the continent and among the Best Global Universities.

The GS Authors' Lounge is happy to announce a location at the Armstrong Campus in Lane Library (see images), in addition to the Statesboro location in Henderson Library. The Authors' Lounge can be found on the third floor of Henderson Library and the first floor of Lane Library. If you find yourself in one of our library locations, we encourage you to take a moment to browse and celebrate your colleagues' work. Authors can continue to submit their scholarly and creative works from 2022 for the 2023 celebration using this form.

College of Education's Chuck Hodges presented a keynote address at the Asia Education Technology Symposium: The Adjacent Possible, Thoughts on ICT in (Higher) Education After the COVID-19-Pandemic.

Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading Professor Dr. Dee Liston was awarded the 2022 Outstanding Scholarship of Teaching grad Learning (SoTL) Paper Award from the National Council on Family Relations, Advancing Family Science Section.

College of Education's Drs. Juliann Sergi McBrayer and Regina Rahimi published a manuscript related to a partnership model between leadership preparation and teacher preparation. Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal, (31)1.

Dr. Karin Fisher started her two year term as the president of the Georgia Council of Exceptional Children. (Ga. CEC)

Dr. Dean Cummings from Communication Arts won best TV Pilot Script at the Oil Valley Film Festival, which is held annually in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Canajoharie is a limited series (10 episodes) that explores identity, regret, love, and reparations.

Communication Arts Professor Abbey Hoekzema's documentary film Daniel & Nate is screening at the New Orleans Film Festival in November. This is an Academy Qualifying festival.

Dr. Alena Pirok from the Department of History published her first book, The Spirit of Colonial Williamsburg: Ghosts and Interpreting a Reconstructed Past, with the University of Massachusetts Press, as part of their Public History in Historical Perspectives services. She was also interviewed for the podcast, “The Way of Improvements Starts at Home.”

Department of History Professor Michelle Haberland was elected Second Vice President of the Southern Association for Women Historians, rising to Vice President in 2024. She will serve as President of the Southern Association for Women Historians in 2025.

Dr. Paul Tubig of Philosophy and Religious Studies coauthored “Long Covid and Disability: a Brave New World,” in BMJ (British Medical Journal). He also presented “Disability, Autonomy, and the Body as Context of Choice,” at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop.

Department of World Languages and Cultures's Dr. Olga Amarie (Georgia Southern University), Dr. Caroline Strobbe (The Citadel), and Dr. Grant Goodrich (Medical University of South Carolina) translated from Romanian into English and French, Pe pământ și în cer - URMELE… (Sur la terre et dans les cieux - LES TRACES… ; On Earth as in Heaven - THE TRACES…) by Ioan Găină, Chișinău, Moldova: Pontos, September, 2022. (Prose and Verse, 108 pages).

Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music's Dr. Martin Gendelman’s piece, Dolente, a miniature for solo violin commissioned by violinist David Nuñez (a new-music specialist with a distinguished career across Europe and Latin America), was premiered on August 19 at the Paco Urondo Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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