GC Journeys Newsletter

APRIL/ MAY 2021

Dr. Chiang Wins "Mentor of the Year" Award from SEPA

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Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang, Professor of Psychology, won the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Mentor of the Year Award. SEPA, a regional

psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association

(APA), is the Southeastern region’s premier organization for professional and academic Psychologists. This year's field was the most competitive in the history of the award. Dr. Chiang has mentored several undergraduate research students who have presented at statewide, regional, and national conferences.

Career Planning Milestones Revisited

By Lauren Easom


In an effort to create more collaboration between curricular and co-curricular career development planning, and to increase the number of students who complete the Career Planning Milestones, the program is undergoing a re-design. The Career Center has worked with a diverse advisory board comprised of both on-campus and employer stakeholders during the Spring 2021 semester to plan this initiative. They will continue planning this summer with an anticipated implementation at the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

The Career Center is currently collecting information on courses and/or programming that have learning objectives tied to career development. If you have a course and/or assist students in engaging in co-curricular activities that cover one or more of the following milestones: self-awareness and career exploration, professional networking and engagement, resume writing skills, or interviewing skills, please submit information HERE.


For more information on the Career Planning Milestones re-design initiative, contact Lauren Easom at lauren.easom@gcsu.edu

Record Number of Students Admitted to Leadership Certificate Program

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Kaitlin Eastin


Georgia College Leadership Programs has admitted 56 students into the Leadership Certificate program for academic year 2021-22. The incoming class is the most academically talented and diverse in the program’s history, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 and twenty majors represented. The Leadership Certificate Program received nearly 400 nominations from GC faculty.


In the Leadership Certificate Program, students can customize their leadership pathway to their respective fields of study. The gateway course, “How to Change the World,” explores the principles of effective leadership. In addition to an upper-level leadership seminar, program students can practice their leadership across the state and around the world. GC leadership students design and complete community-based practicum projects; intern in Washington, D.C.; or study intercultural leadership at the European Study Center in France, receiving practical training in human rights, dispute resolution, peace-building, and intercultural negotiation.


For more information, contact Harold Mock, Director of Leadership (harold.mock@gcsu.edu)

Complimentary Registration for The 2021 Assessment Institute

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The Assessment Institute, hosted by IUPUI, is the oldest and largest higher education event in the United States focused on assessment and improvement. In 2020, registration exceeded 10,000 registered attendees positioning IUPUI Assessment Institute as the global gathering place focused on higher education assessment and improvement. This year, multiple faculty from Georgia College will be presenting.


The Assessment Institute is designed to provide opportunities for (1) individuals and campus teams new to higher education assessment and improvement to acquire fundamental knowledge about the field; (2) individuals who have worked as leaders in assessment and improvement to share and extend their knowledge and skills; and (3) those interested in assessment and improvement at any level or in any collegiate context to establish networks that serve as sources of support and expertise beyond the dates of the Institute.

Please plan to attend virtually in October 2021 by registering at: https://assessmentinstitute.iupui.edu/registration/.

Apply For the 2nd Annual Summer Virtual GC Journeys Course

The 2nd Annual Summer Virtual GC Journeys Course, which focuses on Incorporating Transformative Experiences into the classroom, is a professional development opportunity sponsored by GC Journeys and hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning. It will provide faculty with the opportunity to engage with expert guest speakers on incorporating or enhancing elements of essential learning outcomes, high-impact practices, principles of excellence, authentic assessment, and signature student work into current GC courses.


This year's course will feature Dr. Michael Crafton, former president and provost of UWG, and current AAC&U Fellow. The course will be offered entirely online and meet June 7th, June 9th, June 14th, June 16th, and July 21st from 2 pm to 5 pm.


All course completers are eligible to receive $300 professional development funds! Apply here by May 15th.


For more details, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 478-445-2520 or ctl@gcsu.edu.

National GC Journeys Webinar A Success

Over 800 people registered for the AAC&U Webinar, Building and Scaling an Institutional HIPs Initiative, which focused on GC Journeys. The webinar, which featured Drs. Costas Spirou, Jordan Cofer, Cynthia Alby, and Hasitha Mahabaduge, focused on how Georgia College uses GC Journeys to embed High-Impact Practices throughout the curriculum.


According to Cofer, the webinar has had a major impact. "Since the webinar, I've been contacted by everything from regional universities to community colleges and have conducted multiple zoom sessions with schools reaching out for advice." GC is hoping to continue working with AAC&U on it's focus on both transformative experiences and essential skills.


As a result of the webinar, Dr. Spirou has been asked to speak about Systemic HIPs Reform at the AAC&U Summer Institute Symposium. Anyone interested can register to attend here: https://www.aacu.org/events/aacu%E2%80%99s-summer-institutes-symposium

GC Journeys Annual Report

The GC Journeys Annual Report is now available on the GC Journeys webpage. The annual report includes participation information, highlights and news stories, as well as assessments for GC Journeys. The Annual Report can be found here.