The symposium includes a combination of instructional and faculty development activities and independent study. Nichols believes he will benefit from the fellowship in several ways.
“The program provides me with an opportunity to interact with like-minded faculty from across the state, to discuss teaching methodologies both formally and informally, and to re-examine the teaching strategies I use in the classroom,” he said in a press release.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellow Program was established in 1995 by Zell Miller, who served as governor of Georgia from 1991 to 1999, to provide expanded development and training opportunities for college-level faculty. The program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia, and the symposia take place in Athens.
Participants can choose from among several options: sessions throughout the academic year, an intensive summer program or an academic-year residency at UGA. Nichols is the seventh GHC professor to receive the fellowship. This year’s fellows comprise 13 faculty members from around the state of Georgia.
Georgia Highlands College is an access state college of the University System of Georgia, serving more than 5,500 students at five campuses in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville.