Three Faculty Members Chosen for Inaugural Usg Program

Three Georgia Southern University faculty members have been selected as Chancellor’s Learning Scholars, part of a new program established by the University System of Georgia (USG). The initiative, focused on pushing the needle on student success through course enrichment, includes representatives from each USG institution.

The Georgia Southern Scholars are:

  • David Bringman, DPT, the Rehabilitation Sciences program coordinator and assistant professor in the Waters College of Health Professions
  • Shainaz Landge, Ph.D., an assistant professor of organic chemistry in the College of Science and Mathematics and
  • Glenda Ogletree, Ph.D., an associate professor of elementary and special education in the College of  Education.

“It is a great opportunity to meet people who want to try new things in teaching and learning,” said Landge. “The group consists of like-minded faculty who are curious, willing to learn and eager to discuss new ideas.”

During the two-year program, Georgia Southern’s Learning Scholars receive support and training through the Georgia Center for Teaching and Learning, Georgia Southern’s Center for Teaching Excellence and through opportunities provided by the statewide Chancellor’s Learning Scholars community. As Scholars, they will lead Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) or small groups of faculty to share ideas about teaching and learning practices. Research   shows that making small changes in teaching can lead to big results for students. The FLCs meet regularly throughout the program to explore the areas of interest that will lead to changes in each participant’s teaching practices. At the end of the program, each   FLC member should be able to pinpoint a change or innovation they enacted in the classroom, activity or course materials as a result of their FLC participation.