CCPS Professor Clemons Named
Governor’s Teaching Fellow

April 2, 2009

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Dr. Lynn W. Clemons, assistant professor of organization leadership and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Sciences in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Governor’s Teaching Fellows 2009 Summer Symposium.

Dr. Clemons is one of only 12 professors from across Georgia selected for the program, which is designed to move faculty to the leading edge of instructional practice. 

“I am delighted that Dr. Clemons has been selected to participate in this premier faculty development and renewal program,” said Dr. Priscilla Danheiser, dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.  “Dr. Clemons’ ability to involve students in learning and mentor them, to guide students in research for culminating projects and to prepare students for ethical leadership in their chosen fields is extraordinary.”

Dr. Clemons has more than 25 years of professional and academic experience in leadership, management and supervision, as well as program and curriculum development. Much of that experience is in higher education, including eight years as a professor and chair at Mercer.
 
Dr. Clemons completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership with a concentration in adult education from Nova Southeastern University in 2006 and earned a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University in 1981.  Dr. Clemons also coaches and mentors students, and through her dissertation work developed and evaluated mentoring as a strategy for adult learners and student retention. 

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills, particularly those addressing how to use emerging technologies in the classroom. The program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.

Governor’s Teaching Fellows may participate in academic year symposia; an intensive summer symposium; or an academic-year residency at the University of Georgia.  Faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the state apply to become one of the Fellows chosen for the highly competitive program. It is unusual for more than one professor from a university to be selected for the program, yet in the past Mercer has had as many as three professors be selected.

Some of the criteria for selection in the program include: excellence in teaching, interest in continuing to improve instruction, ability to have an impact on the home campus and the strong commitment of the home institution to the faculty member’s participation.

About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University has approximately 7,700 students; 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies; major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah; three regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and a NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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