By Sheron Smith
Middle Georgia State University
Dr. Monica Miller, assistant professor of English at Middle Georgia State University, has been selected as a 2018-19 Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the academic year symposium program. As one of 18 faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state of Georgia, Miller was selected after a highly competitive application and selection process.
Miller’s research specialty is the relationship between gender and region in American literature as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her first book, Being Ugly: Southern Women Writers and Social Rebellion, is now available from LSU Press. Before joining the faculty of Middle Georgia State in 2017, she was Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech. She was also the assistant director of the Writing and Communication program at Georgia Tech.
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 essential teaching skills. Gov. Miller envisioned that this program would address faculty members’ pressing need to use emerging technologies and instructional tools that are becoming increasingly important for learning in today’s society.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program is an outreach of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. To improve the quality of instruction in Georgia’s colleges and universities, the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program assumes the complex challenge of moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice. This effort to enhance instructional quality in public and private higher education statewide is very much in keeping with the University of Georgia’s traditional mission as a land-grant institution committed to diversified outreach and public service.
To date, more than 75 different disciplines, professions, and teaching areas have been represented by over 600 Fellows from more than 70 public and private institutions statewide.
Middle Georgia State University (MGA) serves about 7,700 students on campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman, and Warner Robins. Students can choose from dozens of programs – including business, nursing, information technology, new media and communications, and contemporary musicianship – that lead to bachelor’s degrees. MGA also offers professional master’s degrees in cybersecurity, nursing, management, and secondary education, with other graduate programs under development. Middle Georgia State University is home to Georgia’s only public School of Aviation – based on the Eastman campus – and a four-year degree in flight. mga.edu