The mission of Georgia Gwinnett College’s Center for Teaching Excellence is to provide programming that promotes the design and implementation of creative learning environments. The CTE supports the implementation of effective instructional practices, facilitates an environment of instructional experimentation, and enhances the skills needed to engage students in the learning process. We provide a community forum for the exchange of ideas and innovative instructional practices that lead to high levels of student learning.
We are located on the second floor of the beautiful (and LEEDS Gold certified) Daniel J. Kaufman Library & Learning Center (Building L) on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College. After walking up the stairs in the main atrium, turn right and then turn left just past the restrooms. Alternatively, you may bypass the stairs and walk straight into the library, turn right to walk in front of the restrooms, and then turn left to reach the elevators. The CTE suite is on the second floor directly across from the elevators.
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Dr. Miranda (Mei) Zhang is an Associate Provost, the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a professor of finance and internationalization at Georgia Gwinnett College. Prior to her current appointment, Zhang held the rank of professor of finance and economics in GGC’s School of Business (SBA). She has taught a variety of courses including Strategic Management (capstone), Operations Management, Financial Management I, Financial Management II, Financial Derivatives, International Finance and Economics, Investment Analysis, Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics. She received GGC’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015 and subsequently received the University System of Georgia’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2016.
Besides teaching, Zhang has held a variety of leadership roles. She was elected by the SBA faculty to serve as a member of the school’s Promotion and Credentialing Review Committee and by the members of that committee to serve as chair (2012–2017). In 2017, she was elected as chair of GGC’s Promotion and Credentialing Standards Committee. Other leadership roles include: coordinator of the Division of Business Science in the SBA, SBA scheduling coordinator, and point of contact for the SBA’s Quantitative Analysis Discipline.
Dr. Rolando (Roy) Márquez is the Associate Director for the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Quality Matters Coordinator for Georgia Gwinnett College. Roy holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the CTE’s Assistant Director and Educational Technology Consultant. He came to Georgia Gwinnett College after serving as the Curriculum Development Specialist and Quality Matters Coordinator at Eastern New Mexico University.
Roy began his career at the University of Central Florida where he served as the Technology Specialist for the College of Education and the Center for Research in Education, Arts, Technology and Entertainment. Roy also has worked in the public school system in New York and Florida, as well as in the corporate sector with several educational technology companies. He also serves as the Managing Editor for the International Journal on Technology Enhanced Learning. His current interests include looking at the relationship between the choice of instructional technology and media, design of learning environments and student achievement.
Michael D. Smith is the Digital Learning Specialist for the Center for Teaching Excellence, the admin for the Digital Learning Community, Academic Commons, and the CTE website, and the backup admin for GGC’s Brightspace LMS. Michael is currently enrolled in UGA’s Ed.D. program in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development, studying action research, organization development, change management, leadership, and adult learning. He also holds an M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology (with an emphasis on Instructional Design and Development) from UGA.
Michael spent over twenty years working with information / academic technology and providing faculty support at Emory University before completing his Master’s degree. He has worked at GGC since the spring of 2016.
Michael is a proponent of lifelong learning and is particularly interested in mindfulness and mindful leadership, work-life balance, engagement and motivation, storytelling, imagination and play in learning, the development of learning communities, blended/online learning, gamification and gameful / game-based learning, augmented reality, and virtual worlds and immersive 3D learning environments.
Antoinette McClendon is the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Teaching Excellence.
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Dr. C. Douglas Johnson is the Faculty Affiliate for Experiential Learning for the Center for Teaching Excellence and a Professor of Leadership and Management at Georgia Gwinnett College. As a multifaceted scholar/practitioner with varied experiences in academia, consulting and corporate America, he leverages his educational, applied and lived experiences to facilitate active and experiential learning geared toward enhancing personal and professional development. Equipped with degrees (and practice) in accounting, human resources, and industrial/organizational psychology, Dr. Doug engages in competency development with students and serves the community with the hopes of affecting the quality of life for its citizenry through service learning opportunities and educational leadership development efforts. He strives to inspire social action and transformation, while serving as a voice for those living in the shadows of society.
Dr. Perry Dantzler is the Faculty Affiliate for Integrative Learning for the Center for Teaching Excellence and an Assistant Professor in English for Georgia Gwinnett College. Perry holds a Ph.D from Georgia State University in English Rhetoric and Composition with foci on multiliteracies, cultural studies, and student success. Perry began her teaching at Georgia State University where she grounded her interest in multimedia and pop culture into active learning and reader-centered writing. Her dissertation and publications examine the triangulation between multiliteracies, superheroes, and student success that drive learning as an innovative, diverse process to propel students forward in their endeavors. Her current interests reflect her enthusiasm for cultural modes, digital learning, and integrative pathways for both faculty and students.
Chris Robinson is GGC’s Technical Trainer and Writer. An alumna of the University of California, Irvine, Chris spent many years deciding what she wanted to do when she grew up, wandering a path that included living in Guatemala, Micronesia, and Egypt. She spent twenty years as a massage therapist and instructor, with a wide range of clients that included bands like Nine Inch Nails and the Eagles. She joined the GGC staff in 2009, beginning as an administrative assistant, but with duties that grew to include teaching a virtual worlds module in some of GGC’s ITEC courses. Her role now is focused on helping GGC employees make better use of our commonly-used software and hardware. Mindful that technology can be confusing and frustrating for people, Chris’s mission is now “to put people out of their (technological) misery.” Chris currently works within the Office of Information Technology, but still works closely with the CTE.
David Robinson is GGC’s Learning Management System Administrator, responsible for the day-to-day management of the College’s “MyCourses” Desire2Learn environment and “MyGGC” portal. He works with University System of Georgia and Desire2Learn staff, and with GGC faculty and staff in all things dealing with GGC’s LMS use. He has administered and taught with Desire2Learn, Blackboard and WebCT since 1996. Prior to moving into educational technology as a career, Robinson taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Georgia, Egypt and Palau. He developed one of the first online ESL composition courses in the state. David currently works within the Office of Information Technology, but still works closely with the CTE.