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Georgia Southwestern State University
Leadership Profile
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Opportunity and Summary of Position
Georgia Southwestern State University seeks an exceptional, vibrant, and visible leader with
creativity, energy, and vision to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA).

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is a public institution of higher education, founded in
1906. Ranked as one of the best value colleges in the nation, the University has over 3,000
residential, commuter, and online students. The academic calendar operates on a semester system.
Students on campus hail from 25 states and 30 nations; the majority are residents of Georgia and
the region. The beautiful campus and its attractive, well-maintained signature facilities occupy
325 acres amid the lush farmland of Sumter County. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound and
the mild winters allow many of those activities to continue year-round. Official and unofficial
groups provide plenty of opportunities for social and civic engagement.

The University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that encourages intellectual,
personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the community. This comprehensive
state university within the University System of Georgia offers a full range of bachelor’s degree
programs, along with selected masters, and specialist degree programs. GSW is committed to serving
the needs of its developing region with educational programs for high school, professional and
technical graduates, post-graduate professional training, research and business services, and
cultural enrichment. Through its national and international affiliations, the University links
Southwest Georgia with the global economy and actively fosters a greater understanding of
international business and culture.

The University’s 20 to 1 student to teacher ratio allows faculty to provide individual attention to
students. As a result, student access to faculty is one of Georgia Southwestern’s greatest
strengths. GSW borders two National Historic Sites: The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in
Plains and the Andersonville National Historic Site, both part of the National Park Service. In
addition, Americus is the founding location for Habitat for Humanity and the international
headquarters for the Fuller Center for Housing. GSW is home to the Rosalynn Carter Institute for
Caregiving. GSW also offers students unique opportunities for community and service learning, in
addition to more than 30 majors and special programs of study.

Georgia Southwestern State University’s Provost/VPAA will lead the faculty and oversee the academic
life of the University, while serving with an inclusive vision, energy, creativity, and compassion.

The Provost/VPAA will seize new and promising opportunities, learn from the 
perspectives of others, develop plans that build on collective strengths and commitments, and 
inspire a sense of shared mission. Additionally, the Provost/VPAA will build on the institution’s 
reputation and resources to take it to even higher levels of academic quality and student success. 

The qualified and committed faculty and staff are proud of GSW’s accomplishments and its long
record of providing students with outstanding academic and life experiences. The new Provost/VPAA
will be passionate about higher education, its mission, and fostering a culture of student success.

The Provost/VPAA will play a key role in precisely defining GSW’s future and will have the depth of
management experience required to evaluate its current academic mission and ensure its future
successes. The Provost/VPAA will devote particular attention to the Strategic Plan adopted in 2016,
securing new resources to enable new strategic investments, and shaping an inclusive leadership
culture prominent to critical strategic decisions. Additionally, the Provost/VPAA will develop and
implement plans to continue sustainable enrollment growth, including retention, continuing
improvement of academic quality, building key internal relationships, and working to enhance
faculty morale across the University.

Role of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Provost/VPAA and Chair of the Faculty shall be an ex-officio member of the University Faculty
and is responsible for the instructional programs of the University and certain support services
such as, but not limited to, the library and Academic Resource Center. She/he is responsible for
supervising the recruitment and assignment of faculty personnel, recommending leadership personnel
in the academic areas to the President, and the daily administration of academic affairs, both for
faculty and for students.

The Provost/VPAA will be an engaged, inspiring leader with a commitment to GSW’s heritage, mission,
and core values, with a keen focus on the institution's teaching mission. The Provost/VPAA will
advance those values by building on the University’s traditions and strengths, actively seeking
consensus among all campus stakeholders, and exercising superb management and decision-making
skills. The Provost/VPAA will embrace the faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching and
research. Strengthening and fostering a vibrant and diverse community of students, faculty, and
staff, enhancing relationships with alumni, parents, community leaders, and others closely
associated with the University are additional duties.
Finally, the Provost/VPAA will lead by modeling character, passion, integrity, and the pursuit of

The Provost/VPAA principal duties are to:

Serve as the chief academic officer for all academic areas and academic functions of the
University, including faculty, academic programs, and academic support offices, activities of the
undergraduate and graduate programs, schools, and the library.
• Provide leadership and direction to the Office of Academic Affairs for development and 
recommendation for policies, planning guidance, and procedures for strategic planning and 
institutional effectiveness.
• Provide leadership and direction to the Office of Academic Affairs for student outcomes 
assessment, program review, and University and programmatic accreditation processes.
• Provide leadership and direction for the development and recommendations of a budget for the 
Office of Academic Affairs both for internal and external funding while maintaining the budget 
within defined management standards.
• Effectively represent multi-disciplinary departments to educational, business, and non- profit 
• Develop and maintain working relationships with all schools and programs in the University, and 
manage an environment to encourage the academic development of its students and their engagement as citizens.
• Integrate academic and co-curricular offerings within a cohesive educational program.
• Develop a service-oriented administration that guides and directs faculty and students with their 
academic regimen.
• Enhance the viability of faculty through professional development opportunities.
• Create the strategic plan for the Office of Academic Affairs, oversee and guide the creation and 
implementation of annual goals and outcomes for the Academic Affairs leadership team, provide 
leadership and direction in achieving priority institutional objectives for the Office of Academic 
Affairs, and evaluate progress toward goals and objectives.
• Support enrollment management initiatives and innovations in programs and methods of delivery 
that respond in a timely manner to a rapidly changing environment.
• Provide leadership and support to the Deans to meet/exceed enrollment targets, retention rates, 
and graduation rates for all academic units, and to ensure achievement of mission driven academic 
and co-curricular objectives.
• Coordinate out-of-classroom scholarship, learning environments, distance learning, and support 
services for students to create a dynamic living and education experience that emphasizes critical 
thinking and mission-focused leadership skills development.
• Coordinate all activities aimed at student success and retention for a diverse student 
population, including online, traditional on-campus, commuters, and international students.

Personal Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The Provost/VPAA of Georgia Southwestern State University will primarily demonstrate an active
commitment to the University’s core values and the student body. The University is particularly
interested in candidates who present the following professional qualifications and personal

Professional Qualifications

• Earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution.
• Qualifications for appointment as a tenured full professor in a GSW academic department.
• Experience in faculty recruitment, development, retention, promotion, and tenure decisions.
• Commitment to and knowledge of distance learning, alternative scheduling, and planning to meet
undergraduate, graduate, and distance learning students’ needs.
• Demonstrated ability to foster student success including but not limited to retention,
progression, and graduation.
• Proven commitment to academic excellence, entrepreneurship, experiential learning, and engaged
community scholarship.
• Demonstrated ability to work with new and innovative programs.
• Confirmed leadership and a strong record of successful academic administrative experience in
progressively responsible positions, to include budgeting, policy, and academic program
• Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and strong working relationships with faculty.
• An understanding of GSW's strong teaching mission.
• Experience in fostering collaboration between academic programs to create interdisciplinary
educational experiences for students.
• Knowledge of enrollment management, facility planning, and research (such as grant writing).
• Knowledge of accreditation standards set forth by one or more of the regional and national
accreditation agencies.
• Recognize and advocate for the strategic importance of online learning for GSW’s future growth.
• An understanding of the synergies and potential of the University, to harness effectively the
energy, ideas, and commitment of faculty, staff and students.

Personal Qualities

• A visioning, creative, and innovative strategic thinker who is collaborative, with the ability to
develop and articulate a shared vision possessing stamina, tenacity, determination, and courage.
• Conveys excitement and aspirations for the future to inspire and motivate faculty and staff to
achieve the shared vision.
• Strong, decisive leader with excellent judgment and strong impeccable integrity who will build on
institutional and regional strengths, while also recognizing and correcting institutional
• Ability to attract, retain, and delegate appropriately to a talented leadership team while 
working effectively and collegially with the team.
• Genuine interpersonal skills and a down to earth style. The versatility to engage effectively 
with multiple and diverse groups and individuals.
• Strong communicator with evident listening skills. A charismatic leader with a dynamic presence 
who will inspire faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni. The individual must have a genuine 
desire to be a visible presence on the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.
• A natural relationship builder with proven capacity to unite the faculty and the administration. 
A bridge builder who can resolve tensions. A leader who embraces and enhances the remarkable 
students, faculty, and staff at GSW.
• A commitment to inclusion and diversity, including individual action and institutional leadership 
to advance diversity beyond mere compliance with required standards.
• A consultative, collaborative style. A natural ability to resolve difficult issues in a fair, 
courteous, and dispassionate way.
• A servant leader with a personality characterized by self-confidence but evident humility. A 
leader who takes her/his role very seriously but not herself or himself.

Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership

The next Provost/VPAA of GSW will be encouraged to place particular emphasis on specific strategic
imperatives focused on the academic life of the University. In addition, the Provost/VPAA will
focus on the continued growth of the campus and fostering those strategies leading to greater
diversity, academic excellence, and growth. The Provost/VPAA will foster the following initiatives:

Vision and Identity

The new Provost/VPAA will work with the President, faculty, and staff to communicate a shared
vision of GSW's future with the University's many constituents. GSW has untapped potential and the
new Provost/VPAA needs to work with campus leadership to develop this potential. GSW has a unique
opportunity to capitalize on its success, raise its visibility regionally and nationally, and
continue to develop academic excellence as it secures its position in the landscape of higher
education. The next Provost/VPAA will help GSW communicate its mission as a teaching institution as
part of the University's academic identity.

Enrollment and Retention Optimization

While GSW’s enrollment growth has been steady and strong, it is imperative to develop a long-term
plan to grow enrollment, retention, and graduation rates. This effort should be supported with
precise analytics to understand student trends, needs and behaviors,and focus on stakeholder's roles,
influencing this through more effective student recruitment, engagement, and advising.

Strategic Plan Goals 2016 and Academic Master Plan

The Provost/VPAA will coordinate efforts to complete and implement the four goals identified in the
2016 Strategic Plan, “Expanding High-Impact Teaching and Learning Experiences; Transforming Campus
Connections; Cultivating Community Engagement with Intentionality; and Promoting Enhanced
Stewardship.” The Provost/VPAA will work with the President and various campus stakeholders to
ensure the Strategic Plan includes the following elements: mission, vision, values, goals, action
steps, metrics, accountability, timetable, mileposts, and a business plan. The plan should include
a major focus on GSW becoming a community-engaged University that emphasizes the academic aspects
of the campus community such as service learning, and the presences of Habitat of Humanity, The
Fuller Center for Housing, The National Park Service, and former United States President and First
Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in the community.

Since GSW does not have an academic master plan, its academic program portfolio will benefit from a
comprehensive review. Part of the plan should seek to match the academic portfolio with the
economic needs of the region. The next Provost/VPAA should demonstrate the ability to lead GSW to
an academic master plan seeking the input from all academic units.

University Life

The Provost/VPAA will have the keen ability to relate and respond to concerns of faculty, staff and
students. He/she will be a staunch supporter of student life activities including, but not limited
to, athletics, student government, Greek life, and have an understanding of the importance of
his/her role in student life and participating in student life activities. Because GSW currently
operates on a four-day academic schedule, many students leave for long weekends, thereby reducing
the intellectual and social vibrancy of the campus. The Provost/VPAA will work with the President,
faculty, and staff to develop a contemporary and innovative approach to student life thereby
creating a lively, energetic campus environment that will draw and engage students.

Georgia Southwestern State University: An Overview

Georgia Southwestern State University has as its major asset a dedicated faculty and staff, many of
whom work extremely hard to make Georgia Southwestern a great place for student learning and
growth. As the University has grown, it has maintained the high quality standards of years past
while moving forward with innovative technology to enhance student learning and provide additional
opportunities for non-traditional students. In addition to its burgeoning
professional programs in Business, Nursing, and Education, the University has many strong science 
and liberal arts programs. Fields such as Geology, with all recent graduates employed or in 
graduate programs with two new PhD’s in geology this past fall, Biology, with a history of students 
accepted into medical and veterinary schools, and History, with many students going on to graduate 
programs or teaching. Additionally, the Department of Psychology and Sociology is the largest major 
in the College of Arts and Sciences, Art, with a glass-blowing studio – one of the few in an 
academic setting in Georgia, and Music, with a fantastic performance space, jazz band, and a great 
chamber music series.

Currently, Georgia Southwestern State University is an institution seeing an increase in
enrollment, and, as one of only two public institutions in southern Georgia to see an increase,
this indicates fortunes are on the rise. With the consolidation of academic institutions in
southern Georgia, GSW is in a great position to offer a “private college experience at a great
price." An effective marketing and recruitment campaign will go a long way to maintaining
enrollment growth in future years.

Among distinguished GSW alumni are former President of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize
recipient Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, and the late Griffin Bell, former
U.S. Attorney General.

Points of Pride

• Best Value: Georgia Southwestern is sixth among the nation’s most affordable online colleges in
2016 according to a report by GSW received the Editor's Award for Best Tuition.

• Georgia Southwestern is 40th out of the 100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in the U.S. by The site defined "small college" as a traditional, four-year college or
university that has 4,000 or fewer students. There are approximately 700 schools of this size in
the U.S.

• Similarly, ranked Georgia Southwestern 23rd out of the 100 Most Affordable
Small Colleges east of the Mississippi. Of the more than 400 qualifying colleges, Great Value
Colleges determined the top 100 most affordable by calculating each college's net price, which is
an adjusted price that takes into account the annual cost of tuition and other fees as well as the
average financial aid package offered to students.

• Top Five in Education: Georgia Southwestern's School of Education was listed as a "Top 5 Best
Value Education Program” in Georgia by The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). GSW's
undergraduate secondary education degree ranked third.

• Best Online Nursing Programs: The Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing was
recently ranked 38th in the nation on a list of the "Best Online Nursing Programs" by (AC Online) in its third annual ranking. Georgia Southwestern was among
five universities in Georgia on the list.

• Georgia Southwestern's Master of Science in Nursing program is 45th out of the 50 best graduate
nursing programs in America by

• Top 20 Best Buy in BSIT: The online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program has
been ranked as one of the Top 20 "Best Buys" in the country by, a consumer group
that rates, ranks, and verifies the cost and credibility of online universities. The site ranked
the University System of Georgia's (USG) WebBSIT program 16th in the nation, out of 88 schools.
Georgia Southwestern is one of only six schools in the USG's WebBSIT program.

• CPA Exam Success: According to a study by the National Association of State Boards of
Accountancy, Georgia Southwestern accounting graduates who took the most recent CPA exam stood out
nationally. They ranked 25th among the nation's medium-sized programs and 3rd among universities in
Georgia. GSW students taking the exam for the first time scored a 67.7 percent pass rate, which is
more than 12 points higher than the national pass rate and nearly four points higher than the pass
rate for Georgia universities.

• Best Value HR Degree: Georgia Southwestern ranked second on the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges
for an HR Degree 2016 list assembled by GSW was one of only two Georgia colleges that made the list.

Mission Statement

Georgia Southwestern State University cultivates excellence in learning and teaching that
encourages intellectual, personal, and social growth for students, faculty, staff, and the
community. Georgia Southwestern State University is a comprehensive state university within the
University System of Georgia that offers a full range of bachelor degree programs, along with
selected master's and specialist degree programs.

Strategic Plan

In January of 2016, members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and associated
subcommittees began the development of the Strategic Plan, as well as revisions to the University's
Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and composition of Core Values. Feedback on the strategic plan
was evaluated though campus and online forums, and multiple stakeholder groups internal and
external to campus.

The strategic plan defines areas of emphasis for the modern university, while entrenched in the
110-year history of the University. As an institution dedicated to the preparation of students,
teaching excellence, creation and application of knowledge, and engagement within campus
and outreach into the communities served, the strategic plan represents the latest evolution of the 
institutional mission and focuses efforts to achieve four strategic goals:

• Expanding high-impact teaching and learning experiences
• Transforming campus connections
• Cultivating community engagement with intentionality
• Promoting enhanced stewardship


School of Business Administration

The School of Business Administration provides its diverse student population with quality
bachelor's and master's-level educational programs that produce graduates with the knowledge and
skills to help them excel in their business careers, in further academic studies, and fulfilling
personal potential. The School strives to enhance students' academic experience through relevant
faculty teaching activities, professional activities, community service, and applied scholarly
endeavors relevant to the southwest Georgia region.

The School of Business Accounting Program is 25th in the nation for medium- sized programs and #3
in Georgia based on the CPA exam pass rate. GSW is the exclusive University System of Georgia
campus to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration through the eMajor program. The BBA in Human
Resource Management fully aligns with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) HR
curriculum guide.


• AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, accredits the
School of Business Administration.
• The Center for Business and Economic Development (CBED) at Georgia Southwestern State University,
housed in the School of Business Administration, offers one-on-one consulting to area entrepreneurs
and small business owners.
• Alumna Jaha Dukureh '15 was named to Time Magazine's 2016 List of 100 Most Influential People.
• GSW HR degree ranked #2 on the "50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for an HR Degree 2016" list
assembled by
• Online BBA in accounting and HR ranked in nation's top 20 for affordability.

School of Computing and Mathematics

The School of Computing and Mathematics offers excellent undergraduate and graduate education in
computer science, information technology, and mathematics for an evolving multinational
environment. Providing students with knowledge relevant to educational,
technological and business needs, while offering students personalized and challenging experiences 
is paramount to the School. The faculty is committed to scholarship, creative work, and community service.

The Department of Mathematics established a statewide mathematics tournament for high school
students in 1974, which has been the longest running math tournament in the state of Georgia.
Beginning in 2013, the tournament invites middle and elementary school participation. More than
1000 students from over 50 high schools and 20 middle schools participate each year.

The School developed a self-service kiosk prototype funded by a $250,000 research grant from the
Motorola Corporation. Based on a $99,000 NASA grant, the School implemented a minority mentoring
and scholarship program, which allowed students to pursue science-based programs of study, and
helped the University develop a computer assisted academic counseling and student recruitment

The School of Computing and Mathematics has received the following grants: NCR Corporation,
$1.6 million; FIPSE, $400,000; NASA, $99,000; Motorola, $250,000; AT&T, $25,000; National Science
Foundation, $43,000; and Microsoft Education, $68,000.

College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences' mission is to provide educational opportunities that emphasize
intellectual development, knowledge, leadership, and skills that will allow students to prosper
throughout their lives as productive, informed, involved citizens. The College strives to provide
an environment where the free exchange of ideas, high standards of scholarship, and creativity


• The new online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offered as a USG eMajor is very popular
and growing rapidly.
• High quality Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees with studio concentrations in Ceramics, Glass,
Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Digital Arts where graduates have
been very successful at achieving careers in studio arts and in acceptance to MFA programs.
• The Chemistry Department has a highly successful record of accomplishment in placing
pre-pharmacy/chemistry students into pharmacy school.
• The Department of English and Modern Languages also has an impressive record of placing students
into graduate programs, the work force, and area classrooms. In addition, the department includes a
growing Spanish minor.
• Georgia Southwestern is one of the very few colleges or universities in the state with a Geology
program. Graduates are prosperous in careers in geology and in admission to graduate programs.

School of Education

All programs within the Georgia Southwestern School of Education reflect collaboration with
colleagues throughout the University and local school systems. Through a network of 47 Professional
Development Schools located in 14 area school systems, the School of Education fully integrates the
field experience and academic components. The school's mission is to prepare effective teachers who
demonstrate the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to promote student
achievement in grades PreK-12.

Partnerships and Service Opportunities

The School of Education has collaborative partnerships with approximately 55 schools in the
southwest Georgia region. These formalized partnerships are mutually beneficial and serve to
prepare, evaluate, and support quality educators in our region. The focus of each partnership is on
continuous school improvement and student achievement.

Graduate Programs

Georgia Southwestern State University's School of Education offers four Master of Education
programs and two Education Specialist programs. The programs are one of Georgia's best in terms of
cost, convenience, and time to completion. The programs target students who currently have
certification. Both the M.Ed. and Ed.S. Programs are hybrid format programs, with five face-to-face
Saturday meetings supplemented with online learning experiences each semester.


• The Early Childhood Development Center within the GSW School of Education is a Georgia
Lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program. The Child Development Center delivers a unique teaching
and learning research opportunity for GSW students and pre- kindergarten students.

School of Nursing

The need for professional nurses is greater than ever, and the Georgia Southwestern School of
Nursing is committed to developing qualified nurses and nurse leaders to embark on a health care
career that is challenging, dynamic and satisfying. Our students receive the foundation in theory,
practice, and critical thinking skills necessary to become excellent health care providers. Strong
academic preparation through practice is possible through strategic partnerships with regional
healthcare providers.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) - Georgia Southwestern's four undergraduate program tracks
offer students of varying educational backgrounds a pathway into the nursing profession or further
to a higher degree of the nursing profession. The Georgia Board of Nursing and the Accreditation
Commission accredits these programs for Education in Nursing (ACEN).


• Traditional BSN: designed for students having no nursing background.
• Second Degree: Designed for students with a bachelor's degree or higher in a non- nursing field
of study.
• LPN-BSN: Allows licensed LPNs to further their education and become registered nurses with a BSN.
• RN-BSN: Completely online, this program is designed to meet the needs of RNs who are completing
the BSN degree.

Master of Science in nursing (M.S.N.) - The MSN degree is completely online. This masters-level
program, known as the Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education, is a
collaboration between Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the master's degree in nursing and
post-graduate APRN certificate at Georgia Southwestern or

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI)

RCI is an advocacy, education, research, and service unit of Georgia Southwestern State University.
RCI is the only national institute to integrate both professional and family caregiver issues in
research, education, and advocacy agendas. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter's chief concern is if
caregivers - family or professional - are suffering, the quality of care they provide to others and
to themselves is compromised. Through the RCI's academic, scholarship, and education and training
programs, the RCI seeks to enhance the quality of care provision as well as enhance the quality of
life for all caregivers and receivers.

Academic Program

The Caregiving Issues and Management Certificate Program: An interdisciplinary program designed to
foster understanding of the caregiving field through the exploration of the journey of a caregiver,
evidenced-based caregiver support programs, vulnerable populations needing caregivers, and
culturally appropriate approaches to caregiving.

Caregiver Support Programs

RCI Reach (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers Health): Specifically, for dementia
caregivers, this face-to-face tailored program consists of stress management, problem solving, 
self-care obstacles and education on troubling dementia behaviors.

Dealing with Dementia Behaviors: This workshop for family and professional caregivers provides tips
and strategies for caregivers on best practices for caring for their loved ones and themselves.

BRI Care Consultation (Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging): This is a 12-month telephonic/e-mail
program that assists caregiving families by empowering them to manage care and decision- making
more effectively, to find simple and practical solutions to caregiving problems, to find services,
and understand insurances along with providing emotional support throughout the caregiving journey.

Operation Family Caregiver: This one-on-one program coaches the families and friends of returning
service members and veterans to manage difficult transitions.

Caring for You, Caring for Me: This program addresses the needs of family and professional
caregivers by bringing them together in a relaxed setting to discuss common issues, share ideas and
gain a better understanding of each other's perspective on what it means to be a caregiver.

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Growing an online presence

Georgia Southwestern is on the forefront of online education within the University System of
Georgia. The University offers two bachelor "eMajor" degrees through the USG's "eCampus"
initiative. These are completely online degrees. One of the degrees is a Bachelor's in Criminal
Justice offered in Collaboration with Dalton State College

The second degree is a Bachelor's in Business Administration (accounting, HR management, management
and marketing) offered exclusively by Georgia Southwestern.

GSW also offers the following master's degrees completely online: MBA, Master of Science in
Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Nursing (in collaboration with Columbus State
University). Georgia Southwestern is a member of the USG's eCore program.

The Center for Teaching and Learning

The mission of GSW's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is to provide faculty with
opportunities for professional development so that they may continue to investigate pedagogical
strategies, discuss and debate issues relative to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and
pursue areas of research interest within their disciplines.

Faculty development at GSW varies, including teaching circles, workshops, and campus symposia.
Teaching circles enable faculty from a variety of disciplines, to meet and share ideas about best
practices of teaching and scholarship. Workshops that are slightly more formal present faculty
additional opportunities to improve their teaching. Most recently, Symposiums for Engaged Teaching

provide method for faculty to present at campus symposia. The CTL works to support GSW faculty
in their efforts to engage their students at a teaching focused institution.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredits GSW
to award baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866
Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033- 4097 or call 404-679- 4500 for questions about the
accreditation of Georgia Southwestern State University.

The SACSCOC Board of Trustees at its December 2014 meeting reaffirmed Georgia Southwestern. GSW's
current accreditation extends through 2024.

The Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation accredits the School of Education.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the Bachelor of Science Degree in
Nursing. The Georgia Board of Nursing certifies the program.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited the Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

AACSB International accredits the School of Business Administration. MCSB accreditation is the
hallmark of excellence in business education, earned by less than five percent of the world's
business schools.

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements recognizes that Georgia
Southwestern State University delivers fully online educational programs in Business, Computer
Science, Criminal Justice, and Nursing.

University Learning Outcomes

GSW Graduates have demonstrated general competency in the following areas:

• Written communication
• Quantitative problem solving
• Critical evaluation of information
• Understanding of cultural differences
• Articulating factual and conceptual knowledge of the humanities and fine arts
• Interpreting symbolic representations of data relevant to the physical world
• Evaluating the relationship between observation and inference in the natural sciences
• Articulating factual and conceptual knowledge concerning societal dynamics
• Concerning historical and societal dynamics within the US
• Concerning world-wide historical and societal dynamics
• Evaluating problems or texts
• Composing organized, coherent, and accurate responses to problems or texts

GSW Graduates have demonstrated advanced competency in at least one area of Specialized Learning
(the Major)

GSW Graduates have demonstrated competency appropriate to their area of specialized learning in the
following intellectual skills:

• Oral and written communication
• Quantitative reasoning
• Problem solving
• Information literacy

GSW Graduates are able to apply their Specialized Learning and their Intellectual skills in real
world situations.

GSW Graduates have demonstrated general competency in the following areas of Global Learning:

• Identifying, describing and explaining cultural differences
• Asking questions about other cultures and finding answers to those questions
• Interacting with people from other cultures

Student Life

Georgia Southwestern has over 60 student organizations in the following categories: Campus, Greek,
Honors, Religious, Sports, and Student Media. Student services such as Resident’s Life, Career
Services, Counseling Services, The Writing Center, and Academic Resource Center provide additional

GSW also has an active student government association, with involvement across numerous areas of
campus life.


A member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference, competing in 10 men and women sports, the
Hurricanes have won 16 conference championships over the last 20 years. Georgia Southwestern
student-athletes succeed off the court and the playing field, as well. In 2016, 84
student-athletes became part of the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. It marks the 
highest total for Georgia Southwestern since transitioning to the NCAA in 2006.

• Baseball
• Basketball (Men's and Women's)
• Cross Country
• Golf
• Soccer (Men's and Women's)
• Softball
• Tennis (Men's and Women's)

• 69 since 1975

Academic All-Americans
• 36 since 1986

• Men's basketball player Adam Thoseby - Peach Belt Conference 2015-16 men's basketball
All-Conference team.
• Golfers Hayes Dupree, Fraser Johnston, Nicholas Ward and Anders Olsson - Cleveland Golf/Srixon
All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America for 2016.
• Golfer Ethan Chamineak - NCAA Division II PING All-America Third Team by the Golf Coaches
Association of America for 2016.
• Softball player Hayley Tierce - Freshman of the Year, Second Team All- Conference and First
Team All-Southeast Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association for 2016.
• Softball player Joshlyn Martin-Peach Belt Conference First Team All- Conference.


Georgia Southwestern State University has a total operating budget of $47 million dollars for FY
2017, including $9 million in restricted funds funded by federal, state, local and private sources.
In addition, the Georgia Southwestern State University Foundation has over $30 million in assets.

Faculty Profile

Seventy-five percent of GSW faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Georgia Southwestern State
University does not use graduate assistants to teach courses.

Student Profile

Fall 2016
• 2945 students
o 2530 FTE
o 396 graduate students
o 2700 in state; 179 out-of--state; 75 out-of-country
o 4.3% Hispanic/Latin; 2.6%Asian; 26.2% African American; 64.5% White
o 64.9% Female; 35.1% Male
o Average age bachelor's - 24; Average age graduate - 33

The Georgia Southwestern State University Foundation

The GSW Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that serves Georgia Southwestern State
University. Incorporated in the state of Georgia in 1979, the Foundation has three primary
missions: Manage assets and invests endowment funds to maximize their value for GSW, Administers
gift fund accounts in accordance with the donors' wishes for the benefit of Georgia Southwestern
State University, and Assist Georgia Southwestern in raising funds from the private sector. The
Foundation is legally separate from Georgia Southwestern State University, the GSW Alumni
Association, and the GSW Hurricane Club, although it works in close partnership with all of these
for the benefit of GSW. GSW has an enviable Foundation, much larger than most institutions of its
size. Furthermore, the Foundation has been willing to take draws of between 5.5 percent and 6
percent over the last couple of years to help with student enrollment in particular.

University System of Georgia

The University System of Georgia is comprised of 28 public colleges and universities in the
following categories: research universities, comprehensive universities, state universities, and
state colleges. A Board of Regents, appointed by the governor to seven-year terms, governs the
University System. The Board of Regents is composed of 19 members, with five appointed from the
state-at-large, and one from each of the state's 14 congressional districts. The Board also has
oversight of the Georgia Archives and the Georgia Public Library System.

Diversity Statement

Georgia Southwestern State University embraces diversity as an integral part of being a caring
community of lifelong learners. We are committed to building and maintaining a diverse, accessible,
civil, and supportive campus. GSW provides an environment and curriculum that affirms pluralism of
beliefs and opinions, including diversity of religion, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation,
disability, age, and socioeconomic class.

The University will implement and adhere to policies and procedures that discourage harassment and
other behaviors that infringe upon the freedom and respect that every individual deserves.

Americus, Georgia

Americus, the county seat of Sumter County in southwest Georgia, is located approximately nine
miles east of Plains and 150 miles south of Atlanta, in the middle of a triangle formed by Albany,
Columbus, and Macon, sixteen miles west of the Flint River. Incorporated on December 22, 1832, by
the end of the century, Americus had become the eighth largest city in the state. Americus reached
a population of 17,013 by the end of the twentieth century, according to the 2000 U.S. census.

While agriculture has long been the driving force of the county's economy, Sumter County's
historical past attracts tourists. Historical landmarks include the Rylander Theatre, circa 1921;
the Windsor Hotel, circa 1892; and Habitat for Humanity located in the Rylander Building, circa

Americus, an intimate town of 19,000, is rich in history and culture with a constant eye toward the
future. The town prides itself in education as home to Georgia Southwestern University and South
Georgia Technical College. Offering a variety of social opportunities, Americus embraces the
small-town atmosphere where friends and neighbors wave hello and traffic is unheard of.
The Americus community overwhelmingly sees downtown as its heart and soul. The community also sees
the health and vibrancy of downtown as a greater indicator of the overall health and vibrancy of
the surrounding region.

Historic Downtown Americus is a classic example of the fanciful Victorian commercial architecture
of the 1880's and gay 90's, blended with a touch of the 1920's. Designated a Georgia Main Street
City in 1983, an on-going revitalization program lends to the vibrant atmosphere of the central
business district. Antique stores, gift shops, art galleries, specialty shops, taste-tempting
eateries, and financial and governmental services are just some of the features of downtown
Americus. There are currently thirty-five charming loft apartments downtown. A traditional blend of
goods and services is available to shoppers, as the small-town custom of personal service thrives.
This diversified blend assures action and true southern hospitality in downtown Americus. Events
include First Fridays, theater, summer farmers market, antique shows, parades, and walking tours of
President Jimmy Carter's boyhood farm.

Americus is located two and a half hours south of Atlanta via US Highway 19, the Magnolia Highway.
Americus is approximately 40 minutes from Albany, 75 minutes from Macon and Columbus, and about
three and a half hours from Savannah and Panama City Beach.

For more information about Americus, GA, please visit:



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Library Instruction Program Mission

The library instruction program’s mission is to foster the development of information literacy and critical thinking skills, enabling students to successfully meet curricular requirements and become life-long learners. In an effort to enrich student learning for students of differing learning preferences and skill levels in the physical and virtual classroom, the library provides instruction through methods that are responsive to technological and pedagogical change.

Library Instruction Program Goals

  • To develop critical thinking skills in students as they find, use, and evaluate information
  • To build strong collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and community members
  • To provide information literacy instruction in a variety of formats to allow for access by diverse learners
  • To establish a system of assessment of student learning outcomes for all library instruction
  • To periodically evaluate the library instruction program and make revisions as necessary

Requesting Library Instruction

One of the primary goals of the library is to provide quality instruction opportunities for GSW students, and these opportunities often occur in collaboration with faculty. The library can provide instruction for classes on any of the topics listed below or others as requested; however, in an effort to provide the most meaningful and constructive instruction experiences for students, it’s encouraged that faculty limit requests to 3-4 of the topics per 50 minute class period. The reference librarian can also work with faculty to create research projects, design workshops, or make available online tutorials and guides. Because faculty work so closely with students, they are often the first to notice areas in which students could use extra help from the library instruction program, so please don’t hesitate to let the library know if you observe a need for our services.

The following topics can be addressed during library instruction sessions. If you have a specific topic for your class, please inform the librarian when you make your request.

Topic Exploration

  • creating concept maps
  • finding appropriate keywords
  • using Google and Wikipedia responsibly

Using Gil-Find

  • search strategies
  • Boolean search operators
  • Gil-Find Express
  • Interlibrary Loan


  • search strategies
  • choosing an appropriate database

Website Evaluation

  • evaluating online content based on currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose
  • using Google and Wikipedia responsibly

Journal/Article Evaluation

  • evaluating periodicals based on currency, relevance, authority, and accuracy
  • Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular Sources

Citation Creation

  • reference sources for citation styles (style manual, OWL Purdue, etc.)
  • creating citations in a specific citation style

Avoiding Plagiarism

  • deciding when to cite
  • how to cite a direct quote vs. a paraphrase
  • understanding common knowledge

Using Primary Sources

  • understanding the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • critically examining primary sources (using special collections materials as examples)

Please feel free to email a librarian at if you have specific needs or questions.

Library Instruction Feedback

To provide feedback about library instruction whether for a class session, one-on-one reference interaction, or an online library instruction module (like a tutorial or research guide), please fill out the form at the following link. Your feedback is appreciated.

Library Instruction Evaluation

Foundations of Information Literacy Course

The Foundations of Information Literacy Course (LIBR1101) is offered every year during Spring and Summer semesters in either in-person or online format. This course explores the impact of information on academics, work, and life. Students will learn information literacy concepts, theory, and practical applications in order to gain the necessary skills to acquire, evaluate, organize, and present data collected via a variety of media. The knowledge and skills gained in this course create a foundation for academic success and lifelong learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to understand the theory and concepts of Information Literacy and the information seeking process by:
    • Choosing, defining and limiting a research problem
    • Identifying appropriate types of resources to answer the information need
    • Locate print, electronic, and multimedia resources
  2. Students will practice ethical use of information and to evaluate information and its sources critically by:
    • Articulating and applying criteria for evaluating both the information and its source
    • Evaluating the usefulness of retrieved information to the research problem
    • Understanding the definition and various forms of plagiarism and its impact on academic success and future goals
  3. Students will work toward proficiency in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education through:
    • Understanding theory and practical application of Information Literacy
    • Developing skills in identifying and defining information needs
    • Developing skills for advanced research using print and electronic information sources

UNIV 1000

For those students completing the library session in the UNIV1000 course, please click on the links for the tutorials (GIL-Find and GALILEO tutorials) and library guide for your course and take the short quiz at the following link.

UNIV 1000 Library Quiz

Embedded Librarian Services

The James Earl Carter Library offers the ability to have an embedded librarian in any fully online course. The embedded librarian provides helpful resources and answers questions through the existence of an “Ask the Librarian” forum, and can also provide online tutorials and guides for your online course. Please feel free to contact a librarian at to include an embedded librarian in your course.

Library Computer Lab Use

The Library has an electronic classroom available for instruction or testing that is located on the first floor of the James Earl Carter Library and funded by student technology fees. There are 30 ADA compliant computers in the lab with USB and DVD drives, Microsoft Office products, Internet Explorer, and appropriate browser plug-ins. Please contact Administrative Computing about additional software availability and/or requirements.

The classroom also has a stationary and a portable whiteboard and an LCD ceiling-mounted projector system.  In addition to the 30 computer stations, the room will seat an additional 10-15 people.

Requests for instruction of classes may be made by telephone. Please call the library at 229-931-2259. Requests may also be made by e-mail to either John Wilson or Kay Bell.

Subject Guides

The library provides access to online library guides for a wide variety of subjects. To access subject guides in various disciplines or for a specific course, please click here. If you are a faculty member and would like to recommend the creation or improvement of a library guide, please contact a librarian at

Library Tutorials

The library offers interactive online tutorials for students to use at point of need, for incorporation in online instruction, and for use in a flipped classroom environment. All tutorials can be found here.

To request that a tutorial on a particular topic be created or to give feedback on the tutorials, please fill out the form here or email a librarian at


Workshops relating to research, the use or evaluation of information, or instruction & technology are available to be offered by the library. To request a workshop, please email a librarian at Past workshop topics include:

  • How to Use Wikipedia and Get Away With It
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • Super Search Strategies
  • Incorporating Information Literacy in Instruction
  • Active Learning in the Classroom: Sharing Strategies That Work
  • Using Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.  You can reach us by telephone at 229-931-2259, FAX 229-931-2265, or by sending an email to:

If you would like to renew your books or ask a questions about your account or Circulation, please email:

If you have a question about Interlibrary Loan, please email:

If you have a reference question, please email:

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