Keynote Speaker 2019

Teaching Matters

Dr. Jeffery Galle serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the University System of Georgia. Coming to the USG after ten years with Emory’s Oxford College, he has led a number of faculty development initiatives, including the Institute for Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts (IPLA) which a number of faculty from Georgia institutions have attended.


After completing his doctorate in 1991 at Louisiana State University, Galle joined the faculty at University of Louisiana at Monroe and rose through the ranks to Professor of English with graduate faculty status.  Across the years, he developed faculty development programs as the Director of First-Year Writing at ULM and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Louisiana Association for College Composition.  As the Chair of his university’s English Department, Galle oversaw the creation of a graduate student conference, new degree programs, and a national fiction journal.  Chairing the University Strategic Planning Committee, Galle guided strategic planning until his departure for Emory in 2008 when he became the founding director of the Center for Academic Excellence.

Galle’s scholarly writing includes a number of books on innovative pedagogies such as High Impact Practices, inquiry-based learning, and place-based learning. He is the co-author of How to Be a ‘HIP’ Campus: Maximizing Learning in Undergraduate Education, (Rogers/Galle, July 2015) and the co-editor and contributing author of two volumes of essays that emerged from the IPLA— Teaching, Pedagogy, and Learning (Galle/Harrison, May 2017) and Revitalizing Classrooms (Galle/Harrison, October 2017).   Very interested in scholarship associated with place, he is also the co-editor and contributing author of Pedagogy and Place: From the Abstract to the Quotidian (Shannon/Galle, June 2017).  His chapters, articles, and conference presentations frequently have involved collaborations with other faculty within Emory and from other institutions.  Now, new scholarly projects are underway at the USG.

As the Scott Professor for Teaching Excellence (1996-99, ULM), the Outstanding Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences (2005, University of Louisiana at Monroe), and a Distinguished Teaching Scholar (Emory, 2009), Galle has deeply enjoyed teaching and learning with faculty, staff, and students.