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GSC Professor Honored With Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019

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GSC Provost Dr. C. Jeffery Knighton, Rebecca Mayo, Dr. Joe Mayo, Alison Nooks and GSC President Kirk A. Nooks

Dr. Joe Mayo, Gordon State College Professor of Psychology, was recognized Friday at the Regents’ Scholarship Gala.

 Mayo was awarded one of two Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Awards given annually by the USG Board of Regents.

 During the presentation, it was noted that “Dr. Joe Mayo integrates Boyer’s scholarship of discovery and scholarship of teaching into a systematic investigation of student learning with a focus on authentic assessment and constructivist pedagogy. Despite a teaching load of 8-10 classes per year, Mayo is a highly engaged scholar and mentor with a national reputation.”

 “When I was first hired as a faculty member,” Dr. Mayo was my official mentor,” said Dr. C. Jeffery Knighton, GSC Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Now that I am Provost, he continues to be an inspiration to me, a role model of what a true scholar is. The students and faculty of Gordon State College are truly fortunate to have a researcher of Dr. Joe Mayo’s national renown working on our behalf.”

 Mayo has been teaching at Gordon State since 1989

Senior English major Angela Knight said Mayo was one of her favorite instructors and agrees that Gordon, especially the students, are lucky that he is here.

 “He is such an energetic professor, “ said Knight. “He interacts with the students and makes his classes very interesting.”

Each year the USG Regents’ Gala is held in support of the USG Foundation’s efforts to increase need-based scholarships which are made available to more than 325,000 students that attend all colleges and universities of the University System of Georgia.