Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes faculty who have assumed leadership roles within the last five years and who exemplify UNG’s commitment to shared governance and effective leadership. These awards were announced at Convocation in fall 2018.

Dee Gillespie, Associate Professor of History, serves as the Departmental Assessment Coordinator, assisting with application processes and aligning academic goals with learning outcomes and assessments. Furthermore, she is an organizer of UNG’s Civil War lecture series, and the Chair of the department’s Gateway to Completion (G2C) committee, the USG’s initiative to examine and redesign certain gateway courses. In June 2018, Dr. Gillespie recorded an interview for TV18, Gainesville and Hall County’s public access channel. This year marks Hall County’s bicentennial, and TV18 is celebrating with a series of videos about Hall County history. They invited Dr. Gillespie to participate based on her research into the history of Buford Dam and creation of Lake Lanier, as well as her work with UNG students to record original oral history interviews with local residents. The video is accessible through the TV18 website: https://www.gainesville.org/fm/media/detail/id/768/

Victoria Hightower, Associate Professor of History, serves as the Assistant Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and mentors students through the complex process of applying for the highly competitive scholarships. Dr. Hightower is Membership Secretary (2010-present) for the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) and co-advises Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society. She developed a multilingual World Civilization survey course (HIST 1112) to be taught to Arabic language majors for whom at least fifty percent of all content will be presented in Arabic.

April Nelms serves as Department Head of Teacher Education and Coordinator of the College of Education–Science Education programs. A successful grant writer, she has formed a community of practice to supports faculty in applying for external sources of funding. In 2017, Dr. Nelms received a $12,800 Affordable Learning Grant for Authoritative Science Publications for Education Majors (ASPEM) with her colleagues Sanghee Choi, Max Dominguez, Donna Governor, and David Osmond. Dr. Nelms, along with Sanghee Choi and Mark Spraker, successfully applied for a National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant to support the education of pre-service secondary STEM teachers.