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GS professor named Governor's Teaching Fellow
Meca Williams-Johnson, Ph.D
Meca Williams-Johnson

Georgia Southern University Professor of Educational Research Meca Williams-Johnson, Ph.D., has been selected to serve as a member of the Governor’s Teaching Fellows 2022-2023 cohort.

“I am enthusiastic about the program opportunity,” Williams-Johnson said. “It will allow me time to ask more questions, dig deeper and measure progress in something I’ve been involved in for a long time at Georgia Southern.” 

A Statesboro resident, Williams-Johnson is a 16-year professor in Georgia Southern’s College of Education, and has served as a member of the University Honors Council and mentor to honors students for more than 14 years. 

“Since 2008, I’ve worked with the University’s Honors Program, and now Honors College, in facilitating research projects with our preservice teachers,” she said. “I am happy to see it grow and develop with the inclusion of our undergraduate research courses for our special education undergraduate majors. It is with renewed hope and energy that we will continue to chart more ways to infuse research course work into the undergraduate student experiences in COE.”

The Fellows program was established by former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller to provide the state’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Each eligible university may submit two nominees for the fellowship. Participants are selected based on their teaching experience, ability to make a positive impact on their campus and interest in continuing instructional and professional development.

The Teaching Fellows academic year program allows participants to attend three-day symposia held six times over the academic year while also engaging in instructional improvement projects held on their home campuses. 

The symposia include a combination of structured instructional and faculty development activities as well as self-directed activities designed to meet individual needs.

“My motivation to pursue this opportunity was to increase dedicated time for professional development,” Williams-Johnson said. “I believe this Governor Teaching Fellowship will connect me with the right individuals to reenergize my efforts in teaching.”

Williams-Johnson is also the faculty advisor for the University’s Statesboro Campus Chapter of NAACP. Her research interests include emotions in teaching and learning, self-determination theory, self-efficacy beliefs, critical race theory, intersectionality and qualitative research methods.

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