The Division for

Instruction & Innovation

The Vice President for Instruction and Innovation works closely with Deans and other Vice Presidents to develop and advance the strategic academic mission of Augusta University to focus on the delivery of high quality instruction throughout our academic programs, incorporation of high impact practices into instruction and enhancement of innovative methods of instruction and opportunities to engage the 21st century learner in ways that will positively impact student learning.

The Division for Instruction and Innovation is a diverse group of units that share a commitment to engaged learning through innovative instruction. Likewise, the Division works from the assumption that high impact learning experiences are best when they are nested in contexts beyond the classrooms. Whether the learning is in the medical clinic, the art studio, a rural health clinic, the historical museum, or a third grade classroom, the best instruction finds a way to move from theory to practice and then back to theory, thus crafting a dialogue that focuses on making this world a better place in which to live.

Dr. Zach Kelehear

Vice President for Instruction & Innovation

The Vice President for Instruction and Innovation works closely with Deans and Vice Presidents to develop and advance the strategic academic mission of Augusta University to focus on the delivery of high quality instruction throughout our academic programs, incorporation of high impact practices into instruction and enhancement of innovative methods of instruction and opportunities to engage the 21st century learner in ways that will positively impact student learning.

Staff

Denise Kornegay

Denise Kornegay, MSW

Executive Director

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
John Sutherland

John Sutherland, PhD

Director

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)
Kimberly Gray

Kimberly Gray, DPA

Director

Experiential Learning
Deborah Richardson

Deborah Richardson, PhD

Director

Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence
Tim Sadenwasser

Tim Sadenwasser, PhD

Director

Honors Program
Justin M. Owen

Justin M. Owen

Director

Interdisciplinary Simulation Center
LD Newman, MA, JD

LD Newman, MA, JD

Assistant Vice President

International Initiatives
Brenda Seago

Brenda Seago, MLS, MA, PhD

Director

Libraries
Pam Witter

Pam Witter, MEd, CCMP™

Director

Professional & Community Education
Maria Darley

Maria Darley

Director

Study Abroad

Units

Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

A partnership coordinated by Augusta University, the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network is a complex, multi-disciplinary effort which responds to the problems of health professional supply and distribution in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)

Supports faculty-led research and scholarly activity with undergraduates in a variety of ways including: development activities, student research seminars, and offering research grants for faculty working with undergraduates.

Experiential Learning

The Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) is tasked with implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), “Learning by Doing”. Learning by Doing broadens its impact on student learning through a comprehensive effort to develop faculty as innovative teachers who integrate experiential learning into their courses.

Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence

Facilitates the professional development of faculty members, promotes evidence-based pedagogies that foster student engagement and active learning, and recognizes and reward accomplishments and achievements of faculty members.

Honors Program

Provide all motivated and high-achieving students the opportunity to enhance their undergraduate education. The honors curriculum focuses on three goals: knowledge, communication, and professionalism.

Interdisciplinary Simulation Center

Offer the full spectrum of simulation services including high fidelity simulation, standardized patients, skills labs and procedural training for the healthcare training programs of Augusta University

International Initiatives

The newly-created International Initiatives unit is at the center of Augusta University’s mission to create a campus culture that embraces global learning opportunities and engagement.

Libraries

Lead the organization in providing comprehensive information resources and services in support of the teaching, discovery, and clinical care mission of our student-centered research university and academic medical center

Professional & Community Education

Promotes the mission of Augusta University by providing high quality life-long learning opportunities to individuals in the community, state, region, and nation. . We extend the resources of Augusta University to serve a diverse population by providing a variety of educational programs to serve professionals and community members of all ages.

Study Abroad

Provides opportunities for students to travel abroad or away (domestic) on academic programs and earn credit towards their degree. We also support the work of faculty to create and manage programs giving students these opportunities in the various academic areas.

Successes

Medical Library Project Award

Research Data Management Symposium

$14,817 awarded to Kathy Davies, Steph Hendren, & Brenda Seago

Data management skills are required to execute the data life cycle steps, including creating, accessing, sharing, and re-using data. Greenblatt Library will conduct a needs assessment of university researchers and stakeholders to assess the current climate and knowledge of data management on campus. Using the assessment results, the library will partner with the University’s Vice-President for Research, Biostatistics, IT, Cancer Center, and Center for Nursing Research to host a day-long research data management symposium. National and local speakers will be invited and the format will include breakout sessions, a panel discussion, and displaying National Library of Medicine data science resources.

Health Information Outreach Award

For the Public Good: Connecting Research and Community

$10,382 awarded to Peter Shipman & Gail Kouame

This outreach project builds public awareness about the benefits of participating in clinical research. Greenblatt librarians will deliver programs at a variety of urban, suburban, and rural public libraries and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) presenting MedlinePlus as a trusted consumer health information source and ClinicalTrials.gov as a finding aid to nearby research studies. The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us precision medicine research initiative will be given as an example of a new type of research study focused on creating a repository of biomedical data primarily from populations traditionally excluded from human research studies. The information from All of Us will be shared with researchers using data science to discover new insights into population health.

Health Information Outreach Award

Augusta-Richmond Community Health Outreach Project

$1,638 awarded to Ansley Stuart, Steph Hendren, & Tracey Busbee

The Augusta-Richmond Community Health Outreach Project will provide reliable and free access health information to residents within the Richmond County. Using the public libraries as a host venue, various speakers and officials will teach participants about health issues relevant to the Augusta area, such as opioid use, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, domestic abuse, and diabetes. Over six months, there will be six presentations about the selected topics with two of the presentations being about opioid use. Invited speakers will present information about current health statistics and trends, warning signs, and ways to avoid each health topic.

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