Volume 5, Issue 9 - February 22, 2021

2021-22 Faculty Promotions
The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the awarding of tenure and/or promotion to ten faculty members. These faculty members are recognized for their hard work and commitment to providing Coastal Georgia students with academic instruction of the highest quality.

The following faculty members have been promoted to professor:
  • Rob Bleil
  • Claire Hughes
  • Kimberly Mannahan
The following faculty members have been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure:
  • Robert Clark
  • Holly Nance
  • Traesha Robertson
  • Renren Zhao
The following faculty member has been awarded tenure:
  • Wanda DeLeo
  • Lee McKinley
The following faculty member has been promoted to senior lecturer:
  • Cynthia Atwood

"Congratulations to the faculty who have worked so hard to reach these important milestones in their careers. We are truly fortunate to have such incredibly talented, passionate, and dedicated faculty at the College," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Johnny Evans.

Faculty & Student Scholarship
Dr. Neda Moinolmolki, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Kayla Broughton, a former CCGA Psychology graduate, had their article, The Perspective of Elderly Residents on an Intergenerational Service-Learning Project, published in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (volume 20, issue 2). This study explored the effects of a brief, mutually constructed, intergenerational service-learning program on active older adults (i.e., those who reside independently within the community) of a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized residential apartment community in an underserved rural region of the U.S.

Dr. Anelise Farris, Assistant Professor of English, had her book review of Fake Geek Girls: Fandom, Gender, and the Convergence Culture Industry published in the most recent issue of the Science Fiction Research Association Review: vol. 51, no. 1.

Dr. David Mulry, Professor of English, recently had an article published in "A New Conrad Letter, 1923." in The Conradian 45.2 (Autumn 2020). The Conradian is the journal of the UK Joseph Conrad Society and one of Conrad's premier publications in the world. The article shares the discovery and publication of a previously unknown and relatively rare example of surviving correspondence between Conrad and Samuel Everitt, an executive of the U.S. publisher, Doubleday, Page, and Co. in the 1920s. It was brought forward as a piece of the estate of Samuel Everitt by his Grand-Niece, a Ms. Susan Kanas, an artist living in France. The newly-discovered letter is one of those thrilling things, a new find that fills in the record of the life and work of a celebrated writer. This particular letter is the missing piece in correspondence surrounding an anthology publication of "The Shorter Tales of Joseph Conrad,” and in it, we learn how and why Conrad changed the title from the one proposed by the publisher. We discover a discussion about the selection of texts that were to be published in it. It will presumably go on to be included in subsequent editions of The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad, a multi-volume project documenting Conrad's correspondence from Cambridge University Press.

The following articles by School of Business and Public Management faculty affiliated with The Reg Murphy Center for Economic and Policy Studies have appeared in The Brunswick News in the last month:

Tony Wege, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, published an article in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence entitled, Couterintelligence Vetting Techniques Compared across Multiple Domains.

Dr. Mary McGinnis, Assistant Professor of English, presented "'But I Hate Group Work': Service-Learning and Online Course Engagement" on Friday, February 12, at the Georgia Organization of Student Success & USG Spring Co-Requisite Academy Virtual Conference. This presentation focused on data gathered from an IRB-approved survey given to her Fall 2020 online service-learning courses.

Dr. Roscoe Scarborough, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented a paper at the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Reunion. The virtual reunion was hosted by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. The title of his talk was “Overcoming the Nonperson Treatment in the Virtual Classroom: Challenges and Solutions.”

Dr. Jennifer Gray, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center, was the 2021 Georgia Organization for Student Success (GOSS) Award recipient for Outstanding Service to Developmental Education Students.

Dr. Jessica Melilli-Hand, Assistant Professor of English, announced recently that the 2020 issue of Seaswells, Coastal Georgia’s student journal of literature and art, was one of five magazines in the nation selected by the American Scholastic Press Association for First Place in their annual contest.

Dr. Claire Hughes, Associate Professor of Elementary Education and Special Education, co-authored (Murawski, W.W.) recently, Special educators in inclusive settings: Take STEPS for self-advocacy. Teaching Exceptional Children. 53(3), 184-193.

New Mental Health Initiative

The University System of Georgia (USG) has launched a comprehensive plan to significantly expand student mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is being funded by an allocation of the Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund and will allow every student to have access to mental health support whenever and wherever they need it.

At Coastal Georgia, students will be able to access the USG program through the launch of CONNECT@CoastalGeorgia powered by Christie Campus Health. We recognize that the needs of Mariner students vary significantly, and support needs to be broad in scope and tailored to meet the pressures impacting each individual. Through CONNECT@CoastalGeorgia, and in partnership with our on-campus Counseling Center, students will have access to:

  • A 24/7/365 mental health support line for in-the-moment support and linkages to next steps, regardless the time of day or location
  • No cost Telehealth and in-person treatment sessions provided by a diverse network of licensed mental health clinicians
  • Virtual Psychiatric Clinics to offer assessment and medication management
  • Personal Student Navigators to assist with referral coordination and support
  • A Self-directed iCBT program designed exclusively for students
  • “The Wellness Hub,” which includes an App and an online wellness magazine with educational content, self-help tools and resource links

Upcoming Events
February 23 @ 12:00 p.m. – February Book Club Discussion: This I Believe
February 24
@ 4:00 p.m. – Faculty Senate
February 26 @ 5:00 p.m. - Midterm Grades due (Full Session)
Call for Contributions
If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: March 22, 2021

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