Math educator selected as 2016-17 Governor’s Teaching Fellow
Associate Professor of Mathematics Belinda Edwards one of 13 named across Georgia
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 4, 2016) — Belinda Edwards, an associate professor of mathematics at Kennesaw State University, has been selected as a 2016-17 Governor’s Teaching Fellow. As one of 13 faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state, Edwards was named after a highly competitive application and selection process.
Edwards’ work in mathematics teacher education and research is supported by the National Science Foundation. As a co-principal investigator of the Robert Noyce Increasing Mathematics for ALL Students Fellowship Grant ($900,000), her research examines pre-service teacher identity/dispositions towards becoming culturally and linguistically responsive mathematics teachers for high-need school districts to determine the impact their preparation has on retention and mathematics teaching.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Miller envisioned that this program would address faculty members’ pressing need to use emerging technologies and instructional tools that are becoming increasingly important for learning in today’s society.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program is an outreach program of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. To improve the quality of instruction in Georgia’s colleges and universities, the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program assumes the complex challenge of moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice.
To date, more than 89 subject areas, professions and teaching areas have been represented, and Fellows have come from more than 61 public and private institutions statewide. To learn more about the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, including information on how to apply, go to http://ihe.uga.edu/outreach/governors-teaching-fellows.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.