Dr. Clinton Terry Selected for Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program


MACON – Dr. Clinton Terry, associate professor of history in Mercer University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies, has been selected as a Governor's Teaching Fellow, a highly selective program sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia.

This prestigious program is designed to encourage higher education faculty to develop important teaching skills through emerging technologies and instructional tools. Faculty at public and private schools alike can participate. One faculty member per university can be nominated for the program's academic year fellowship, and one per university for its two-week summer symposium. Participation is limited to 12 faculty members for each.

Dr. Terry will participate in the academic year fellowship.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as one of 12 Governor's Teaching Fellows for the upcoming academic year. It is also gratifying to have the strong support of those who promoted my candidacy: my dean, the provost and the president,” said Dr. Terry. “I am looking forward to working with the other Fellows on instructional and faculty development projects at the symposia in Athens and with my colleagues at Mercer.”

After earning his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Cincinnati in 2002, Dr. Terry joined the faculty of the Tift College of Education later that year. He then became one of the founding faculty members of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies when it was established in 2003. He currently teaches history and liberal studies courses in the College's Department of Liberal Studies.

Dr. Terry is primarily a historian of 19th-century America, focusing on the social history of business and economic development. He is currently working on a book on Cincinnati and the Civil War and how the disruption of long-standing economic patterns threatened the vitality of the nation's most important Western city and, at the same time, provided new economic opportunities.

The Governor's Teaching Fellows began in 1995 under the leadership of then-Gov. Zell Miller. Criteria for selection into the program include excellence in teaching, interest in continuing to improve instruction, ability to have an impact on campus and the strong commitments of the home institution to the faculty member's participation.

About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies, which will become Penfield College of Mercer University on July 1, 2014, is committed to serving non-traditional students and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to working adult learners seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary programs that integrate theory and practice. The College offers general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer. Another initiative called the Bridge program is a transition program for students enrolled in Mercer's English Language Institute and other international students who desire to transition to undergraduate programs throughout the University. Areas of study include organizational leadership, counseling, school counseling, human services, human resources, informatics, public safety leadership, nursing preparation, liberal studies, psychology and communication. Programs are offered on Mercer's campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as multiple regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County, Newnan and Eastman. To learn more, visit ccps.mercer.edu.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​