Tift College of Education Faculty Member Dr. Jianhua Feng Completes Governor’s Teaching Fellows Summer Symposium

Dr. Jay Feng

ATLANTA – Dr. Jianhua Feng, professor of education in Mercer University’s Tift College of Education, was chosen as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow, a highly selective fellowship program designed to develop important teaching skills through emerging technologies and instructional tools and sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Feng recently completed the program’s intensive, two-week summer symposium, which included lectures and workshops by experts on various topics and projects and presentations by the Fellows.

“I was honored to participate in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program along with the other outstanding Fellows from institutions across Georgia,” said Dr. Feng. “The program included intensive training in college teaching, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I learned so much, and I am eager to apply my new skills in the classroom. I want to thank Mercer University and Tift College of Education for the opportunity, as well as my chair, Dr. Catherine M. Gardner, for her support.”

Dr. Feng’s teaching and research interests include early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, and multicultural education.

He earned his Bachelor of Education from Huazhong Normal University in China, his Master of Science from Wheelock College in Massachusetts and his Doctor of Education from the University of Memphis.

“Dr. Feng’s commitment to continuous learning and desire to learn new pedagogical skills made him an ideal participant in this program,” said Dr. Kelly Reffitt, associate dean of Tift College of Education. “Our students and faculty will certainly benefit from his newly gained knowledge.”

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by then-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.

For more information, visit http://ihe.uga.edu/outreach/governors-teaching-fellows.

About the Tift College of Education

Mercer University’s Tift College of Education – with campuses in Macon, Atlanta and the University’s three Regional Academic Centers – prepares more professional educators than any other private institution in Georgia. The College offers baccalaureate and graduate degrees, and is guided by the conceptual framework of the “Transforming Practitioner,” which supports those who aspire to grow professionally throughout their careers, while also seeking to transform the lives of students. education.mercer.edu