Two Mercer Professors Named Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Governor's Teaching Fellows 2018

ATLANTA – Two Mercer University faculty members were recently selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows, a highly selective 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. Renee Hayslett
Dr. Renee Hayslett

Dr. Renee Hayslett, associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Laura Morrow, associate professor of leadership studies in Penfield College, will both participate in the 2018-2019 academic year fellowship consisting of six three-day symposia.

Dr. Hayslett’s research focuses on the pharmacology and behavioral effects of drugs in central nervous system disorders. She is particularly interested in studying receptor systems and signal transduction pathways involved in mediating mood related behaviors and cognition.

She has published articles in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Brain Research Bulletin and Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, among other academic journals.

Dr. Hayslett is a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Society for Neuroscience. She also serves as co-director of the College of Pharmacy’s vivarium.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Spelman College and her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Howard University.

“I am honored to be selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow. I am eager to participate and implement what I learn in order to foster student learning and retention in the College of Pharmacy,” said Dr. Hayslett. “I’m looking forward to working with colleagues from across the state to share ideas and learn pedagogical approaches that will enhance the learning experiences of our future graduates as well as the instructional practices of faculty.”

Dr. Laura Morrow
Dr. Laura Morrow

Dr. Morrow’s research interests include stress, organizational citizenship behaviors, work-family balance and accountability. She serves as coordinator of Penfield College’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program.

She has published articles and book reviews in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, Journal of Biblical Integration in Business and Social Networks, in addition to two book chapters.

She is a member of Academy of Management, Southern Management Association and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Lipscomb University and her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi.

“It is an honor to represent Mercer through my participation in the Governor’s Teaching Fellows program,” said Dr. Morrow. “This program will provide unique opportunities for connecting with other faculty in our state to explore both innovative practices and challenges of learning in higher education. I look forward to bringing my experiences back to the University, Penfield College and my students.”

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.

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