Group photo of 2024 Governor's Teaching Fellows.

GHC Professor of history Jayme Feagin selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Jayme Feagin, a Professor of History at Georgia Highlands College (GHC), was selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the May 2024 Symposium, “Artificial Intelligence in the Holistic Classroom.”  The symposium focuses on tools, strategies, and ethical practices for integrating AI into course instruction to develop students’ capacity to understand and use AI effectively and responsibly.

As one of 16 faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state, Feagin was selected in a highly competitive application and review process. Each selected fellow was endorsed by their institution’s president or provost and provided compelling evidence of instructional innovation. Fellows represent a diverse range of Georgia institutions and disciplinary fields.

Dr. Feagin has taught at GHC for 15 years. Her teaching experience includes the American, World, and Western survey courses in both traditional and alternative modalities (online, hybrid, flipped, and 8-week models). She has chaired grant-funded projects aimed at transforming survey courses using open educational resources, including the creation of video lecture series in both world and American history, and served as a liaison for the Gateways Project at GHC from 2015-2019.  Her most recent article, “Transforming History Survey Courses with OERs: The Case Study of Georgia Highlands College, 2016-2021” was published in Spring 2022. She was recently recognized at the GHC Academic Showcase for her innovative use of case studies to get students “doing history” in American and world history

Each May, Governor’s Teaching Fellows attend an intense one-week seminar on the University of Georgia campus. The symposium includes structured faculty development sessions facilitated by experts, instructional design activities, collaboration with faculty peers from other institutions, and independent study reflective of each participant’s needs and interests. Fellows receive a stipend to assist with travel expenses and meals. Lodging is provided by the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program. The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program also offers an academic year program in which fellows design or re-design a course during six multi-day seminars from September to April.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by Zell Miller, governor of Georgia, 1991-1999, to provide Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Governor 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 today.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program is an outreach program of the Louise McBee 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.  This effort to enhance instruction in public and private higher education statewide is very much in keeping with the University of Georgia’s mission as a land-grant institution committed to diversified outreach and public service.

To learn more about the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education and the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, including information on how to apply, go to