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Two SPSU professors named Governor’s Teaching Fellows

Dr. Beth Stutzmann of the English, Technical Communication and Media Arts (ETCMA) Department and Dr. Donald Ariail of the Department of Business Administration have been selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows (GTF) and will participate in a two-week Summer Symposium Program at the University of Georgia.


As a lecturer in music and state-certified music educator, Dr. Stutzmann has created entirely new courses at SPSU including History of Contemporary American Music and Music Theory. She also teaches Music Appreciation, is the director of the SPSU Band and composed a new fight song for the university. An active member of the Research Learning Community, she recently coauthored a paper on “Effective Multidisciplinary Active Learning Techniques for Freshmen Polytechnic Students.” She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2011 and earned the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2011.


Dr. Ariail is an associate professor and coordinator of the accounting programs. He was the lead author for two papers that won him the 2010 Distinguished Research Award from the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies and has coauthored two murder-mystery teaching novels used in accounting. Dr. Ariail was also one of the advisors to the SPSU student team that recently won the state-wide University System of Georgia Social Business and Microcredit Competition.


Established in 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller, the GTF program is designed to help faculty members at accredited public or private colleges or universities in Georgia address the statewide need to improve undergraduate instruction. The symposiums are designed to help the fellows implement projects that will enhance the quality of undergraduate education on their home campuses.


Prof. Cheryl Shinall of the ETCMA faculty participated in the Summer Symposium last year.