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COE faculty named Inclusive Excellence Fellow

Karin Fisher, Ph.D., associate professor of special education, was selected to the inaugural cohort of Georgia Southern University’s Inclusive Excellence Fellows in fall 2021.

Inclusive excellence is one of the five pillars of the Georgia Southern Strategic Plan. Achieving the goals of the plan requires the engagement and support of the entire Georgia Southern community and was the driving force for the creation of the Faculty and Staff Fellows for Inclusive Excellence program. The Fellows, under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and Chief Diversity Officer TaJuan Wilson, Ph.D., will lead the development and implementation of inclusive excellence initiatives.

Fisher was selected as one of four faculty fellows for the University. As a Fellow, Fisher will assist in the development of sustainable goals and strategies to increase faculty recruitment, retention and advancement as well as support and assess the impact of programs in place; take lead in conducting research on ‘best practices’ from other institutions on in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); engage in strategic data collection; and develop, facilitate and evaluate DEI related training for the University community.

Fisher joined the College of Education in 2016, and provides instruction on special education to in- and pre-service teachers at the bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist levels. Her primary line of research is on the inclusion of students with disabilities in extracurricular science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities. Fisher has served the profession in many ways. She currently is the chair of the Georgia Department of Education State Advisory Panel for Special Education, the president-elect of the Georgia Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the chair of the Early Career Faculty Special Interest Group of the Teacher Education Division of CEC.

For more information on the Inclusive Excellence Faculty and Staff Fellows at Georgia Southern, visit https://president.georgiasouthern.edu/inclusive-excellence/inclusive-excellence-faculty-and-staff-fellows/

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