LAWRENCEVILLE -- More than 130 faculty members have been hired for Georgia Gwinnett College's fall semester.
The faculty is currently undergoing an orientation program to familiarize themselves with the young institution before the arrival of more than 5,000 students on the first day of classes, according to a news release.
Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman said with the dramatic increase in enrollment and academic subjects being taught at the college, the number of academic disciplines had to expand.
"Last fall, we had 3,000 students on campus," Kaufman said. "This fall, we will surpass our goal of 5,000 students. We are delighted with the talent and diversity of the new faculty who have joined us to meet our teaching and mentoring requirements."
The new faculty members fill 75 full-time and more than 50 part-time positions and will bring the college's total academic staff to more than 300, the news release states. The educators represent business, education, liberal arts, science, technology and student success disciplines.
GGC received 4,977 applications for the full-time faculty positions. Stas Preczewski, vice president for academic and student affairs, noted the applicants came from across the nation.
"We were fortunate to have interest from many states and academic institutions," he said. "This, to me, is a great testimony to the reputation GGC is gaining throughout he nation."
Rebecca Flynn came to GGC from the University of South Dakota.
"One of the aspects that attracted me to GGC was the fact that I would be part of a like-minded community working to build the college from the ground up," said Flynn, who will teach contemporary literature. "Much progress has already been made in that regard, and I can tell everyone who works here is enthusiastic about the evolution taking place. I am delighted to be here and can't wait to contribute to the process."