GGC faculty member gets teaching award

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Candace Timpte, an associate professor of biology at Georgia Gwinnett College, is one of four University System of Georgia faculty members recently honored with the Board of Regents' Teaching Excellence and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award.

Timpte is the first GGC faculty member to receive the award, which recognizes outstanding teaching by individual faculty members or a single academic program or department, according to a news release. The award honors exemplary teaching that significantly improves student success, as well as research demonstrating innovative teaching techniques that enhance student learning.

Each year, recipients are selected from nominations submitted by USG institution presidents. Award winners receive $5,000 and a certificate of achievement.

"I am thrilled to represent Georgia Gwinnett and the science disciplines through this award," Timpte said. "There are so many great teachers here at GGC, and I still have much to learn about teaching. I think this award provides those of us in higher education with outstanding recognition and motivation to continue doing our best for our students."

Timpte earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. from Duke University, both in biochemistry. She has taught a variety of courses, including introductory biology from majors and non-majors, genetics, biochemistry and interdisciplinary applications of biology. She has previously been honored with a GGC Teaching Excellence Award.

According to her colleagues, her dedication to students guides everything she does, from working with beginning students in her First Year Seminar to seniors in a biology capstone course. She uses case studies and other teaching techniques to actively engage students in the learning process, and she developed cell phone "flash cards" to reach today's technology-savvy students.

"Dr. Timpte is one of the most active, vibrant, engaged and dedicated members of the GGC faculty," said Tom Mundie, dean of the college's School of Science and Technology. "I have watched with admiration as she has begun to establish her reputation as one of our most gifted and valuable faculty members."

Minh "Andy" Mai said Timpte describes how important it is to relate biology to political, economic, social and technological aspects of society, a key focus of one of her courses.

"I honestly never thought about how biology would interact with these four aspects, but Dr. Timpte has definitely opened my eyes to the 'bigger picture' of my discipline," said Mai, who will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in biology.

Mai said Timpte's devotion to her students has also made a personal difference.

"Georgia Gwinnett is like my second family, and Dr. Timpte is like my academic mother," Mai said. "She treats me as if I am one of her own, and she has helped nourish my mind while I have been here at GGC."