AUGUSTA, GA – Dr. Judy Carter, former Dean of the College of Education at Fort Valley State University, has been named Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Georgia Regents University.
An educator with more than 35 years of leadership and classroom experience, Carter has also held teaching and leadership positions at Paine College, USC-Aiken, Benedict College (Columbia, S.C.), Dillard University (New Orleans, La.) and Livingstone College (Salisbury, N.C.).
But she has high praise for the way the GRU College of Education treats its students.
“We go out of our way, here, to coach people through the program,” Carter said. “That is an unusual thing to do at a large university.”
She cited a faculty member recently trying to change the time of a class so that it wouldn’t cause conflict with another class for students in the program: “At most large schools, when they make the schedule they don’t change it if there’s a conflict . But this professor was working so hard trying to make it right for the students in her major. I work with an amazing group of educators here at GRU and look forward to coming to work every day,” Carter said.
With that in mind, Carter looks forward to increasing enrollment and encouraging more African-American students to join the College of Education. She hopes her presence, her experience at historically black colleges and universities and the department’s overall commitment to its students will all encourage minority enrollment. She also hopes to discourage prospective students from enrolling in institutions that provide inferior instruction. As a certified assessor of teacher effectiveness in Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana, Carter knows what to look for.
“I hate to see people going to some of these for-profit schools that promise good jobs in education, but after graduating, the students are unable to get certified to teach. They spent all that money for nothing,” she said.
Carter is the author of a number of publications and conference presentations. She recently led Paine College to NCATE/ PSC reaccreditation; she implemented programs to raise the certification test scores of pre-service teachers at Benedict College; and she directed Fort Valley State University in its work to regain regional and national accreditation – and was so successful that the college was cited an exemplary. Carter intends to build on that success at GRU, helping to implement the goals set by the faculty for this academic year.
“Students don’t need to find another school or program that they’ve heard is easier. Easy is not always the best. I encourage students and parents to visit us and ask questions about our programs. I want us to be students’ first choice because we are one of the best,” she said.
She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Woman of the Year Award from the National Sports Foundation of New Orleans; the Achiever 1996 Award from Women Business Owners Association of New Orleans; the President’s Trailblazer Award from Fort Valley State University and the Teacher of the Year Award at Paine College.
Carter received her bachelor’s from Paine College, her master’s degrees from Augusta College (now GRU), and her doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina. She did further study at Bryn Mawr College and Harvard University.
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