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The success of Augusta University and its students is inextricably linked to the success of our faculty. In the Office of Faculty Affairs, we are dedicated to creating an environment and culture that promotes the success of our faculty, beginning with recruitment and hiring, and continuing throughout their career.

Our focus is holistic and comprehensive, leveraging partnerships with colleges, schools, departments, and other units across campus to enhance the quality of the faculty life and promote a culture of faculty excellence. To this end, we focus on all aspects of faculty life, from the policies and processes that create the framework for the faculty experience to the programs and celebrations that support and engage faculty members with their students, their peers and colleagues, their disciplines and professions, and their institution.

Save the Date: Fall 2023 Commencement is Wednesday, Dec. 13th and Thursday, Dec. 14th 

Join us to celebrate the success of our undergraduate and graduate students. Visit the Faculty Commencement website to learn more about participating.


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Faculty Affairs

Summerville Campus

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Faculty Resources

University Resources

Leadership & Development Resources

Magna Digital Library

An on-demand resource center providing campus-wide access to a digital library of more than 400 educational development programs


Provides faculty unlimited access to the professional development program which includes topics such as administration, student success, teaching, retention, online learning and more


The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides on-demand mentoring, tools, and support needed to be successful in the academy

Momentum U

A virtual professional development space for USG faculty and staff supporting the Momentum Approach to student success

About Us

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Karen Head, Ph.D.

  • Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

(706) 446-1422

Dr. Karen Head is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and a Professor of English and World Languages, Editor of the Atlanta Review, Adjunct Professor at Georgia Tech, and a Visiting Scholar and Artist at Technische-Universität-Dortmund. She has an A.A. from DeKalb College, a B.A. from Oglethorpe University, an M.A. from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska.

Her extensive administrative background is grounded by a scholarly output that spans several disciplinary lines, often as interdisciplinary work, to include work in the fine arts, education, social science, and broad-based humanities. Her scholarship about higher education rhetoric, especially in the area of technology-based pedagogical practices, has been internationally recognized. As a non-traditional student, she continued working throughout the years she pursued her A.A. and B.A. degrees. These experiences have been foundational for her ability to work effectively with industry partners. After two years at Missouri University of Science of Technology, where she founded the Center for Creativity and Innovation, she is delighted to return to the University System of Georgia where she spent seventeen years on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Head is extremely active in community service—serving as the Chair of the Oglethorpe University Museum Board, as a member of the Georgia State University Perimeter College Advisory Board, Secretary of the Poetry Atlanta Board, and as a board member for the Ozark Actors Theater. A widely published poet, she served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Fulton County, Georgia (2020-2022). She also serves as the Waffle House Poet Laureate, a title that reflects her outreach program to use the arts to encourage students in rural high schools to consider paths toward college, a distinction that has received extensive media coverage. She is a native of Georgia, and looks forward to continuing to serve the people in her home state.

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Alison Dong, MEd

  • Faculty Affairs Coordinator

(706) 446-1428

Alison Dong is the Faculty Affairs Coordinator in the Office of Faculty Affairs.  She worked in the College of Education and Human Development before joining the Office of Faculty Affairs.  Internationally, she has worked and researched in China and Mongolia in the areas of education and development with a concentration on marginalized students.  In addition, she has taught in the Richmond and Columbia County School systems at the elementary school level.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Georgia and a Master of Education in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Brittany Hatcher, MPA

  • Faculty Affairs Specialist

(706) 446-1423

Brittany Hatcher currently serves as the Faculty Affairs Specialist for the Office of Faculty Affairs. She has worked at Augusta University for 6+ years and has worked previously in the Academic Success Center and the College of Nursing’s Office of Academic and Student Affairs. She is excited to be a part of the Faculty Affairs team using her expertise from retention, program development, and academic success. Brittany has a passion for working in the higher education sector and learning. She is a double alumna from Augusta University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree as well as a Bachelor Degree in Communication, Public Relations focused with a Spanish Minor. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys learning new languages, volunteering, and trying new foods.

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Nakia Walden

  • Administrative Assistant II


Nakia has worked at the university for over 15 years. She is known for her initiative and ability to go above and beyond. Nakia has a passion for helping others in any capacity. She has a wealth of experience in business operations, human resources and onboarding, and event management. Lastly, she is known for her compassion, resiliency, and persistence to accomplish any goal despite any challenges she faces.

News & Events

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Augusta University celebrates and honors outstanding faculty members

“Our faculty are shaping future leaders, and the impact they make on our students' lives is immeasurable," said Augusta University President Brooks A. Keel, PhD.

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Augusta University announces new associate provost for Faculty Affairs

Augusta University has announced Karen J. Head, PhD, will become the next associate provost for Faculty Affairs, assuming her post July 1.

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Augusta University faculty can utilize a number of resources for professional development

Free resources are available for Augusta University faculty looking to get ahead professionally and expand upon their working knowledge.

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Nominations open for Boundless Teaching Award through Oct. 31

To nominate a faculty member, visit the nomination website. Nominations are accepted through Oct. 31.

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