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Meet the President

Interim President of Georgia Southwestern State University

Charles Patterson is serving as the interim president of Georgia Southwestern State University. He came to GSW from Georgia Southern University in January 2015 following the retirement of GSW's 10th president, Kendall Blanchard.

At Georgia Southern, Patterson served as vice president for research and economic development and dean of the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies. He also served as chair of the Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation.

Patterson served as vice president of research and economic development since 2011. He was appointed dean of graduate studies in 2009 and chair of the research foundation in 2011. Prior to these appointments, he served as associate vice president for research from 2008-2010 and executive director of the Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation from 2008-2011.

Prior to joining Georgia Southern, Patterson served in many capacities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His roles included instructor in the Honors College, assistant director of the office of sponsored programs and research project manager in the office of the vice provost for research.

Patterson received a bachelor of science in biochemistry from Mississippi State University in Starkville and a doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Involved in state and community affairs, Patterson’s engagement includes: founding member and president-elect of the Georgia Council of Graduate Schools; vice chair of the Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce; founding investor in the World Trade Center, Savannah; and executive committee member of the Downtown Statesboro Revitalization Committee.


Interim President Charles Patterson

Interim President
Charles E. Patterson
Administration Building
Phone: (229) 931-1360




Meet the VPAA

The Vice President for Academic Affairs


I am pleased to welcome you to the finest learning community in the University System of Georgia. I and all of your colleagues at Georgia Southwestern State University are pleased that you have chosen to practice the art and craft of teaching here at GSW.

At Georgia Southwestern, students are our primary concern. However I and my office can help you in ensuring that students are learning optimally, please do not hesitate to contact my office so that we can do all we can to make your affiliation with the university one that is mutually beneficial. You are joining with other dedicated professionals who care deeply about their students and who are devoted to their chosen areas of study. Education is transformative, and I can think of no higher calling than to work with students as they go about enhancing and transforming their lives for the better.

I appreciate your dedication to this service of helping our students. If I can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Wishes,


Brian U. Adler

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty

Brian_U_AdlerBrian U. Adler, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Georgia Southwestern State University
Phone: (229) 928-1361



Getting Started


The purpose of this website is to provide you with quick reference to information you need as a new part-time faculty at Georgia Southwestern State University.

  1. Part-time faculty are under the direct supervision of the Chair of the Department or the Dean of the School/College in which they are hired.
  2. The Chair/Dean is responsible for providing to each part-time faculty member an appropriate orientation to university policies and procedures
  3. Part-time faculty should receive an annual evaluation as part of the annual faculty evaluation process
  4. Part-time faculty must provide students with a mean of contacting them and with hours during which they will be available for contact in person, by phone, or by email


The following forms can be found at Human Resources Forms and should be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs Office before the beginning date of employment. Your first paycheck will be released pending receipt of all requested documentation.

  1. Security Questionnaire and Oath as required by the State of Georgia
  2. Faculty Information Data Form

Additional documentation that should be submitted to the Academic Affairs Office include:

  1. Updated curriculum vita or resume which includes employment at GSW
  2. Official transcripts requested and mailed directly from college or university from which you have received a degree. The mailing address is:
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Georgia Southwestern State University 800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive Americus, Georgia 31709

Note: Your first paycheck will be released pending receipt of all requested documentation

To Contact the Office of Academic Affairs:

Cheri Paradise,
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Phone: (229) 928-1361




College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Kelly McCoy, Dean
Academic Center for Excellence
(ARC Bldg.) Room 101
Phone: (229) 931-2322

School of Business Administration
Dr. Elizabeth Wilson, Dean
Business, History, Pol. Science, Room 213
Phone: (229) 931-2020
Fax: (229) 931-2092

School of Computing and Mathematics
Dr. Boris Peltsverger, Dean
Crawford Wheatley Hall, Room 101
Phone: (229) 931-2100

School of Education
Dr. Rachel Abbott
Education Center 125
Phone: (229) 931-2168

School of Nursing
Dr. Sandra Daniel, Dean
Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Center, Room 148
Phone: (229) 931-2280
Fax: (229) 931-2288

Academic Affairs Office
Cheri Paradise, Administrative Assistant
Administration Building
phone: (229) 928-1361
Fax: (229) 931-5079

Checklist-Beginning Semester

Please ask the Chair of your Department or the Dean of the School if you have any questions about any of these topics.


Course Syllabus
Office Hours and/or Contact Information
Textbook Order
Final Examination dates
What to do if you must be absent
Requirements for online courses


Office Supplies


Appeal Process
Support for Students
Support for Instructor
Classroom Discipline
Student Grievances


Grade Books/Class Recordkeeping
Roster Verification
Grade Submitting


Role of Department/School Administrative Staff
When to Contact Department Chair or School Dean
When to Contact Department/School Administrative Assistant


Student Handbook
Academic Dishonesty
Students with Disability
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Student Records

Checklist-End of Semester

Please ask the Chair of your Department or the Dean of the School if you have any questions about any of these topics.


Submit grade on Banner Web before deadline
Turn in copies of your grades to the Department/School Administrative Assistant
Retain copies of grades
Process any paperwork for incomplete grades
Requirements for online courses

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Adler became Georgia Southwestern’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty on June 1, 2008.  He is the Chief Academic Officer for the university, and is therefore responsible for the oversight of all academic programs and policies of the university, as well as for strategic allocations of resources to ensure that GSW is achieving its mission in the best and most efficient manner possible.  All academic and staff deans report to him, as do the Directors of Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research, along with the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Before coming to GSW, Adler served as Dean of the Graduate School at Valdosta State University (2004-08), Director of the University Honors Program (1994-2004), Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Programs (1999-2004), and interim chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies department (2004).  Previous to this, Adler served as chair of the English department at Marian University (1992-94).  Adler earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Carolina in 1978, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Georgia in 1984 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Tennessee in 1988. 

Brian U. Adler
(229) 928-1361

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Helen Tate joined Georgia Southwestern State University in 2012 as the new associate vice president for Academic Affairs. With a wealth of experience in leadership and communication,

Dr. Tate is poised to make a tremendous impact on the intellectual growth of students at Southwestern. “I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to the challenges and rewards of supporting the academic programs of the University,” she said.

Dr. Tate earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in speech communication from Idaho State University, and she earned a Ph.D. in the same field from the Indiana University. She was most recently division head of Arts and Communication Studies at Columbia College in South Carolina.

While serving as an administrator for much of her career, Dr. Tate’s roots are deep as a teacher, and her students have recognized her ability to lead them. During her career she has received five different teaching awards and has been nominated for numerous others.

Helen Main
Helen Tate
(229) 928-1361


The Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for developing policies and procedures which govern the instructional programs and academic life of the University. The mission of the Office of Academic Affairs is to encourage and facilitate academic excellence. The Vice President for Academic Affairs supervises academic personnel and oversees the fiscal affairs of GSW’s College of Arts and Sciences, various Schools, and other academic units.

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