Dr. Sue E. Odom, Clayton State University professor in the School of Nursing, was one of the 12 individuals rigorously selected as a 2013/14 Governor’s Teaching Fellow.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by Zell Miller, governor of Georgia from 1991-1999, in an effort to innovate and improve higher education. Governor Miller sought to merge modern technologies and teaching skills, with the Fellows serving as the trail blazers to this futuristic frontier.
Participants were drawn from a diverse pool of both public and private colleges, in all forms of professions, throughout Georgia to collaborate monthly through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.
Odom was brought to the Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program by her love of teaching, which she now returns to after eight years serving in administration at Clayton State. As the Fellows have been meeting since last September, she describes a new way of teaching that the program is studying, known as the flip classroom. The flip classroom technique involves the students learning their material beforehand, and then the teacher guiding them on how to apply that knowledge. Being in the School of Nursing, Odom already had an understanding of this concept.
“Nursing is very much application,” she says. “It is all about applying the information to a patient.”
Odom shows excitement not only in utilizing this technique in her own classroom, but in sharing with her coworkers. She makes an effort to mentor her fellow faculty and wants to share her knowledge throughout the school, finding that her only restraint is time.
“There is always room for improvement, for new innovative ways to do things, particularly online,” Odom says. She just needs to find the time to do them, and then she can accomplish anything.