Gwinnett Tech Names 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year

February 02, 2015

Gwinnett Tech Names 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year
Health Sciences Faculty Member Erin Baggett Honored for Innovation, Leadership

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON

Erin Baggett, a surgical technology instructor, has been named Gwinnett Technical College’s 2015 Adjunct Instructor of the Year. Baggett, a GTC alumna, has taught at the college since 2011.

Erin Baggett

Gwinnett Tech's Adjunct Instructor of the Year Award is designed to recognize adjunct instructors at the college who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

“Erin strongly reflects many of the key attributes we look for in our instructors – a passion for their field, a commitment to their students, and an enthusiasm for the art of teaching. She’s been a key member of and an asset to our Surgical Technology faculty for many years, and has made a lasting contribution to this excellent program,” said Dr. Victoria Seals, vice president of academic affairs, Gwinnett Tech.

Baggett found her “previously unrecognized” passion for teaching after receiving her bachelor’s in science and business administration and working in accounting and finance for over a decade. After switching gears to a career in medical coding, billing and transcription, Baggett realized that she yearned for a more hands-on job and enrolled in the Surgical Technology program at Gwinnett Tech.

“Not in my wildest imagination would I have ever believed that I would end up teaching in this same program,” said Baggett. “We truly function as a team and complement each other with our individual strengths.”

Steve Moyers, dean of health sciences, nominated Baggett, saying, “Erin is very intelligent and highly organized. In her no-nonsense approach to student instruction, the students quickly learn she expects their very best, but that she also cares about them deeply and desires to see them reach their maximum potential, both personally and professionally.”

“She has implemented several teaching plans and continues to lead several of the subjects in our program. She has also revolutionized our lab and has set it up to model a central processing area in a hospital,” Moyers adds.

Active in the profession, Baggett was elected as a delegate from Georgia for the Association of Surgical Technologists National Conference in 2014, making her an “outstanding example of excellence in professionalism and promotion of positive changes in the field,” says Moyers.

While teaching at GTC, she completed her master’s in Health Science from Saint Francis University. She works alongside her surgical technology students on outreach events including the Atlanta Science Festival and service projects at MedShare.

Baggett previously served on the board of directors for the Georgia State Assembly of the Association of Surgical Technologists and is currently serving as secretary.

Other adjunct faculty members nominated for this year’s award include:

  • Charles Cassady and Johnny Stallings, Automotive and Construction and Trades

  • Wendy Schuster, Business Sciences

  • Ray Burley, Computer Sciences:

  • Kim Boone, Carlton Calhoun and Karen Franklin, Education Division

  • Beth Barker, Health Imaging & Informatics

  • Stefany Carson, Health Sciences

  • Dr. Roopa Luthra, Life Sciences

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February 2, 2015