MGA’s Dr. Scott Hinze Chosen As Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Author: Sheron Smith
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 12:00 AM
Categories: Pressroom | Faculty/Staff | School of Education and Behavioral Sciences | Honors/Awards

Athens, GA


ATHENS – Middle Georgia State University faculty member Dr. Scott Hinze has been chosen to be a 2024 Governor’s Teaching Fellow. An associate professor of psychology. Hinze was among the faculty chosen for the highly competitive program from institutions across the state.

Established in 1995 by Zell Miller, then governor of Georgia, the Governor's Teaching Fellows program is designed to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.  Miller envisioned that this program would address faculty members' pressing need to use emerging technologies and instructional tools that are becoming increasingly important for learning in today's society.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows program is an outreach of the Louise McBee Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. To improve the quality of instruction in Georgia's colleges and universities, the Governor's Teaching Fellows program assumes the complex challenge of moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice. This effort to enhance instruction in public and private higher education statewide is very much in keeping with the University of Georgia's traditional mission as a land-grant institution committed to diversified outreach and public service.

More than 80 different disciplines, professions, and teaching areas have been represented by over 600 fellows from more than 70 public and private institutions statewide. 

Hinze is a cognitive psychologist with interests in memory and comprehension. His research focuses on how we apply principles of memory and comprehension to learning complex information.

He received his master’s degree and Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the MGA faculty in 2018, he worked as a post-doctoral scholar at Northwestern University and as an assistant professor of psychology at Virginia Wesleyan University. He was MGA’s 2024 nominee for the Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning award.