Associate CAO Candidate Profile
Teresa Winterhalter Ph.D.
Dr. Teresa Winterhalter hails from Belmont, New York, and earned her undergraduate and (first) Master’s degree from the State University of New York. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, where she focused primarily on 19th- and 20th-century British Literature. She is currently a Professor of English and the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University’s (GSU’s) Savannah Campus. Prior to the Savannah Campus’s consolidation with GSU in 2018, she served as the Dean and Associate Dean for the (then) College of Liberal Arts for five years at what was Armstrong State University. Her previous service as the Director for Armstrong’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development, as well as her role as the Founding Director of the university’s M.A. in Professional Communication and Leadership prepared her well for her leadership of the college, where she oversaw numerous initiatives to increase retention, improve program assessment, and expand community outreach. She was also the Founding Director of the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, distinguishing herself for creating one of the three programs in the Georgia system that secured Board of Regents’ approval to offer a bachelor’s degree in this discipline.
Building on her early success directing interdisciplinary programs, she was also instrumental in helping her college develop and sustain minors in African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies.
In her current role as Associate Dean at GSU, she directs nearly all of the interdisciplinary programs. In addition to her dedication to serving students through her work in the classroom and as an administrator, she is an active scholar. She has published several articles on modernist poetry, the representation of Victorian women in film, Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami, and the intertextual relationship between James Joyce and Ian McEwan. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships: the first at UNC Chapel Hill, and the second at Trinity College, Dublin. She has traveled widely and led several study-abroad trips; most recently, she was awarded an AASC&U fellowship to travel to Tokyo and Kyoto as an ambassador for universities in the U.S. looking to include studies of Japanese culture in their curriculums. This year, she was awarded a major grant from the Teagle Foundation to develop a track in the university’s General Education requirements that augments units on narrative competency and ethical decision making for students entering the School of Nursing. Throughout her more than 25 years in higher education she has remained committed to her core belief that education is the key to social reform, economic justice, and a better future for us all.