Two Armstrong Professors Selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows


(June 4, 2014) — Two faculty members at Armstrong Atlantic State University -- associate professor of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science Dr. Becky da Cruz and assistant professor of Psychology Dr. Mirari Elcoro -- were recently selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellows for the 2014 Summer Symposium Program. As two of 14 faculty members from institutions of higher education across the state, da Cruz and Elcoro were selected after a highly competitive application and selection process.

da Cruz serves as the program coordinator for Armstrong’s M.S. in Criminal Justice program and a the university’s moot court coordinator. She joined Armstrong in 2003 after serving as an associate attorney for O’Loughlin & Gudorf law firm in Dayton, Ohio; a night court hearing officer for the City of Dayton Prosecutor’s Office; and a senior legal researcher for Lexis-Nexis. Her research interests include prosecutorial discretion, sentencing law and court processes.

da Cruz earned a Ph.D. in Human Service with a specialization in Criminal Justice from Capella University, a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Wright State University. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Southern Criminal Justice Association, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, National Social Science Association, Law & Society Association, Academy of Political Science, Criminal Justice Association of Georgia and Georgia Political Science Association.

Elcoro joined Armstrong in 2008 and teaches Learning and Behavior, Introduction to Learning, Physiological Psychology and Topics in Neuroscience. She also serves as the coordinator of an interdisciplinary minor in Neuroscience at Armstrong. Elcoro has presented papers at a number of conferences within the field of Behavior Analysis and has published research in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Brazilian Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and Behavioural Processes.

She has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Psychology, with a specialization in Behavior Analysis, from West Virginia University and a Licensure in Psychology from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program is an outreach program of the 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 helps move college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice. To date, more than 75 different disciplines, professions and teaching areas have been represented, and Fellows have come from more than 45 public and private institutions statewide.

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by Georgia Governor Zell Miller to provide the state’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Governor 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.

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