EGSC Faculty/Staff Directory

Dr. Deborah Vess

Dr. Deborah Vess

President's Office/Academic Affairs/Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Deborah L. Vess


Phone: 912-623-2451


Campus: Statesboro



Deborah Vess is a Professor of History at EGSC and also teaches art and music courses. 

Dr. Vess has previously served in other tenured faculty and administrative roles at Georgia College & State University and The City University of New York, as well as other institutions.  Dr. Vess has won numerous local, state, and national awards for her teaching and for her work in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including the Ernest Boyer International Award for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology (2007); the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Research in Undergraduate Education Award (2001) and the USG BOR Hall of Fame Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Faculty Award (2007); a Pew National Fellowship for Carnegie Scholars with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1999); two Excellence in Teaching Awards from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at the University of Texas, and an international exemplary course award from WEBCT for an online eCore history course now used in the University System of Georgia.  Dr. Vess was among the first group of university system professors to be designated by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents as Distinguished Professors of Teaching and Learning for their home institutions (1996 for DeKalb College, now Georgia Perimeter College). 

Dr. Vess has published numerous articles on teaching and learning, and book chapters and articles on medieval and modern religious debates, medieval church history, and medieval philosophy and theology.  Dr. Vess was a founding co-editor for Magistra: a Journal of Women’s Spirituality and editor emeritus on the editorial board, and previously served as Joint Editor for Vox benedictina: A journal of women’s and monastic studies, as Net Review editor for The History Computer Review, and an editor for the H-Net list  H-Catholic. She previously served as VP of Teaching for H-Net. She has given numerous scholarly presentations about professional conferences and is a tireless advocate for student success. 

BA Indiana University, Philosophy

BMUS The Pennsylvania State University, Piano Performance

MA University of Pittsburgh, Philosophy

Ph.D. The University of North Texas, European History