February 4, 2012

DSC professor charged with child molestation

Jamie Jones and Mark Millican
Dalton Daily Citizen

— A tenured Dalton State College professor has been charged with a child sex crime by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office and is currently on leave from teaching.

Monte Gale Salyer, 58, of 3010 Marran Drive in Rocky Face, was arrested Jan. 27 on one count of child molestation, according to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. He is an associate professor of English and English as a Second Language. He is currently out on a $15,000 bond.

A phone number for Salyer could not be found.

Captain Rick Swiney said “it’s still a very active investigation” and the sheriff’s office will release its findings next week “when the investigation is closer to being completed.”

DSC President John Schwenn said in a statement Salyer was placed on leave “in accordance with Board of Regents policy of the University System of Georgia.” His classes are being covered by DSC faculty members, Schwenn said.

“As this is an ongoing personnel matter, the college will have no additional comment,” Schwenn said.

Pam Partain of the college’s public relations office said the faculty in Salyer’s “area” have been notified of his arrest and his students were told he is on leave. She said Salyer, who will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, is not presently allowed to be on the DSC campus.

Local authorities alerted the college about the arrest.

“Our Department of Public Safety was notified by law enforcement at the time he was arrested,” Partain wrote in an email. “Our director of Public Safety notified the administration.”

Salyer has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in English from Andrews University in Michigan, according to his DSC faculty webpage. He has a doctorate in English and applied linguistics from Michigan State University.

He was hired in 1998 and makes $45,577 in yearly salary, Partain said.

Salyer has been an active part of the college community. He was among several DSC professors who collaborated on a book that highlights the realities and challenges faced by Latinos who have immigrated to Dalton. “Voices from the Nueva Frontera: Latino Immigration in Dalton, Georgia” is a combination historical impact study and oral history focusing on both the challenges and successes of Latino immigrants living in the Northwest Georgia mill town and surrounding environs.

He is also the director of the two-week Steps to College summer program at Dalton State College. The program is tailored to each grade level to assist students with preparing for or studying to retake high stakes tests such as End of Course Tests or graduation tests, or even the Compass test required of all students entering DSC unless their SAT score is high enough for an exemption.

The following are some anonymous comments from the “Rate My Professor” website (www.ratemyprofessors.com) regarding Salyer:

• “Dr. Salyer is a very entertaining (teacher). He sometimes tells stories of his personal life, which are pretty funny. His grading of essays are fair. The ... book is almost never used. His quizzes are pretty tricky but he lets (us) join in groups. Test are pretty straightforward and you can retake any of them online. Overall he’s OK.”

• “Never used the book. Every class we would listen to him talk with a powerpoint and then take a 10 question quiz with everybody in our row. You can retake any quizzes and tests online up to two times. You don’t even have to go unless you’re writing an essay. It’s super easy and I totally recommend him. He is pretty funny.”

• “Has a dry sense of humor but it makes everyone laugh! He has a story for everything from his personal life. The quizzes are straight from the powerpoint and the tests are straight from the quizzes. Papers are all written in class and he grades them easy. Overall easy and enjoyable class.”

• “Professor Salyer is the best English professor I have ever taken. All classes were given on powerpoint. Easy way to learn subject matter, and keep class fun. If you have a problem ask him, and he will help.

• “Fairly easy class. He had a great sense of humor and I really like the way he talks. Great teacher and willing to work with students.”