USG SoTL Fellows Program
New or emerging UGA SoTL scholars are encouraged to apply for the USG SoTL Fellows Program in Fall semester of every academic year.
This system-wide fellows program will foster a community of learners around the scholarship of teaching and learning and provide support while participants design and implement a classroom-based research project. Research projects that are currently in progress are not eligible. This institute is ideally suited for scholars who are familiar with but not extensively experienced in SoTL research.
During the length of the program, participants will:
- Craft research questions to explore their topic of interest
- Determine type(s) of data needed
- Determine appropriate methods and analysis
- Collect data
- Learn how to analyze data, write up results and conclusions, and prepare manuscripts for publication
Throughout the course of the fellowship, participants will also become familiar with existing scholarly research on teaching and learning and will be encouraged to develop a long-term SoTL research agenda of their own. Equally important, participants will come away with resources that they can use and share on their own campuses as SoTL mentors and advocates.
Fellows must be able attend the USG SoTL Fellows Orientation in Athens, Georgia, which will run concurrently with the USG Teaching & Learning Conference typically held in April.
Monthly online meetings will be held on during summer, fall, and spring semesters. Fellows must have a commitment from their department chairs that they will be able to attend these meetings. Applicants who are not able to meet at these times should not apply.
Fellows will receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the program, as well as complimentary registration to the USG Teaching & Learning Conference. Fellows should confirm with their Department Chair or Chief Academic Officer that they will provide travel funds as needed.
The USG system allows UGA to nominate one faculty member of any rank), we are inviting those interested in applying to the Fellows program to submit their applications to Colleen Kuusinen, Assistant Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Internal applications will be double-blind reviewed and scored by a panel of SoTL scholars. The selected internal applicant must then apply to the USG system for consideration for the program.
UGA Application materials and Selection process
Applications include 1) a CV with identifying information removed for blind review, and 2) answers to the following questions:
- Why are you interested in becoming a USG SoTL Fellow?
- Describe your previous SoTL experience (i.e. SoTL training, previous projects, etc.).
- List any SoTL work you have published or presented at conferences.
- Describe your idea for your SoTL project. Include as much information as you can to help us understand your project idea. Include your research question and any ideas you have about data collection.
University System of Georgia (USG) selection process
Up to ten slots will be filled as follows based on the number of colleges and universities per sector and the makeup of the applicants:
1 from the Research University Sector (e.g., UGA)
1 from the Comprehensive University Sector
3-4 from the State University Sector
3-4 from the State College Sector
1 participant at large
Selected participants are typically notified by the USG system in December.
USG SoTL fellows at uga
Read about past UGA faculty who have participated in the program here.