Faculty Development

Academic Affairs Division

USG SoTL Fellows Program

The USG SoTL Fellows Program was created to foster and support a community of learners across the University System of Georgia (USG) as they design and develop classroom-based research projects. Each year, up to ten participants are selected to represent the four sectors of colleges and universities in the USG. Fellows conduct individual research, or collaborate with other fellows to implement cross-institutional projects.

The focus of the 2017-2018 USG SoTL Fellows cohort is the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) initiative; all projects incorporate some aspect of LEAP principles (learn about LEAP at http://www.aacu.org/leap). Examples of projects might include exploring the efficacy of High-Impact Practices, describing how varied disciplines construct Authentic Assessments, or exploring how Students’ Signature Work leads to application and synthesis of learning in meaningful and significant products.

During the length of the program, participants:

  • Identify and develop a topic of interest based on LEAP
  • Craft research questions to explore that topic
  • Determine type(s) of data needed
  • Determine appropriate methods and analysis
  • Collect data
  • Learn to analyze data, write up results and conclusions, and prepare manuscripts for publication

Throughout the course of the fellowship, participants become familiar with existing scholarly research on teaching and learning, and are encouraged to develop a long-term SoTL research agenda of their own. Equally important, participants leave with resources to use and share on their own campuses as SoTL mentors and advocates.

Participants who successfully complete the program receive a $500 stipend.

For information about the USG SoTL Fellows Program, contact Denise P. Domizi or Mary Carney, co-directors of the program.

2017-2018 USG SoTL Fellows

  • Megan Adams, Kennesaw State University
  • Lesley Clack, Armstrong State University
  • Aubrey Dyer, Clayton State University
  • Kim Johnson, Middle Georgia State University
  • Hasitha Mahabaduge, Georgia College & State University
  • Chere Peguesse, Valdosta State University
  • Joseph Watson, Georgia Southwestern State University
  • John Weber, Georgia State University
  • Seretha Williams, Augusta University

Image of 2017-2018 USG SoTL Fellows

2016-2017 USG SoTL Fellows

  • Scott Butler, Georgia College and State University
  • Trinanjan Datta, Augusta University
  • Tim Foutz, University of Georgia
  • Judy Grissett, Georgia Southwestern University
  • Jackie Kim, Armstrong State University
  • Courtenay Miller, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Laura Ng, University of North Georgia
  • Tamra Ortgies-Young, Georgia Perimeter College,
  • Julia Whisenhunt, University of West Georgia

Five USG SoTL Fellows present at the 2016 SoTL Commons conference in Savannah, Georgia.

USG SoTL Fellows receive support from:

Co-Directors:

USG SoTL Fellows Mentors:

  • Richard Fendler, Georgia State University
  • Brian Hibbs, Dalton State College
  • Mike Metzler, Georgia State University
  • Hillary Steiner, Kennesaw State University

USG SoTL Fellows Embedded Librarian:

  • Rebecca Rose, University of North Georgia