Special Collections Libraries Faculty Teaching Fellows

Program Overview

In 2015, the University of Georgia Libraries and the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) established a faculty development opportunity for individuals who teach full-time at The University of Georgia to explore archives-based learning as a high impact learning practice through intensive workshops with archivists in the University’s special collections libraries: Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.  Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows apply this learning to adapt an existing course or to develop a new course to include an archives-focused approach to the pedagogy and the course content. This program is inspired by the comprehensive work of TeachArchives.org


Archives-Based Learning

Effective archives-based learning enhances student engagement, performance, and retention across all higher education disciplines.  Students who engage with primary sources in an archives setting build observation and summarization skills, learn to work collaboratively to analyze information and solve problems, and discover the sensory and emotional impact of handling historical materials. These skills and experiences help students understand and value the interconnected processes of research and analysis that draw upon many resources, approaches, and viewpoints to generate rigorous scholarship.

Archives-based learning works best when instructors and archivists collaborate to craft archives-centered assignments and projects that align with course goals, provide clear learning objectives, offer guidance and direction, balance logistical constraints, and illuminate the intrinsic value of historical materials for research and for life. The Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows (SCL Fellows) program provides a wonderful, engaging, and exciting archives-centered faculty development experience in a convivial and collaborative environment that values experimentation, reflection, and, yes, even fun!



Program Goals


Selection of Participants 


Applicants must be full-time employees of the University of Georgia who commit to teaching their new or revamped archives-centered course within 18 months of completing the formal training of the Fellows program. The SCL Fellows program is open to all University teaching faculty, tenure-track and non-tenure track. Demonstrated passion for and commitment to excellence in teaching, and an interest in experimentation and innovation in approaches and techniques are key factors for selection. Consistent attendance and robust participation in the activities of the program are essential. Attendance at the 4-day May Institute is required. (See timetable below.)

Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows Stipend 

The SCL Fellows program provides instructional support and a $2000 stipend. The funds may be used to enhance a fellow’s knowledge about archives, archival theory and practice, or archives-based pedagogy through participation in and/or attendance at professional workshops or conferences. The funds may also be used towards research, preparation, and development of the archives-focused course including hiring a University of Georgia student to perform work to support these activities. Fellows may also use these funds to buy supplies or equipment in direct support of the course. Fellows may apply fund towards course buyout during the period in which they are developing their archives-centered course or in the same semester when they are teaching their archives-centered course. (The application of stipend funds towards buyout is subject to any and all rules that govern such arrangements in the departments of Fellows). The stipend may not be applied to a Fellow’s salary.  Fellows have 24 months from disbursement to expend stipend funds and to report how they have made use of the funds.


Application Process

The program continues annually with a call for application in mid-August, application deadline in early October, interviews with prospective participants in October and early November, and selection of cohort members in mid-November.



2019 SCL Fellows Program Description and Schedule

All events take place in the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building, University of Georgia, 300 South Hull Street, Athens, Georgia.

December Kickoff Events

The program begins in early December with a welcome dinner for new Fellows that also serves as a reunion with past Fellows cohorts. The following day, new Fellows will participate in the first workshop of the Fellows program.

Spring Semester Workshops

From January through April the formal instructional program continues with 2 workshops per month on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Specific dates outlined here:

May Institute 

Beginning Tuesday, May 14, 2019, and concluding on Friday, May 17, 2019, the formal instructional phase of the SCL Fellows Program concludes with an intensive, 4-day institute. Each day, from 8:30-3 p.m., fellows will present course and assignment plans to each other for feedback, conduct in-depth research, and meet with representatives to learn about useful campus resources.

Continuing Support and Collaboration

The Special Collections Libraries Fellows committee provides support and assistance to Fellows to manage the final development of the courses through group meetings and individual conferences. SCL Fellows provide an assessment of their experiences of the Fellows program instruction after the institute in May and again following their experience of teaching their archives-centered course.


Program Contacts

For more information about the Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows program, please contact Jill Severn at jsevern@uga.edu or 706-542-5766.

Chuck Barber
Associate Director for Public Services and Outreach
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Mazie Bowen
Public Service Coordinator
University Libraries, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries 

Anne Meyers DeVine
Outreach and Access Coordinator for Rare Books 
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Mary Miller
Peabody Awards Collection Cataloger
Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection

Jill Severn
Head of Access and Outreach
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Laura Shedenhelm
Media Archives Cataloger
Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection
Bibliographer for Latin America, Spain & Portugal
University of Georgia Libraries

P. Toby Graham
University Librarian and Associate Provost

Megan Mittelstadt
Center for Teaching and Learning


2018 Special Collections Libraries Faculty Fellows


Jonathan Burr, Jonathan.Burr@uga.edu

Department of English

ENGL 1101, English Composition I.


Brian Dotts, bdotts@uga.edu

Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Critical Studies in Education)

ETAP/QUAL 8100, Historical Inquiry in Education 


Tim Cain, tcain@uga.edu

Institute of Higher Education

EDHI 8000, History of Higher Education in the United States


Lisa Fusillo, lfusillo@uga.edu

Department of Dance

FYOS 1001, The Variety Show—From P.T. Barnum, to Vaudeville, to America's Got Talent


Jennifer George, georgejl@uga.edu

College of Family and Consumer Science, Human Development and Family Science

HDFS 5150, Families, Schools, and Communities


Elizabeth Kraft, ekraft@uga.edu

Department of English

English 4420, Early Eighteenth-Century British Literature


Carol Britton Laws, cblaws@uga.edu 

College of Family and Consumer Science, IHDD

IHDD 5000(S)/7000(S), Disability in the Archives


Julie Velasquez Runk, julievr@uga.edu


ANTH6620, Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology


John Short, jshort@uga.edu

Department of History

HIST 33XX, History of Science


Steve Soper, ssoper@uga.edu

Department of History

HIST 3775, Crime, Punishment, & Human Rights


John Weatherford, jwiv@uga.edu

Grady College, New Media Institute

NMIX 4110, New Media Production


Kirk Willis, kw@uga.edu

Department of History

HIST 4990, Senior Seminar in History: Nuclear Culture