Lilly Teaching Fellows
Each spring semester ten tenure-track assistant professors who are recent recipients of a Ph.D. or terminal degree in their discipline or profession and who are in their first, second, or third year at the University are selected for the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program.
The goals of the CTL Lilly Teaching Fellows Program are to
- Provide opportunities for the Fellows to further develop skills associated with effective
- Provide opportunities for the Fellows to further develop their ability to appropriately
balance teaching with the research and service roles required by a research university;
- Provide the Fellows information concerning the instructional policies, resources,
and services at the University of Georgia;
- Offer a support system for the Fellows for sharing of ideas with colleagues from other
disciplines who may have similar interests and who face similar challenges;
- Develop the instructional skills of the Fellows through exposure to and interaction
with faculty mentors who are master teachers;
- Provide the Fellows an opportunity to complete an instructional project designed to
strengthen courses and teaching methods in their academic department; and
- Reinforce an instructional environment that honors and recognizes dedicated teaching scholars; values a synergistic relationship between teaching, research, and service; and promotes a learning community spirit on a large campus.
Applicants must be in their first, second, or third year (at the time of nomination) of a tenure-track position at the University of Georgia. The fellowship is designed for faculty members without significant teaching experience at the college or university level prior to joining the UGA faculty. However, this does not include experience as a graduate teaching assistant.
Up to ten faculty members are selected each spring semester to begin participation in the two-year program the following fall. A selection committee consisting of the program coordinators and three Lilly Fellows from prior years interview the finalists. Demonstrated passion for and commitment to excellence in teaching is a key factor in selection. Notifications of the committee's decision are made by the end of spring semester.
Applications for the Lilly Teaching Fellows program are currently CLOSED. An application deadline for the 2023-2025 Lilly Teaching Fellows cohort will be announced in early Spring 2023. Applications must be supported by a recommendation from the applicant’s department head or dean.
The following activities comprise the program for the first academic year of the program.
- A one-day retreat is held early in the fall semester. The co-directors of the program
and the Fellows design a series of discussion topics and a meeting schedule tailored
to the unique interests of the group.
- The Fellows carry out the plan developed at the fall retreat by meeting approximately every
three weeks with the co-directors to address the topics selected. Mentors and key
experts from the university community are generally invited to each meeting as well.
Meetings are highly interactive.
- Each Fellow selects a mentor for the year. The mentor may come from within or outside
the Fellow's department, but must be a tenured faculty member at UGA. In addition
to the fellow-mentor relationship, each Fellow interacts with the other mentors associated
with the program. Mentors participate in group activities as their schedules permit
and are invited to attend the end-of-year retreat.
- At the end of the academic year, a second retreat is held for first-year Fellows. At
this meeting, the Fellows - with their mentors - have an opportunity to reflect on
major changes they have experienced during the year and to generate ideas for future
activities that will stimulate growth and development among young faculty at the University
- During early fall of the second year, each Fellow finalizes an instructional improvement
proposal for the academic year. Up to $2,000 per Fellow is provided to implement new
ideas or otherwise enhance the development of the Fellow's career path at the University
- Fellows are invited to attend other campus-wide activities during the year. Opportunities for Fellows and mentors to meet with Fellows from prior years and their mentors are also provided.
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- Vanessa Gonlin, Sociology
- Cassandra Hall, Physics and Astronomy
- Rebecca Hallman-Martini, English
- Kalsea Koss, Human Development and Family Science
- Michelle Lofton, Public Administration and Policy
- Wunpini Mohammed, Entertainment and Media Studies
- Megan DeMarche, Plant Biology
- Jordan Pickett, Classics
- Mattia Pistone, Geology
- Nora Benedict Frye, Romance Languages
- Yan Yi Chung, Plant Biology and Plant Pathology
- Christopher Cleveland, Population Health and Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
- Ellyn Evans, Music Therapy
- Thomas Kadri, Law
- Joseph Kellner, History
- Lindsay Sain Jones, Insurance, Legal Studies, and Real Estate
- Alexander Strauss, Ecology
- Kimberly Watkins, Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics
- Sarah Whitley, Marketing
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