Senior Teaching Fellows explore innovative teaching techniques

Eight UGA faculty members selected for the 2023-24 Senior Teaching Fellows cohort recently held their two-day fall retreat at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. The fellows discussed goals for the year, the impact of generative artificial intelligence on teaching and learning, and strategies for supporting and fostering innovative learning environments.

“The Senior Teaching Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for post-tenure faculty to engage in a vibrant, multidisciplinary community for dedicated teacher-scholars, said Meg Mittelstadt, the Senior Teaching Fellows program director and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. “We truly look forward to meeting each month—to connect with like-minded faculty, learn new instructional techniques, advance one another’s practice and engage in personal and professional renewal.”

The Senior Teaching Fellows program provides faculty with opportunities to share ideas with other dedicated, highly motivated and innovative teachers from other disciplines who may have similar interests and who face similar teaching challenges. During the retreat, the Fellows each shared a 10-minute “micro-teach” on a specific topic from a course they are currently teaching. The Fellows then discussed the instructional choices modeled, reviewed the content of the lesson, and learned more about one another’s teaching philosophies.

The 2023-2024 Senior Teaching Fellows and their departments are:

  • Gayle Andrews, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, Mary Frances Early College of Education
  • Maric Boudreau, Department of Management Information Science, Terry College of Business
  • Krista Capps, Ecology, Odum School of Ecology
  • Jennifer Elkins, School of Social Work
  • Bridget Garner, Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ron Pegg, Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Yoo-Kyoung Seock, Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors, College of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Erin Towery, Department of Accounting, Terry College of Business


About the program

Eight faculty members at the University of Georgia are selected each year during the spring semester to participate in this yearlong program. Participation in this program begins the following fall semester. Any faculty member with the rank of associate or full professor who has been at the University of Georgia for at least five years is eligible for nomination to the program.

Selection of the eight CTL Senior Teaching Fellows is based on the applicant’s contributions to teaching and learning, their proposed contributions to their home unit as a result of the fellowship, and the applicants’ indicated interests in learning from and contributing to a cohort of dedicated and innovative teachers from a variety of disciplines. Each participant is provided with $2,000 for an instructional project designed to strengthen courses and teaching methods in each participant’s academic department.

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