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English Professor Tarshia Stanley Selected for Georgia Higher Ed Fellowship

November 2015

Tarshia Stanley 2015Tarshia Stanley, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of English, was recently selected as a 2015-2016 Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

As one of 12 faculty members from institutions of higher education across Georgia, Dr. Stanley was chosen following a highly competitive application and selection process.

"The Governor's Teaching Fellows program is important because it breaks down barriers between public and private, two-year and four-year institutions, to get us to the heart of the work of higher education -- helping to create a multi-literate, digitally competent, globally aware and compassionate citizenry," said Stanley.

blue-quote-leftOur next generation will have to renovate our educational, economic, and political systems to meet the needs of the 21st century. They pretty much will have to save the planet. Being a part of GTF, is an additional means by which we prepare out students for that

The Fellows Program is an outreach initiative of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. To improve the quality of instruction in Georgia's colleges and universities, the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program assumes the complex challenge of moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice.

This effort to enhance instruction in public and private higher education statewide is very much in keeping with the University of Georgia's traditional mission as a land-grant institution committed to diversified outreach and public service.

As a fellow, Dr. Stanley will attend several symposia held over the course of the academic year at IHE.

"For three days each month, I will get a chance to connect with faculty across the state in an environment solely dedicated to raising our level of expectation and expertise as teachers,” said Dr. Stanley.

"I am excited to bring all that I will learn and experience back to my department and campus. Our students are the ultimate beneficiaries, just as Governor Miller envisioned.”

To date, more than 75 different disciplines, professions and teaching areas have been represented in the program. Fellows have come from more than 45 public and private institutions statewide.

Zell Miller, governor of Georgia from 1991-1999, established the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program in 1995 to provide the state’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Governor Miller envisioned the program would address faculty members’ pressing need to use emerging technologies and instructional tools, which have become increasingly important in today’s classroom.

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