Governor's Teaching Fellowship Award

Governor's Teaching Fellows


The Governor's Teaching Fellows Program was established by Governor Zell Miller, 1991-199, in 1995 to provide Georgia's higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills.  He envisioned this program would address faculty member's need to use emerging technologies and instructional tools that are important for learning in today's society.

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.

Fellowship Options

Academic Year Symposia Program

The program involves total immersion in techniques for improving teaching, student engagement, and assessment as well as the completion of a pedagogical project.  Participants attend three-day symposia held six times over the academic year, while also engaging in instructional improvement projects on their home campuses.

Participants receive a stipend for each day of full participation to assist with expenses. Lodging is provided by the Governor’s Teaching Fellows (GTF) Program.  In addition to the professional growth GTF fosters, fellows experience an environment that facilitates dynamic, constructive exchanges of ideas, leaving them rejuvenated and with a renewed sense of purpose.  Any full-time, regular Augusta University faculty member* may apply. 


Application deadline:  TBA

Applicants should submit an application packet electronically during the application period to apply. The following documents are required:

  • A letter of intent that includes description of a pedagogical project you would like to work on if accepted into the program (document should be titled, “Letter of Intent in WORD format ONLY)
  • Current curriculum vitae (WORD format ONLY)
  • One-to two-page teaching philosophy (document should be titled, “Teaching Philosophy Statement” in WORD format ONLY)
  • Letter of support from department chair and dean (pdf format is acceptable)

A committee composed of former GTF fellows will review applications.  The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence will work with nominees to complete the application procedure.  Colleagues who participate in the GTF program will be expected to share information about their project and their experience as a Fellow with the campus community at a faculty development event.

Governor's Teaching Fellows Alumni Directory

Use the directory to find past participants of the program from your discipline or institution.

Program Dates:  TBA

* Full-time, regular faculty member” is defined as full-time, tenure-track faculty or the equivalent permanent position. Given the increasing proliferation of universities’ position designations other than ‘tenure-track,” it is possible to compete for nomination with a designation other than full-time, tenure-track, but additional application materials, including but perhaps not limited to a strong support letter or letters from the university’s upper-level administrator(s), will be required. If you are interested in applying and carry a position designation other than full-time, tenure-track,” contact the Director.

Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program Participants
2017 Participants

Thomas Artelt, Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work
Priscilla Hartley, College of Nursing, Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing
Lisa Sanders, Medical College of Georgia, Department of Emergency Medicine

2016 Participants

Niki Christodoulou, College of Education, Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation
Seth Jelinek, Medical College of Georgia/UGA Partnership