The 2010-2012 Lilly Teaching Fellows recently attended a two-day retreat at Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen.
Administered by the UGA Center for Teaching and Learning, the Lilly Teaching Fellows program provides select junior faculty (tenure-track) an opportunity to enhance their pedagogy.
This year’s Fellows are (bottom row left to right): Julie Velasquez-Runk, anthropology; and Amy Parks, elementary and social studies education; (middle row left to right): Shavannor Smith, plant pathology; Kristen Navarra, poultry science; Jo Smith, small animal medicine; Michelle Turek, anatomy and radiology; Jo Walther, engineering; (top row left to right): Robert Beckstead, poultry science; Khalil Dirani, lifelong education, administration and policy; Shari Miller, social work.
The Lilly Teaching Fellows program facilitates the exchange of teaching ideas and strategies amongst Fellows and through interactions with mentors comprised of master instructors and senior faculty. Fellows also develop and implement instructional projects to improve their teaching effectiveness.
Fellows are selected based on their commitment to teaching excellence and efforts to improve the learning environment at UGA. The Lilly Teaching Fellows program is directed by Jean Martin-Williams, professor of music. Ron Walcott, associate professor of plant pathology, serves as faculty affiliate.