The Russell Library Faculty Fellows Project serves as a pilot study created to support collaborative projects between faculty and librarians/archivists that intentionally integrate library resources into academic courses that are (re)designed to provide students with numerous opportunities to engage with scholarship and research-based, hands on learning in order to develop those critical thinking skills that are crucial to evaluate, synthesize and construct their own insights. Examples of such might include: (for Special Collections): documentary editing of letters or manuscripts in Special Collections; 20th century women's history (Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Kirkwood Scott, Julia Flisch, etc); creation of new knowledge - documenting the history and culture of Hardwick, GA (could be a documentary history); (for Instruction & Research Services): Revision of a current course in consultation with a research librarian by incorporating new and engaging assignments beyond a typical research paper. These assignments might include but are not limited to creative projects, online portfolios, grant proposals, debates etc. The librarian would also be embedded in the course as a resource for students and the faculty member; creation of a new course with a strong information literacy component.
The Fellow will collaborate with a librarian/archivist to scaffold research assignments in order for students to understand scholarship as a conversation and utilize the librarian/archivist to purchase related materials for the new course and/or provide primary source materials for the course. This could also include having a librarian/archivist meet with students during various sessions throughout the semester and/or be incorporated into their D2L courses.
The Russell Library Faculty Fellows Pilot Project offers two options:
a) Information Literacy sponsored by the Library’s Instruction & Research Services Department
b) Archives-based Learning sponsored by Special Collections. (click on Collections to view our holdings)
Participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to support development and implementation of the Information Literacy or Archives-based Learning course project.
The Faculty Fellows program is open to all Georgia College & State University teaching faculty - tenure track and non-tenure track. Applicants must be full-time employees of Georgia College & State University and must be teaching during Fall 2016.
Deadline for applications is May 20, 2016.
Each fellow will be responsible for all aspects of planning, budgeting and delivering the completed project. Completion of the agreed upon project is a pre-condition of the fellows award
Fellows will meet regularly with the sponsoring Library department to inform the design and delivery of the individual project.
For new course proposals, fellows will be required to submit the new course for approval using the existing new course approval process in their respective college.
The redesigned or newly created syllabus will be entered into the the next academic year's teaching calendar.
Each fellow shares the commitment to collaborate with the librarian/archivist partner to assess the course’s information-literacy/archives based learning outcomes(s) and willingness to share the data from the assessment of the learning outcomes with the librarian/archivist partner.
Fellows are expected to share their experience at a professional conference or in a professional publication. Further, fellows are expected to make a presentation to the campus through an appropriate venue. (Award of the stipend is not contingent upon conference/paper acceptance during the same year.)
Fellows will serve as part of the selection process for the next round of Faculty Fellows.
Please collect the following information to successfully complete the on-line application (click on the link above):
Project statement of no more than 1500 words which includes: