PSO Fellowship Program

Program Description

The Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Fellowship Program provides departmental support for tenure-track and tenured professors to immerse themselves in the work of a PSO unit for one semester. The experience offers opportunities for Fellows to enhance their academic courses, conduct research (e.g., applied, community-based, policy, program evaluation) and apply their academic expertise to outreach initiatives. An anticipated outcome of the Fellowship experience is the sustained involvement with Public Service and Outreach after the semester ends.

Eligibility

Permanent, full-time, tenure-track and tenured faculty members who have an interest in immersing themselves in the work of one of UGA’s PSO units are eligible to apply. A list of PSO units can be found here.

Guidelines

To be considered for selection as a PSO Fellow, an eligible faculty member works with the director of a PSO unit to develop and submit a proposal to the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach by Friday, March 23, 2018.

The proposal consists of the following four items:

  • Application form cover sheet (enclosed)
  • Letter of support from the PSO director (please limit to two pages). This letter should (1) confirm support for the faculty member’s application and proposed project and (2) describe how the unit would benefit from the applicant’s participation in the program.
  • Letter of support from the faculty member’s department chair or dean (please limit to two pages). This letter should (1) confirm support for the faculty member’s application and proposed project; (2) describe how the department/unit would benefit from the applicant’s participation in the program; and (3) detail any departmental/unit contributions to the proposed project.
  • Current abbreviated curriculum vitae (please limit to five pages)
  • Project proposal (please limit to three pages). This should describe the following: (a) reason and desire to work with a specific PSO unit; (b) anticipated benefits that would enhance the faculty member’s academic work such as potential for scholarship, grant proposal, redesign of course curricula, or implementing innovative teaching techniques; and (c) anticipated long-term impact that the experience will have on the proposer’s sustained involvement with PSO.

 

Budget/Funding

The Vice President for PSO provides $15,000 to a Fellow’s home department, which may be spent as the department head deems appropriate.

Fellowship Expectations

A PSO Fellow and her/his hosting PSO unit director meet with the vice president at the beginning and end of the fellowship semester. In addition, a PSO Fellow provides a written report about her/his experience at the end of the fellowship semester, including recommendations for potential sustained involvement with PSO after the semester ends.

Questions

Contact Paul Brooks, Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, at pjbrooks@uga.edu or (706) 542-6167.