Faculty Scholarship Academy


The PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy will provide knowledge, skills, time and support to focus on scholarly work. The Academy will assist faculty interested in disseminating their knowledge and learnings through policy papers, national conference presentations, and peer reviewed posters and articles. This program includes four virtual modules over six months for a total of 100 hours of synchronous and asynchronous engagement.

Preferred Qualifications of Applicants

  • Applications are open to public service faculty (at any rank) employed by one of the eight units that report to the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.
  • Applicants are expected to apply as a participant pair. Each participant pair will collaborate on a given scholarship topic and will work together on scholarship and as accountability partners.
  • Participant pairs may also form among two faculty who have recently completed their dissertations. In this case, the participant pair will serve as accountability partners to turn their individual dissertation research into scholarly publications and presentations.
  • The inaugural cohort will consist of eight participant pairs of faculty (sixteen faculty total).
  • Applicants should have some experience in research methodology either through a graduate program or through professional projects and/or scholarship.
  • Applicants who are going up for promotion in the near future, especially those going up for Senior Public Service Associate are encouraged to apply.  

Scholarly Deliverables/Products:

The deliverables for participants in the PSO Scholarship Academy include a completed manuscript with a plan for submission in an academic peer-reviewed journal, and one other scholarly product or activity (policy paper, conference presentation, poster presentation, ignite talks, etc.) that can come from the same body of research.

The Academy is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and support structures, including coaches, mentors, and dedicated time, to successfully achieve the goals of the academy and complete the deliverables.

Application Process:

The application can be viewed and completed by clicking here: PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy Application

Applications cannot be fully submitted until the applicant has viewed the introductory video and attended the Pre-Application Workshop (or viewed the Zoom recording of the workshop).


Expectations of the academy include active engagement and participation in all aspects of the program, which include synchronous virtual modules, inter-modular work with a mentor and a peer group, and working as a participant pair.

Introductory VideoLaunch - September 1, 2020
Pre-Application Workshop (Zoom)September 24, 2020 (workshop Zoom recording)
Application DueOctober 8, 2020
Acceptance NotificationOctober 22, 2020


Module 1 (20 hours)November 30, 2020

December 9, 2020

December 10, 2020
Scholarship Overview, Foundation and Framework
Inter-module (7 hours)
Module 2 (15 hours)February 1, 2021

February 5, 2021
Methodology and Data Collection
Inter-module (7 hours)
Module 3 (28 hours)March 22, 2021

March 24, 2021

March 29, 2021
The Writing Process
Inter-module (7 hours)7 hours
Module 4 (16 hours)May 17, 2021

May 21, 2021
Preparing to Publish, Presentations and Graduation


Additional Information:

  • Each module includes synchronous and asynchronous work
  • All modules will take place virtually
  • Inter-modular work will be expected between each module including a virtual meeting with a mentor and a peer group
  • If you have questions about the process or applying, please contact someone from the facilitation team (listed below).
PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy Implementation Team
Jim AffolterState Botanical Garden of
Paul BrooksOffice of VP for Public Service and
Karen DeMeesterCarl Vinson Institute of
Kristi FarnerUGA
Bryan FluechMarine Extension and Georgia Sea
Angel JacksonArchway
Paul MatthewsOffice of
Becky NesbitSchool of Public and International
Maritza Soto KeenJ.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership
Brandy WalkerJ.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership