Faculty Scholarship Academy


The PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy (FSA) 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 14-month program includes seven modules and an end of program symposium. Application requirements include the following:

Preferred Qualifications of Applicants

  • Applications are open to public service faculty based in PSO units (at any rank), with approval from unit head.
  • Applicants are expected to apply as a participant pair. Each participant pair will collaborate on a given scholarship topic and will work together as scholarship and accountability partners.
  • Participant pairs may form between two PSO Unit faculty as well as between PSO Unit faculty and PSO faculty in a college or school.
  • Participant pairs may also form among two PSO faculty who have recently completed their dissertations.
  • The cohort will consist of up to 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 Faculty 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 FSA 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.

Program Overview:

  • Orientation Workshop: Describes aspects of the PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy program, including application steps and an introduction to scholarship and how it relates to PSO. The workshop was held virtually on November 18, 2021. Please click here to view a recording of the workshop.
  • Application: The application for the PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy Orientation Workshop is available here. Applications cannot be fully submitted until the applicant has attended or viewed the Orientation Workshop.
    Applications are due December 6, 2021
  • Acceptance notifications will be sent out on December 17, 2021.


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

Introductory Video
Orientation Workshop (Zoom)November 18, 2021 (workshop registration)
Application DueDecember 6, 2021
Acceptance NotificationDecember 17, 2021


Module 1February 1, 2022

February 2, 2022
Scholarship foundation & framework; Determining research questions
Inter-module work
Module 2March 1, 2022

March 2, 2022
Study Design & Methods
Inter-module work
Module 3April 5, 2022

April 6, 2022
Data Collection & Analysis
Inter-module work
Module 4May 17, 2022

May 18, 2022
Support with Data Analysis
SUMMER 2022Participants complete data analysis
Inter-module work
Module 5August 30, 2022

August 31, 2022
Writing the Article
Inter-module work
Module 6September 29, 2022

September 30, 2022
Two-Day Writing Retreat
Inter-module work
Module 7November 8, 2022

November 9, 2022
Finalizing the Article & Preparing to Publish
Deliverable DueJanuary 2023Manuscript Submitted to Professional
Closing SessionFebruary 2023Scholarship Academy Concludes with End of Program Symposium and Celebration


Additional Information:

  • Most modules are to be delivered in-person.
  • 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 planning team (listed below).
PSO Faculty Scholarship Academy Implementation Team
Paul BrooksOffice of VP for Public Service and Outreachpjbrooks@uga.edu
Karen DeMeesterCarl Vinson Institute of Governmentkarend@uga.edu
Kristi FarnerUGA Extensionkfarner@uga.edu
Bryan FluechMarine Extension and Georgia Sea Grantfluech@uga.edu
Patrick FulbrightSmall Business Development Centerpfulbright@georgiasbdc.org
Angel JacksonArchway Partnershiparh1016@uga.edu
Stacy JonesGeorgia Center for Continuing Educationstacy.jones@uga.edu
Dan LasseterCarl Vinson Institute of Governmentdanl@uga.edu
Paul MatthewsOffice of Service-Learningpmatthew@uga.edu
Becky NesbitSchool of Public and International Affairsnesbit7@uga.edu
Maritza Soto KeenJ.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Developmentsoto@uga.edu
Brandy WalkerJ.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Developmentbrandy.walker@fanning.uga.edu