AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - Paul Dahlgren, associate professor of English at Georgia Southwestern State University, has been accepted into the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program at the University of Georgia.
Established in 1995 by former governor Zell Miller, the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program provides higher education faculty in Georgia with opportunities to develop teaching skills and learn about emerging technology and instructional tools.
Dahlgren applied and was accepted to the Academic Year Symposia Program of the Fellowship, which consists of six 3-day symposia held over the course of the academic year along with instructional improvement projects on the Fellows' home campuses.
Dahlgren joined the faculty at GSW in 2010 after spending more than ten years in California where he received his B.A. in English at Pomona College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Irvine.
Following an application process which included a discussion of the applicant's teaching philosophy, Fellows were selected based on teaching experience, interests in instructional and professional development and ability to make a positive impact on their own campuses.
Dahlgren hopes that he will be able to use his experiences in the program to benefit both the students and faculty at Georgia Southwestern.
"The focus of the program is teaching, so the people who should benefit most will be my future students," said Dahlgren, who is also the director for the master's program in English/Critical Literacy at Georgia Southwestern. "I think the M.A. students and my writing students will likely benefit the most given the topics covered in the program, which include instructional technology, assessment, the scholarship of teaching and learning and related things. I am hoping to use GSW's Teaching Circles Program to help circulate some of the ideas that are developed at the program, so the faculty at GSW will benefit at well."
The Teaching Fellows Program is offered through the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. The symposia for the academic year will begin in the fall.