What is the Honors College Faculty Fellows Program?


Four faculty are selected each year through a brief application process to be designated as Honors College Faculty Fellows. They have teaching responsibilities in the Honors College for the year as well as teaching in their home department to complete a 3-3 load. They are also committed to involvement in some of the extra-curricular activities in the Honors College.
Extra-curricular activities might include presenting a Faculty Talk about your research, eating lunches with students, attending the graduation luncheon, etc. The Honors College welcomes programming suggestions and ideas for improving the community for Honors College students.
Departments are compensated for the faculty member’s time, faculty are given the opportunity to work almost exclusively with the brightest students on campus, and faculty are compensated with professional development funding for the one-hour overload they teach.

 Responsibilities

Faculty Fellows have the following teaching responsibilities in the Honors College for a year as well as teaching in their home department to complete a 3-3 load.

  • Fall Semester

    Fall Semester: 

    XIDS 2002 What do you know about the Honors College (a first year seminar topically driven with topic selection by the faculty member)                                                                                    2-hour course
    HONR X102 Honors Colloquium (either 2102, 3102, or 4102)                                                                                                                                                                                       1-hour course
    (These three hours would be in-load for the faculty member and the faculty member’s department would receive $3,000 in order to replace the seats lost due to the faculty member teaching honors- only smaller courses.)

  • Spring Semester

    Spring Semester

    Regular Honors Course in the faculty member’s field                                                                                                                                                                                                  3-hour course
    HONR X102 Honors Colloquium (either 2102, 3102, or 4102)                                                                                                                                                                                       1-hour course
    (Faculty member would teach three hours in-load with department receiving $3,000 and one hour of overload, so faculty member would receive $1,000 professional development funds)

 

It is possible to change the balance of hours across the two semesters, perhaps teaching the one-hour overload in the fall, etc. That would remain to be worked out between the faculty member, chair of the department, and the Honors College.
 
Extra-curricular activities might include presenting a Fireside Chat about your research, eating lunches with students, attending the graduation luncheon, etc. The Honors College welcomes programming suggestions and ideas for improving the community for Honors College students.
 
Interested faculty should consult with the chair of their department to determine feasibility before submitting an application. Applications can be submitted through InfoReady at the following link: https://westga.infoready4.com/#
 
The deadline for applications is December 6, 2019 with notifications being made in early January in time for scheduling fall 2020 classes.
 
If you have any concerns or questions about the process or requirements, please contact Janet Donohoe at jdonohoe@westga.edu. If you have technical difficulties with the application process, please contact Stacey Rowland at srowland@westga.edu.

 

Faculty Fellows 2019-2020

 

Lynn Anderson, Ph.D.

Lynn Anderson, Faculty Fellows

Meet Dr. Lynn Anderson! Anderson began her journey with an undergraduate degree in Humanities focusing on French and German language. She was drawn to a deeper understanding of the French language that lead to her earning a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University. She was curious about how French literature conveys enduring messages on what it really means to be human.

Anderson has been part of the UWG family since 2008. “I enjoy UWG’s collaborative and enthusiastic learning environment,” says Anderson. Be sure to check out her class on Sexuality and Gender in World Cinema- it happens to be her favorite course to teach.

We are thankful for her collaboration with the Honors College. When asked what drew her to the Honors College, she replied, “The opportunity to teach and contribute to extracurricular activities in ways that foster transformative change for honors students.”

Janet Genz, Ph.D. 

Janet Genz, Faculty Fellows

Meet Dr. Janet Genz! Genz got her start in Aquatic Physiology at the University of Miami. She always knew she wanted to be a professor, so making the decision to purse her Doctoral degree in Marine Biology & Fisheries was a no-brainer.

Genz has been a vital part of the College of Science & Mathematics at UWG for the past six years. As a true scientist, she is continuously modifying and developing her courses based on the latest research. She finds those courses most beneficial and enjoyable for both herself and her students.

“I love teaching students who have interest in making connections between different topics and diving deeply into what they’re studying, and Honors Students fit that description.”

Lisa Crafton, Ph.D.

Lisa Crafton, Faculty Fellows

Meet Dr. Lisa Crafton! Did you know Dr. Crafton got her start at then West Georgia College? This English Major always knew she wanted to have a career in teaching others, especially teaching her passion for British Romantic Literature. 

Crafton has been a staple for the University of West Georgia for over 30 years! Her longevity with the University is a key factor in her ability to build relationships with her students that lasts far beyond graduation day.

Dr. Crafton says, “No matter what kind of day I’m having, walking into an Honors class lifts me every time.” She finds so much joy in interacting with young, inquisitive, intellectually curious minds.

Walter Riker, Ph.D.

walter riker

Meet Dr. Walter Riker! Riker began as his journey to Associate Professor of Philosophy here at UWG as an Anthropology major from California State University. He always enjoyed academic life as an undergraduate, never learning for the sake of gaining a job, but for the sake of coming to understand the world better. His curiosity lead to a career in Ethics.

Riker joined the team at UWG in 2008. What he loves most about UWG is the feeling of nostalgia for his own undergraduate school- the opportunity to learn and grow a diverse group of students and faculty members. 

What drew Dr. Riker to a partnership with the Honors College was the opportunity to give back. He enjoys working with “students who want to be challenged, who have dynamic and engaged minds, and who might help construct and flourish in an atmosphere of constructive or productive dissensus.”

 

  • Lynn Anderson, Ph.D.

    Lynn Anderson, Faculty Fellows


    Meet Dr. Lynn Anderson! Anderson began her journey with an undergraduate degree in Humanities focusing on French and German language. She was drawn to a deeper understanding of the French language that lead to her earning a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University. She was curious about how French literature conveys enduring messages on what it really means to be human.

    Anderson has been part of the UWG family since 2008. “I enjoy UWG’s collaborative and enthusiastic learning environment,” says Anderson. Be sure to check out her class on Sexuality and Gender in World Cinema- it happens to be her favorite course to teach.

    We are thankful for her collaboration with the Honors College. When asked what drew her to the Honors College, she replied, “The opportunity to teach and contribute to extracurricular activities in ways that foster transformative change for honors students.”


  • Janet Genz, Ph.D. 

    Janet Genz, Faculty Fellows


    Meet Dr. Janet Genz! Genz got her start in Aquatic Physiology at the University of Miami. She always knew she wanted to be a professor, so making the decision to purse her Doctoral degree in Marine Biology & Fisheries was a no-brainer.

    Genz has been a vital part of the College of Science & Mathematics at UWG for the past six years. As a true scientist, she is continuously modifying and developing her courses based on the latest research. She finds those courses most beneficial and enjoyable for both herself and her students.

    “I love teaching students who have interest in making connections between different topics and diving deeply into what they’re studying, and Honors Students fit that description.”


  • Lisa Crafton, Ph.D.

    Lisa Crafton, Faculty Fellows


    Meet Dr. Lisa Crafton! Did you know Dr. Crafton got her start at then West Georgia College? This English Major always knew she wanted to have a career in teaching others, especially teaching her passion for British Romantic Literature. 

    Crafton has been a staple for the University of West Georgia for over 30 years! Her longevity with the University is a key factor in her ability to build relationships with her students that lasts far beyond graduation day.

    Dr. Crafton says, “No matter what kind of day I’m having, walking into an Honors class lifts me every time.” She finds so much joy in interacting with young, inquisitive, intellectually curious minds.


  • Walter Riker, Ph.D.

    walter riker


    Meet Dr. Walter Riker! Riker began as his journey to Associate Professor of Philosophy here at UWG as an Anthropology major from California State University. He always enjoyed academic life as an undergraduate, never learning for the sake of gaining a job, but for the sake of coming to understand the world better. His curiosity lead to a career in Ethics.

    Riker joined the team at UWG in 2008. What he loves most about UWG is the feeling of nostalgia for his own undergraduate school- the opportunity to learn and grow a diverse group of students and faculty members. 

    What drew Dr. Riker to a partnership with the Honors College was the opportunity to give back. He enjoys working with “students who want to be challenged, who have dynamic and engaged minds, and who might help construct and flourish in an atmosphere of constructive or productive dissensus.”