Posting Date: July 9, 2012
Assistant Professor Jane Barnette named Governor’s Teaching Fellow
Barnette participated in 2012 Summer Symposium Program
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Jane Barnette, third from left, with the 2012 Summer Symposium Governor's Teaching Fellows
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University’s Jane Barnette, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies and resident dramaturg, was recently named a Governor’s Teaching Fellow (GTF) for the 2012 Summer Symposium program. Barnette, along with 11 other fellows from across the state, attended a two-week symposium on the University of Georgia campus. The symposium included a combination of structured faculty development activities and independent study on the part of each participant.
The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program was established in 1995 by then Governor Zell Miller and it provides Georgia’s higher education faculty with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills. Jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Georgia, the program’s aim is to improve the quality of instruction in Georgia’s colleges and universities by moving college faculty members to the leading edge of instructional practice.
Barnette spent her time in the program attending workshops, as well as modeling her teaching for other participants in micro-lessons of 20 minutes. Topics of study included engagement in the classroom, classroom technology and “flipping” the classroom. She says that her participation as a teaching fellow will continue to impact her work as a professor at KSU in several important ways. “I have already found several opportunities in my summer courses to incorporate strategies learned while at GTF,” Barnette explains. “Several of the techniques we studied have directly transferred into my teaching approach.”
Barnette was also able to form a lasting fellowship with the other participants in the program. “The collaboration forged with this group was so inspirational that I’ve already begun a new creative project in cooperation with one of the fellows I met at GTF,” Barnette says. She calls their camaraderie a “network of partnerships” that has already begun to yield exciting opportunities.
Although Barnette’s participation in the summer symposium is now finished, her relationship with the GTF program will continue. “The organizers of the program have asked me about possibly returning as a facilitator of future fellowship workshops,” Barnette explains, and she will likely serve as a guest speaker in future program years. Barnette says she was “thrilled to receive the nomination and honor” of participating in the fellowship program, and she is excited to continue to work with GTF in the future.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than student population of 24,100 from 130 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.