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 2021-2022

 

Gavin Lee, Ph.D.

Gavin Lee

Meet Dr. Gavin Lee! Lee began his journey with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. He was fascinated by the topic of crime that led to earning a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

Dr. Lee has taught criminology at UWG since 2014. Be sure to check out his class on Serial Murder- it happens to be his favorite course to teach.

We are thankful for his collaboration with the Honors College. When asked what he is most looking forward to, he replied, “ I cannot wait to begin working with small groups of students and help them develop their inquiring minds."

Christine Simmonds- Moore, Ph.D. 

Christine SImonds- Moore

Meet Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore! Dr. Simmonds-Moore got her start in Psychology at the University of Wales, Swansea. She went on to earn her Ph.D in Psychology from University of Northampton.

Her areas of interest and research include the psychology of exceptional experiences, paranormal beliefs and disbeliefs, consciousness, transpersonal experiences, sleep-related and other states of consciousness, synesthesia, and individual differences in sensitivity. 

Simmonds-Moore has been a vital part of the Psychology Department at UWG for the past 10 years. Her favorite courses to teach are the Psychology of Ghosts and Scottish second sight as part of the EC study abroad program.

Jeffrey Zamostny, Ph.D.

Zamostny

Meet Dr. Jeffery Zamostny! Dr. Zamostny earned his Ph.D in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. His research focus includes questions of gender, sexuality, celebrity, and fandom in Silver Age Spain (1898-1936). Zamostny is interested in how understudied forms such as kiosk novels, illustrated magazines, silent film, and modern dance open new windows onto the study of early twentieth-century Spanish culture.

Dr. Zamostny has taught Spanish at UWG for 9 years. He hopes that modeling his passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic literatures and cultures will help students to understand that what motivates them will require not only hard work and sacrifice, but also a drive and desire to keep moving forward when times get tough.

Dr. Zamostny says, “I was an Honors student at McDaniel College in 2003-2007, and the experience was fundamental for my career since then. For that reason, I'm particularly proud and excited to work with Honors College students at UWG!"

Laura Mcloskey Wolfe, Ph.D. 

Laura Wolfe 

 

Meet Dr. Laura Mcloskey Wolfe! Dr. Wolfe joined the University of West Georgia in Fall 2019 teaching Art History. Though she loves all of her courses, her favorite one to teach is Japanese Art.

Dr. Wolfe was an Honors student as an undergraduate in Virginia. Her positive experience making interdisciplinary connections drew her to want to be more involved in the Honors College at UWG. She is most looking forward to working with our enthusiastic Honors students, developing new courses, and exploring creative ways to enliven her teaching.  

 

 

  • Gavin Lee, Ph.D.

    Gavin Lee


    Meet Dr. Gavin Lee! Lee began his journey with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. He was fascinated by the topic of crime that led to earning a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

    Dr. Lee has taught criminology at UWG since 2014. Be sure to check out his class on Serial Murder- it happens to be his favorite course to teach.

    We are thankful for his collaboration with the Honors College. When asked what he is most looking forward to, he replied, “ I cannot wait to begin working with small groups of students and help them develop their inquiring minds."


  • Christine Simmonds- Moore, Ph.D. 

    Christine SImonds- Moore


    Meet Dr. Christine Simmonds-Moore! Dr. Simmonds-Moore got her start in Psychology at the University of Wales, Swansea. She went on to earn her Ph.D in Psychology from University of Northampton.

    Her areas of interest and research include the psychology of exceptional experiences, paranormal beliefs and disbeliefs, consciousness, transpersonal experiences, sleep-related and other states of consciousness, synesthesia, and individual differences in sensitivity. 

    Simmonds-Moore has been a vital part of the Psychology Department at UWG for the past 10 years. Her favorite courses to teach are the Psychology of Ghosts and Scottish second sight as part of the EC study abroad program.


  • Jeffrey Zamostny, Ph.D.

    Zamostny


    Meet Dr. Jeffery Zamostny! Dr. Zamostny earned his Ph.D in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. His research focus includes questions of gender, sexuality, celebrity, and fandom in Silver Age Spain (1898-1936). Zamostny is interested in how understudied forms such as kiosk novels, illustrated magazines, silent film, and modern dance open new windows onto the study of early twentieth-century Spanish culture.

    Dr. Zamostny has taught Spanish at UWG for 9 years. He hopes that modeling his passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic literatures and cultures will help students to understand that what motivates them will require not only hard work and sacrifice, but also a drive and desire to keep moving forward when times get tough.

    Dr. Zamostny says, “I was an Honors student at McDaniel College in 2003-2007, and the experience was fundamental for my career since then. For that reason, I'm particularly proud and excited to work with Honors College students at UWG!"


  • Laura Mcloskey Wolfe, Ph.D. 

    Laura Wolfe 

     


    Meet Dr. Laura Mcloskey Wolfe! Dr. Wolfe joined the University of West Georgia in Fall 2019 teaching Art History. Though she loves all of her courses, her favorite one to teach is Japanese Art.

    Dr. Wolfe was an Honors student as an undergraduate in Virginia. Her positive experience making interdisciplinary connections drew her to want to be more involved in the Honors College at UWG. She is most looking forward to working with our enthusiastic Honors students, developing new courses, and exploring creative ways to enliven her teaching.