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Professor Steven Lewis Named Director of CTL Lilly Teaching Fellows Program

March 29, 2017

Professer Lewis succeeds current director Jean Martin-Williams, professor of music and associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.

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Professor Steven Lewis

Steven Lewis, a faculty member in Physics and Astronomy, has been named the incoming director of the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program in the University of Georgia’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Current director Jean Martin-Williams, professor of music and associate dean of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is stepping down after 11 years of outstanding leadership at the end of the spring semester. Each spring semester 10 tenure-track assistant professors in their first three years at UGA are selected as CTL Lilly Teaching Fellows for a two-year program of professional development, interaction, and engagement, particularly as pertains to best practices in teaching. Over the last 33 years, alumni of this elite program have become award-winning master teachers and world-class scholars, occupying positions of leadership across academia.

Lewis is a Lilly Fellows alumnus from the 1999-2001 cohort and brings extensive experience in teaching innovation and mentorship to his new role. He received a Sandy Beaver Teaching Excellence Award in 2006 from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and he was co-recipient of the inaugural 2014 Creative Teaching Award for his work in developing a studio-based introductory physics sequence for engineering students using the SCALE-UP pedagogy. Now in his eleventh year as associate head of his department, Lewis has mentored both formally and informally numerous junior faculty in best teaching practices.

"Dr. Lewis has shared his time and expertise with numerous Lilly Fellows over the years and has often been instrumental to the program since his own cohort experiences,” said Eddie Watson, CTL Director. “He has served as a mentor, participated in retreats, and has helped with previous Lilly Fellow selection processes. His ongoing committee to the Lilly’s, coupled with his exceptional teaching expertise and research successes, make him the ideal candidate to lead the institution’s cornerstone junior faculty development program." Lewis is also principal investigator for the need-based scholarship program Developing Excellence in Engineering and Physics (DEEP), funded by the National Science Foundation for five years.

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