To be selected as a fellow for the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program, a candidate must send a letter of interest and intent, as well as a letter of recommendation from the university president. A committee of UNG's former Governor's Teaching Fellows chose two faculty candidates who would go on to have their applications reviewed by the current Governor's Teaching Fellows committee.
Mary Carney, director of the university's Center for Teaching, Learning and Leadership, said Graff's selection for the program is a reflection of her passion for teaching and her professional accomplishments.
"Jenn Graff is a talented ceramics artist whose work has been shown from California to Casablanca. Her scholarship has appeared in "Ceramics Monthly," and she is an active scholar-craftsperson in the vibrant arts community in Georgia," Carney said. "She fosters engaging classroom experiences, including the development of content-rich, hybrid art appreciation courses."
Graff is an assistant professor of art on UNG's Gainesville Campus.
"I am certain that the selection committee has a tough task of choosing from a long list of distinguished professionals," Graff said. "I am humbled and honored to be a part of the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program for the 2013-14 academic year."
Established in 1995 by then-Gov. Zell Miller, the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program seeks to provide Georgia's higher education faculty members with expanded opportunities for developing important teaching skills through the use of technology and various other means meant to challenge both faculty and students.
According to the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education's website, a candidate's selection is based upon "the basis of their teaching experience, their interest in continuing instructional and professional development, their ability to make a positive impact on their own campus, and a strong commitment by their home institution."
Graff said the Governor's Teaching Fellows Program will enhance her teaching, interpersonal, and leadership skills through the use of cutting-edge technology and other techniques that she hopes to learn through the experience.
"My hope is to contribute to a collective discourse that creates a path to progress in the field of education in Georgia," Graff said. "I expect to learn a great deal, and I am sure that this experience will rejuvenate and inspire my teaching, scholarship and service with the University of North Georgia. More importantly, I hope to share my experiences with the UNG community so that we can all benefit from what the Governor's Teaching Fellowship Program has to offer."
Graff received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1995 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a Master of Fine Arts in 2002 from the Lamar Dodd School of Arts at the University of Georgia. She has taught at many educational institutions, and worked with the community through various foundations, projects, and donations. Graff has also had her art work displayed across the United States and Morocco.