The Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program has three basic purposes:
Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members with full-time appointments in law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in this yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming and to build a strong learning community. All fellows, with their Deans' support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law.
The fellows will kick off their fellowship year by attending an intensive ten-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development. The fellowship program will be enhanced by an electronic library on substantive topics and best practices in teaching public health law. Fellows and their mentors will be able to contribute to the library throughout the fellowship year.
The projects proposed by the fellows will enhance the teaching of public health law at their home institutions as well as serve as models for curricular innovation nationally. The projects could include one or more new courses, externships, clinical or other experiential-learning and/or service-learning opportunities, practice-based opportunities, collaborative or interdisciplinary educational experiences with students and practitioners from different disciplinary fields, development of student organizations, integrated combinations of curricular or other educational innovations, and other expansions of educational programming in public health law. Preferably, the projects should reflect a multi-faceted approach in developing new courses/curricular offerings, materials, and other educational supplements that are relevant to public health practice in the local, national, or global community. Preferably, the projects should also enlighten students about opportunities for private- or public-sector careers in the public health law field, strengthen their ability to successfully enter the public health law workforce, and otherwise have a positive impact on students. Innovations that result in long-term, sustainable curricular change that will impact law students are preferred.
In their applications, applicants will propose an initial plan for creating one or more new curricular offerings or educational programs in public health law at their home institutions. This initial proposed project will be supported by a Dean's letter of support. At the Summer Institute and during their fellowship year, fellows will collaborate with their Deans, mentors, and others to revise, refine, and implement their projects and create a vibrant and cohesive academic community of practice for public health law education.
The Summer Institute, to be held on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah, will actively engage the fellows, their mentors, and leading experts to refine and develop their projects, explore new ways to enhance their teaching, and develop core knowledge, skills, and values related to the field. Their Deans will also attend at the outset of the Institute (July 16-19, 2014). The Summer Institute will be a highly interactive program that explores principles of adult learning, teaching innovations, the future of public health law, building successful educational programs, fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships, and leading academic change in the 21st century.
Expenses for each fellow and their Dean related to attendance at the 2014 Summer Institute will be covered by the fellowship program, including travel, lodging, and meals at the Institute site. The expenses for an additional required 2-day meeting for fellows and their mentors (closing ceremony in May 2015) will also be covered.
This fellowship is designed for faculty who are passionate about teaching and have the support of their home institution for creating new courses, externships, clinics, or other curricular offerings or educational programs in the field of public health law.
Requirements for faculty fellows:
The following factors regarding the applicant will be considered in the selection process:
The following factors regarding the proposed project will be considered in the selection process:
Professor Charity Scott serves as the Faculty Lead for The Future of Public Health Law Education: Faculty Fellowship Program. Teaching health law at Georgia State University's College of Law since 1987, she is the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law with a joint faculty appointment in the Robinson College of Business. Professor Scott founded and directs the Center for Law, Health & Society.
The deadline for the completed application, including the Dean's Transmittal Letter of Support, is Friday, December 13 (3 p.m. EST). Two additional confidential Letters of Reference must be submitted by Friday, December 6 (3 p.m. EST).
We strongly encourage applicants to log in and familiarize themselves with the online submission process and requirements well before the final application deadline. Program staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the application deadline.
We will hold an optional web conference call for applicants to provide information on the fellowship program's goals, to assist applicants with the proposal process, and to offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 from 3-4:30 p.m. (EST). Registration is required.
Please direct inquiries to:
Stacie Kershner, Associate Director
Georgia State University College of Law, Center for Law, Health & Society