Spring 2022 Emory Public Scholars Institute

Hone skills and expertise in engaging in public discourse

Application Deadline: December 15, 2021

In Spring 2022, the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence and the Emory College Office of Communications will offer the Emory Public Scholars Institute, a four-session curriculum for faculty interested in engaging more deeply with various forms of traditional and new media and public audiences to heighten the profile and influence of their research and scholarship. The curriculum will be activity-oriented and participatory, with workshops focused on helping participants hone their expertise in each topic area.

All faculty are invited to apply to participate in the institute. Space is available for at least three faculty from each school who have the potential and interest to contribute meaningfully to public discourses, and who would welcome and benefit from a structured program of guidance and support.

The institute’s four sessions:

  1. Fri Jan 21, 11 am – 1:30 pm: Communicating with a General Audience:
    • Explore best practices for persuasive communication that makes messages memorable for non-specialist readers/audiences.
    • Develop/practice delivery of three-minute elevator pitch about work
  2. Fri Feb 18, 11 am – 1:30 pm: Your Online Identity and Finding Your Comfort Zone in Social Media:
    • Online and social media strategies to extend the reach of research and scholarship
    • Counteracting misinformation and managing online hostility
  3. Fri Mar 18, 11 am – 1:30 pm: Media Training (or, How to Become an “Expert”):
    • Strategies for working effectively with mainstream media outlets and with print/digital reporters
    • Mock interviews – videotaped for feedback on everything from length of answers to posture to verbal and nonverbal tics
  4. Fri Apr 22, 11 am – 1:30 pm: Workshop with Dad’s Garage Theater:
    • Using improvisational theater techniques
    • Engaging non-expert audiences with research and ideas in live settings

The first three institute sessions will be led by teams of experienced Emory faculty and skilled communications professionals, while the fourth session will be led by theater professionals from Dad’s Garage.

The first three sessions will be offered in a hybrid format – both online and in-person (box lunches will be provided for in-person participants). The fourth session will be offered in-person only. If pandemic conditions necessitate, however, we will pivot to an online only format for all four sessions.

The institute will take place one Friday per month, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.


Application deadline: December 15, 2021

For more information, contact

Allison Adams, associate director, research and scholarship, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, aadam02@emory.edu.

Beverly Cox Clark, director of communications, Emory College of Arts and Science, beverly.clark@emory.edu

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