Toby Emert Selected as Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Toby Emert, an associate professor of education at Agnes Scott College, has been selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

“Professor Emert is a natural multiplier; a teacher scholar who continually finds ways not only to develop his gifts but to share them with others, whether he is working with the Fugees, developing a program for secondary school teachers or running a National Writing Project program,” said Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott. “He is a creative and visionary teacher who draws on his background in English, creative writing and theater to develop transformative learning experiences for his students.”

The Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education and the Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Georgia. Governor’s Teaching Fellows may participate in academic year symposia, an intensive summer symposium or an academic-year residency at The University of Georgia. Past symposia have addressed numerous topics in using technology in the classroom and other pedagogical innovations. Emert was selected for the year-long residency.

Emert designed and oversees Agnes Scott’s summer literacy program for the Fugees, a group of students—age 8 to 19—whose families are refugees from more than 25 countries, including Sudan, Liberia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cuba, Bosnia and Iraq.

His academic interests include English education, 21st-century literacies and arts-based pedagogies. His current research projects focus on multicultural perspectives on educational theory and practice, especially on issues of oppression and lack of access to exemplary schooling. He teaches courses on integrating the arts in education, technology as an instructional medium, writing instruction and children’s and young adult literature.

Emert earned his B.A. in English from Longwood College, his M.Ed. in educational administration from The College of William and Mary, his M.A. in English (with an emphasis on creative writing) from University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis on English Education) from the University of Virginia.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.