Dooley Distinguished Teaching Fellows

Vincent J. Dooley bust sculpted by artist Ross Rossin.

Dooley Distinguished Teaching Fellows are national leaders in the field of history as both writers and educators whose research has enhanced or changed the way the public understands the past. In addition to their outstanding scholarship, Dooley Distinguished Teaching Fellows have served the Georgia Historical Society as faculty in teacher training seminars, as lecturers, as consultants, or in a similar capacity, advancing the mission of the institution. Being designated as a Dooley Distinguished Fellow recognizes and formalizes the relationship forged through this service.


Senior scholars: Senior, established scholars of history with national reputations who hold a Ph.D. and an academic position of Associate Professor or above at an accredited academic university or college. In some cases, properly credentialed independent scholars may be Teaching Fellows as well.

Publication track record: Scholars with refereed publications in academic journals or book-length studies published by academic or commercial presses.

Teachers: Scholars whose teaching merits have been recognized by universities or colleges.

Service to GHS: Nationally recognized scholars who have furthered the mission of the Georgia Historical Society in one or more of the following ways: Scholars who have served as faculty in GHS-led educator training programs, such as Teaching American History grants, National Endowment for the Humanities seminars; as lecturers or panelists at GHS programs; served as consultants or that served to further the GHS mission in a similar capacity.

Requirements of Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellows will travel to Savannah or another Georgia city (at GHS discretion) to publicly present new research or a new publication that has significant impact on historiography and the public’s understanding of history. When appropriate, they may be asked to make an in-school presentation for K-12 students and/or to a group of selected K-12 teachers.

Teaching Fellows will receive a cash prize and a commemorative bust of Vince Dooley sculpted by Artist Ross Rossin.  Known for large scale, oil-on-canvas paintings that can be found on the walls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, The High Museum of Art, and The Baseball Hall of Fame (to name a few), Rossin has also created busts of legends like Griffin Bell and Arthur Blank as well as the statue of Hank Aaron in SunTrust Park.

Previous Inductees


Annette Gordon-Reed
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian

Rick Atkinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist

David W. Blight
Class of 1954 Professor of American History
Yale University