The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sharone Named Lilly Fellow

Ofer Sharone | UMass Amherst Sociology

Ofer Sharone, assistant professor of Sociology, has been selected as one of the 2018-19 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence at the University of Massachusetts.

The Lilly Fellowship is a competitive program that enables promising junior faculty to cultivate teaching excellence in a special yearlong collaboration, and is awarded though the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD). During the fellowship, which spans the 2018-2019 academic year, Sharone and the other fellows will attend seminars every two weeks on teaching methods, design or redesign a course, develop a proposal for a teaching workshop to be given during the 2019-2020 academic year, create a teaching portfolio, and participate in activities to evaluate the effectiveness of the Lilly Fellowship program. Fellows also receive grants totaling $14,000 to allow them to reduce their teaching load during the period of the fellowship, and to support the fellow’s course development activities.

“I vividly recall the few teachers profoundly shaped me as a college student and I’m excited that next year, with the support of TEFD and my peer Lilly Fellows, I’ll have a chance to develop my own capacities as a teacher,” explains Sharone, who joined the UMass Sociology Department in 2016.

He plans to design a new course tentatively titled “The sociology of aspirations: What do I really want to do when I grow up?” The course will examine what he describes as the “social forces underlying career aspirations, and more broadly life paths.”

“I hope this new course would both help students think more sociologically and make reflective and thoughtful decisions about their own life direction,” he adds.

“In the teaching workshop that I hope to develop I will aim to share with my colleagues strategies for developing students’ capacities to think sociologically and of effectively engaging students even in large lecture courses, which I believe is a particularly challenging environment,” he concludes.

» Click here for a full list of fellows and to read more.


April 3, 2018