New Liaisons, Lunch with the QEPeeps, and more: Updates from Knowledge@Work

New Experiential Learning Liaisons:

The list of 2016-17 Experiential Learning Liaisons has been released by the Office of Experiential Learning:

  • At Large – Library –  Ben Mullis –  (Cochran)
Weekly Lunch with Knowledge@Work and the QEPeeps:

The Office of Experiential Learning will be holding weekly bring-your-own lunch and learn sessions across the 5 campuses during the ’16-’17 Academic Year to promote a dialogue around our Quality Enhancement Plan. Faculty, Staff, and Student Knowledge@Work Ambassadors, also known as QEPeeps, will make themselves available to answer questions and share details about the program and various experiential learning opportunities available. Faculty, Staff, and Students are encouraged to join us for lunch. This week Dr. Sheree Keith (EL Liaison for the Department of Media, Culture, and the Arts) and Dr. Matt Jennings (Coordinator of Undergraduate Research) will be joining Chris Tsavatewa (Director of the Office of Experiential Learning) in the Macon Campus Cafeteria from 12:30-1:30 to talk about internships, stipends, service projects, and all things QEP.

Dr. Matt Jennings: 2016-17 Coordinator of Undergraduate Research

The Office of the Provost is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Matt Jennings as Coordinator of Undergraduate Research for the ’16-’17 Academic Year. In coordination with the Office of Experiential Learning, Dr. Jennings will support the efforts of the QEP (Knowledge@Work) to engage in “exploration and application beyond the classroom”.

Matt Jennings joined the Middle Georgia State University faculty in 2007, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Matt’s first book, New Worlds of Violence: Cultures and Conquests in the Early American Southeast, came out in 2011. He’s also contributed to Robbie Ethridge and Sheri Marie Shuck-Hall’s Mapping the Mississippian Shatter Zone and Michelle LeMaster and Brad Wood’s Creating and Contesting Carolina. He wrote the chapter on terrorism in early America for the Routledge History of Terrorism and will contribute to a planned volume about Ocmulgee archaeology in the not-too-distant future. His most recent scholarly work is a new edition of William Bartram’s writings on Native Americans, published in 2014 as The Flower Hunter and the People: William Bartram in the Native American Southeast. Matt’s written numerous book reviews and articles for reference works. In addition to this scholarly production, Matt co-authored a picture history of Macon, Georgia, in 2013, and wrote a picture history of Ocmulgee National Monument in 2015. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Jennings, received the Excellence in Scholarship award from his peers at Middle Georgia State University.

Matt’s present research considers the relationship between Native American peoples and the mounds at Ocmulgee National Monument, and the intertwined history of tourism and archaeology at the site. Matt has also explored Thomas Paine’s interactions with Native Americans and the roots of John Brown’s ideas about violence. He is currently working on 2 projects, a new concise history of Ocmulgee National Monument and a history of Macon brewing with the Acme Brewing Historical Society.