OSL Faculty & Staff

The Office of Service-Learning's general contact email is osl@uga.edu, and phone is 706-542-0535. Our mailing address is 1242 1/2 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30602.

See below for a detailed listing of OSL faculty and staff.

Dr. Shannon O. Wilder has served as the founding director of the Office of Service-Learning (OSL) at the University of Georgia since 2005 where she provides leadership for the expansion of academic service-learning opportunities both locally and in study abroad. In this role, she coordinates the OSL’s Service-Learning Fellows program, and oversees programs and initiatives related to faculty and graduate student development, grants and funding for service-learning, faculty awards and recognition programs, and university initiatives promoting community engagement. Prior to leading the OSL, she worked in UGA’s Office of Instructional Support & Development (now the Center for Teaching and Learning) from 2000-2005, and in Cooperative Extension from 1995-2000. Wilder received her BFA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She holds a M.Ed. in instructional technology (2001) and a Ph.D. in art education (2006), both from the University of Georgia.

In addition to her administrative duties, Wilder serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art Education in the Lamar Dodd School of Art where she has developed and teaches the graduate course Art Education in the Community as well as a First Year Odyssey service-learning course, ‘Citizen Artists’ and the Role of the Arts in Public Life. In addition, she co-teaches GRSC 78070S: Service-Learning Course Design. Wilder currently serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education and the Journal of Service-Learning in Higher Education. Her current research interests include the impact of service-learning on students’ civic participation after graduation, arts-based research methods, and service-learning and arts-based reflection. Her research has been published in journals such as the International Journal of Education and the Arts.

Wilder was selected as a 2008-2009 Education Policy Fellow by the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. She also served as the 2009-2010 chair of the executive committee of the Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Through Higher Education and was the recipient of this organization’s 2011 Outstanding Service-Learning Practitioner Award. She currently serves on many university-wide committees such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Steering Committee, Costa Rica Advisory Board, and Office of International Education Risk Management Board. She previously served on the Quality Enhancement Plan Committee for UGA’s 2010 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process, and co-chaired the working group for UGA’s application for the 2010 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

An active community member, Wilder serves on the board of the Athens Community Council on Aging, the LEAD Athens Steering Committee, and as president-elect of the Classic City Rotary Club. In 2011, she was selected as one of the Athens Banner-Herald’s 40 Under 40 community leaders. She previously served on the board of the Clarke County Mentor Program, the 2008-09 School Council for Classic City High School, and is a 2012 graduate of LEAD Athens.

Email: swilder@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-0535

Dr. Paul Matthews is the Associate Director of the University of Georgia Office of Service-Learning (OSL), where he helps support faculty members, students, and community partners in applying academic skills and knowledge to address community needs and enhance student learning. Paul holds two degrees from the University of Georgia—a Ph.D. in language education and an A.B. in Area Studies—as well as an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a Fulbright Fellow to the University of Passau (Germany).

Paul has been on the faculty at the University of Georgia since 1994, in departments including Romance Languages, Language Education, and as Co-Director of the Center for Latino Achievement & Success in Education (CLASE) in the College of Education. He was a Service-Learning Fellow in 2006 and the Office of Service-Learning’s Senior Scholar for Faculty Development from 2007-2010; in July 2010 he became Assistant Director of the OSL, and became Associate Director in 2016. In that role, he helps coordinate faculty development, tracks institutional reporting of service-learning and community engagement, conducts research and evaluation, coordinates service-learning initiatives with the Latino community and with K-12 teachers, and teaches service-learning coursework. He was a 2011-12 participant in the Public Service & Outreach Leadership Academy.

Paul is also past president of the Classic City Rotary Club, a past Rotary Assistant District Governor, and a long-time Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 149 in Oconee County, GA, and has received recognitions including the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service, the Silver Beaver, Georgia TESOL's Professional Service Award, and the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership. He also plays Celtic music with other local musicians, with weekly sessions in downtown Athens.

Email: pmatthew@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-0892

Susan Parish is the Administrative Manager for the office. She handles the administrative functions of the office, including processing payroll, data entry, meeting and transportation logistics, facilities management, and supervision of student workers.

Email: sparish@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-8924

Joshua Podvin serves as the Experience UGA Coordinator for the Office of Service-Learning, where he works to facilitate educational field trips to the UGA campus for all 13,000+ students in the Clarke County School District. Prior to joining the Office of Service-Learning, Josh worked as the Senior Coordinator for the Center for Student Organizations and National Student Exchange Program at UGA for 9 years. Josh earned his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University in 2006, and more recently he has been pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture part-time while working full-time for UGA. Recognized as 2013 Athens Exceptionals, Josh and his wife Erin are advocates of all things Athens. Currently they are enjoying a new adventure with the recent addition of their son (Amos), who keeps them busy and mildly sleep deprived. Originally from the Cincinnati, OH area, Josh is a staunch supporter of the city’s ever-struggling sports teams and unique style of chili. In his free time he enjoys ceramics, playing soccer, and making pies and preserves for friends.

Email: jhpodvin@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-5008

Brad Turner serves as the Campus Kitchen Coordinator where he facilitates the student-powered food recovery and redistribution initiative at UGA. Prior to assuming the coordinator role, Brad served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the Campus Kitchen at UGA. He's excited to be combating the apathy towards hunger though working with students and community leaders. Brad is a 2015 graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and a Williamsburg, VA native. In his time at CNU, he co-founded a food recovery organization, served as an alternative spring break trip leader, and was a captain of the varsity cross country team. He graduated with Latin honors with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship. While he is undecided on a graduate field of study, he is very interested in database management, public relations, and volunteer management. You'll often find Brad running the streets of Athens or sampling Mexican cuisine. He dreams of playing tuba in a rebirth brass band and he hopes to travel to New Zealand.

Email: bradct@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-0891

Megan Faulkner is the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTA for the Center for Leadership and Service at UGA and assists with the partnership with the Clarke County Mentor Program.

Email: meganf6@uga.edu

Rosemary Gay is the 2017-18 AmeriCorps VISTA at the Clarke Middle School Garden.

Email: rg77@uga.edu

Kaeli Rose Evans graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations at Goshen College in 2013. Before graduating, she worked with a community organization promoting local businesses and shop-local campaigns in Goshen, Ind., as well as a non-profit fair-trade retail store as the assistant manager and marketing director. After marrying her college sweet-heart, she moved to Athens with her husband in 2014 so he could pursue a joint-graduate degree program at the University of Georgia in Historic Preservation and Law. Kaeli found work in a near-by town with Georgia’s Main Street program, where she organized city-wide events and promoted city services. In February, she began her dream job as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with Campus Kitchen at UGA to fight senior hunger and food waste. Kaeli would like to expand Campus Kitchen’s reach to the community using her communications and marketing skills while training UGA students in non-profit public relations practices. She hopes to use the knowledge she learns in her year-long service to eventually attend graduate school in public health or dietetics. When she’s not working, she’s likely exploring new restaurants in town or bothering her husband about adopting more cats.

Email: krevans@uga.edu

Rebecca (Becky) Glennie is the 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA with the BHL Middle School garden

Email: rglennie@uga.edu

Gregory Brav is the 2017-18 AmeriCorps VISTA at the W.R. Coile Middle School garden.

Email: gregory.brav@uga.edu

Erin Seymour is currently serving as the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps School Gardens VISTA at Hilsman Middle School, where she is cultivating long-term programs to expose students and community members to the interface between fresh food, sustainability, and healthy lifestyles. In 2013, Erin completed a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she was involved in a wide range of gardening- and sustainability-related organizations. Aside from gardening and working with children and animals, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, learning new things, and spending time outdoors.

Email: erin.r.seymour@gmail.com

Christy Tweedy graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at San Diego State University in 2010. Shortly after she embarked on a humanitarian project in Costa Rica with International Student Volunteers where she engaged in sustainable community building practices using art, theater, and play. She continued to use play as a method of building community by working as an art exhibitionist in San Diego using an interactive platform combined with traditional candle carving techniques. Christy has a background in social services and is passionate about finding a way to bridge social and environmental sustainability together. Christy is an Inclusive Leader and enjoys facilitating grassroots community building events such as camping adventures, community art, and other experiential opportunities. She holds a certificate as a Master Composter and enjoys writing about Zero Waste. Currently, she is serving as the AmeriCorps VISTA at Athens Community Council on Aging where she is developing programs to enhance awareness of food insecurity issues among seniors in Athens-Clarke County. Christy can be found mostly outdoors, either backpacking on the trails or playing in gardens.

Email: shvista@accaging.org Phone Number: (706) 549-4850 x2011

Erin Jones is the 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA at the UGArden.

Email: ecjones1@outlook.com

Brittany Anderson is the Office of Service-Learning graduate assistant for 2016-17. She is completing her Ph.D. in educational psychology (gifted & creative education).

Email: britt413@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-1278

Shannon E. Walker is the 2016-17 graduate assistant for the Experience UGA program. She is completing a master's in college student affairs administration at UGA.

Email: shannon.walker26@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-1278