OSL Faculty & Staff

The Office of Service-Learning's general contact email is osl@uga.edu, and phone is 706-542-8924. 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'Brien 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. She 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, Shannon serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art Education in the Lamar Dodd School of Art where she has developed and taught 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 has co-taught GRSC 78070S: Service-Learning Course Design. She currently serves as the co-editor for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE). 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.

Shannon 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 has served on many university-wide committees such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Steering Committee, 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, she has chaired the board of the Athens Community Council on Aging, served on the LEAD Athens Steering Committee and the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, and is past president 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).

A Senior Academic Professional, 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, coordinates UGA's AmeriCorps VISTA network, and teaches service-learning coursework. He was a 2011-12 participant in the Public Service & Outreach Leadership Academy, and represents the OSL on the PSO evaluation committee. He is also the founding coordinator of the Public Service & Outreach Student Scholars Program.

Paul is also past president and service chair of the Classic City Rotary Club; Global Grants Chair and past Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6910; and a long-time Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 149 in Oconee County, GA. Paul and his wife are restoring their hundred-year old historic bungalow, and he also plays Celtic music with other local musicians, with weekly sessions in downtown Athens. Paul has received recognitions including the Gulf-South Summit Outstanding Practitioner of the Year for 2016; the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service; the Silver Beaver; Georgia TESOL's Professional Service Award; and is the Northeast Georgia Council's inductee for the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership. 

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

Kay Vaughn is the Business Manager for the office. She handles the administrative functions of the office, including processing payroll, data entry, and other key functions.

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

Joshua Podvin serves as the Senior Coordinator for Community Partnerships for the Office of Service-Learning. He previously served as the Experience UGA Coordinator, facilitating 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) 542-4511

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

Shannon Walker serves at the Program Coordinator for Experience UGA, an initiative between UGA and the Clarke County School District (CCSD) every student in the Clarke County School District, pre-K through twelfth grade, to UGAʼs campus every year for grade level field trips that correlate with academic learning standards for their class curriculum. She received a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama in 2015. She most recently completed her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from UGA in May of 2017. She previously served as the graduate assistant for Experience UGA before transitioning into this new role. A native of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Shannon is excited to be serving the community of her home state. She enjoys candles, reading, music, and hot tea. You can always find her in the office with a hot cup of tea at her desk, a candle being warmed, and R&B or Jazz music playing in the background. She looks forward to spending time in the Clarke County community and supporting its students.

Email: shannon.walker26@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-5008

Derek Finke is a full-time doctoral student at the Institute of Higher Education, and is a graduate assistant in the Office of Service-Learning. Derek holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he researched banana slug reproduction and speciation, and subsequently helped teach at the San Diego Zoo. Derek went on to earn his Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education from the University of California at Los Angeles, and spent the next 4 years working in Residence Life. His professional and research interests are focused on college student experiences that create strong dissonance, and how these experiences impact their reality.

Email: dfinke89@gmail.com Phone Number: (706) 542-1278

Danielle Kerr is a doctoral student in the Institute of Higher Education. She holds a graduate assistantship with the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement where she serves as a managing editor. Her research interests include the influence of organizational policy and privilege on cultural diversity and inclusiveness efforts in Southern institutions of higher education. She directs specific attention towards the intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality and their implications on the faculty promotion and tenure process. Danielle earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hawaii - Manoa. Additionally, Danielle earned a Masters of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Arts in Higher Education/Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. Prior to starting doctoral work in the Institute of Higher Education, she served as Graduate Admissions Specialist in the Graduate School at the University of Mississippi.

Email: danielle.kerr25@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-1278

Alison Doherty serves as the graduate assistant for Experience UGA and is working towards her M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration. Before coming to UGA, Alison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education & Elementary Education in 2016 from Elon University. Most recently, she worked as a special education resource teacher at an elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked with K-2 students with mild to moderate disabilities. Originally from Wakefield, Massachusetts, Alison is excited to be making Athens her new home. She loves to travel and spend time outdoors hiking, going on bike rides, and playing tennis. She also enjoys her time to unwind by reading or watching Netflix (usually The Office). Alison is looking forward to engaging with students in the Clarke County community. She hopes to contribute towards the program’s mission of increasing students’ excitement for learning as well as showing them that higher education is attainable and pique their interest in possible majors.

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

Beth Deroshia, a Georgia native, is the Americorps VISTA Leader for UGA's VISTA Network. She previously completed three years of VISTA service with Action Ministries, working on a variety of hunger relief programs.Beth has almost two decades of experience in non-profit, community, and government agencies, including The Boys & Girls Clubs, Athens Regional Library, and Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services. She graduated from UGA in 2000 with a degree in English Literature. Returning in 2013 after finding her passion in non-profit work, graduate study in the School of Social Work's Non-Profit Management and Leadership program seemed like the next logical step. Being illogical, she signed up for a year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA and has found a passion in helping agencies identify partners and build capacity. Now in her fourth service term, she identifies the timeline as one of the most appealing factors of VISTA service. "When you have a finite timetable to complete a goal and to add value to a project, you want to see that you've done something amazing by the end of the year. I think it makes you hustle. There isn't a lot of 'wait and see,' and I enjoy that pace."  Beth lives in Athens with her husband and has one seventeen-year-old son, Justice, who she refers to as "the most rewarding service-learning project I've undertaken by far."


Email: jrdmom@uga.edu

Eunice Lee is the 2018-19 Campus Kitchen VISTA. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Eunice moved to Athens with AmeriCorps VISTA. Before joining the Campus Kitchen team, she received a Fulbright-Schuman grant to research how the European Union's policy on protected designations of origin on foods impact rural development in the French Basque region. Prior to that, she studied French and Environmental Studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and examined how Hamilton manages food waste on their campus for her final thesis. Eunice is thrilled to join the fight against hunger in Athens-Clarke County and discover the different restaurants and music venues of Athens.

Email: eunice.lee1@uga.edu Phone Number: (706) 542-0891