Twelve University of Georgia faculty members named 2018-19 Service-Learning Fellows
The Office of Service-Learning has selected twelve faculty members for participation in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program. This program provides an opportunity for faculty members from a broad range of disciplines to integrate academic service-learning into their professional practice. Fellows meet regularly throughout the academic year and receive an award of up to $2,500 to develop a proposed service-learning project. Academic service-learning—one way for students to fulfill UGA’s experiential learning graduation requirement—integrates organized service activities that meet community-identified needs into academic courses as a way to enhance understanding of academic content, teach civic responsibility, and provide benefit to the community.
Over 125 faculty from 16 of UGA’s schools and colleges, public service and outreach units, and the medical partnership have participated in the program since it was established in 2006. Participants create diverse service-learning projects that pair students with partners locally, across the state of Georgia, and throughout the world to address community issues such as youth development, economic development, food insecurity, financial literacy, and cultural preservation. “It’s exciting to see the diverse array of projects faculty are creating for students in their service-learning courses, and to know that all of these courses provide benefits for students and our community partners,” said Shannon Wilder, director of the Office of Service-Learning.
The 2018-2019 Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields, and proposed projects are—
- Brittany Bramlett, Lecturer, Dept. of Political Science, School of Public & International Affairs
Bramlett’s proposed service-learning project incorporates voter education and civic engagement activities for students in an introductory political science course.
- Kevin Burke, Associate Professor, Dept. of Language and Literacy Education, College of Education
Burke plans to develop service-learning coursework that supports youth-based programming for the new Parkview Community Center partnership with the Athens Housing Authority.
- Jennifer George, Lecturer, Dept. of Human Development and Family Science, College of Family & Consumer Sciences
- Sonia Janis, Clinical Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Theory and Practice, College of Education
George and Janis are collaborating to create a new, interdisciplinary study-abroad program focused on community and school engagement of refugee children and families in several European countries.
- Cari Goetcheus, Associate Professor, College of Environment & Design
Goetcheus is developing partnerships with the Athens-Clarke Co. Planning Department to integrate multiple service-learning projects on cultural resource assessment and preservation planning into courses in the Master of Historic Preservation program.
- Gary T. Green, Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Green will integrate project-based service-learning opportunities in collaboration with local and state governmental agencies for students in the new Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program.
- Jessica Holt, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Holt is developing a new “study away” capstone course in agricultural communication, allowing students to develop marketing and communication materials with organizations and communities and agencies around the state on issues such as stormwater management.
- Kristina Jaskyte Bahr, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
As part of the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program, Jaskyte Bahr is creating a new service-learning course, “Design Thinking for Social Innovation,” in which students will apply design thinking skills as consultants on problems identified by local non-profit organizations. A research component of her project will focus on the assessment of students’ creative confidence using a range of methods.
- Anandam (Andy) Kavoori, Professor, Dept. of Entertainment and Media Studies, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Kavoori is developing a new study-abroad journalism course in Costa Rica, focused on integrating environmental communication with service-learning to benefit partner agencies near the UGA Costa Rica campus.
- Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Associate Professor, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
Sanders-Bustle will engage undergraduate and graduate pre-service art education students with local high school students and teachers to create and reflect upon socially-engaged public art projects.
- Callan Steinmann, Curator of Education, Georgia Museum of Art
Steinmann is developing student-led, community-oriented programming for the Georgia Museum of Art through a split-level service-learning course, “Introduction to Museum Studies.”
- Megan Ward, Administrative Director, New Media Institute, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
Ward is developing service-learning opportunities for graduate students in the Emerging Media Masters program by partnering with nonprofits to identify and solve problems that can be addressed by employing emerging technologies.
(L-R: Jessica Holt; Cari Goetcheus; Kevin Burke; Brittany Bramlett; Sonia Janis; Jennifer George; Megan Ward; Lynn Bustle; Kristina Jaskyte Bahr; Callan Steinmann; Gary T. Green. Not pictured: Andy Kavoori)
The Office of Service-Learning is jointly supported by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.