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), and was a 2019 Canterbury Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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 of the Classic City Rotary Club; International Service and 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; the Key to the City of Athens from Mayor Nancy Denson; and is the Northeast Georgia Council's inductee for the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary National Hall of Leadership.