Nine UGA faculty members named 2017-2018 Service-Learning Fellows
The Office of Service-Learning has selected nine 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 new 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.
"Each year, faculty come up with new and innovative ways to link their scholarship to some of our most pressing community needs," said Shannon Wilder, director of the Office of Service-Learning. "It's exciting to see the
types of experiential learning opportunities they are creating for students in their service-learning courses that gives them hands-on experience that is invaluable."
The 2017-2018 Service-Learning Fellows, their respective academic fields and proposed projects are:
• Jessica Brown, public service assistant, Marine Extension/Georgia Sea Grant. Brown's proposed service-learning project connects UGA undergraduate students to coastal municipalities and government agencies to assess and design science-based solutions for stormwater projects in disadvantaged coastal communities.
• Paula Davis-Olwell, instructor, Global Health Institute, College of Public Health. Davis-Olwell will engage students in a global health service-learning project in collaboration with Jubilee Partners and other community organizations addressing refugee resettlement. Her project will focus on the health and nutrition needs of refugees and their families.
• Marianne Fortuna, lecturer, J.M. Tull School of Accounting, Terry College of Business. Fortuna is implementing a service-learning project on the Griffin campus, engaging her students in creating meaningful financial information for small and emerging businesses in Griffin and the surrounding communities.
• Akela Reason, associate professor, history department, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Reason's project seeks to involve her students and the community to capture the history of Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery and make it more accessible to a wider audience.
• Elizabeth Saylor, clinical assistant professor, educational theory and practice department, College of Education. Saylor's Early Childhood Education Connection project seeks to bolster existing relationships between the students and faculty of the early childhood education program and their partnering mentor teachers in the Clarke-County School District by creating a space for open dialogue, support and continued understanding of contemporary school community concerns.
• Sarah Shannon, assistant professor, sociology department, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Shannon plans to continue developing her "Inside-Out" course (SOCI 4470), which takes a small group of UGA students inside the Athens-Clarke County Jail to learn alongside people who are incarcerated.
• Marianne Shockley, academic professional, entomology department, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Shockley plans to incorporate reflections by community participants and to use multi-modal ongoing reflection strategies for students enrolled in her entomology outreach service-learning courses.
• John Weatherford, lecturer, New Media Institute, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Weatherford will work to develop a sustainable model for student teams completing their New Media Capstone projects to partner with nonprofit organizations.
• Kenneth White, assistant professor, financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Financial planning students in White's retirement planning course will serve nonprofit employees of the Athens community by providing retirement-specific, financial educational sessions.