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Twelve faculty members are named 2018-2019 Service-Learning Fellows

UGA’s 2018-2019 Service-Learning Fellows are (front row, from left) Jessica Holt, Cari Goetcheus, Brittany Bramlett, Jennifer George, Megan Ward, Kristina Jaskyte Bahr and (back row, from left) Kevin Burke, Sonia Janis, Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Callan Steinmann and Gary Green. Not pictured is Anandam “Andy” Kavoori.

The Office of Service-Learning has selected 12 faculty members for participation in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program. Fellows meet regularly throughout the academic year and receive an award of up to $2,500 to develop a proposed service-learning project. The 2018-2019 Service-Learning Fellows are:

  • Brittany Bramlett, a lecturer in the School of Public and International Affairs, who  plans to incorporate voter education and civic engagement activities for students in an introductory political science course.
  • Kevin Burke, an associate professor  in the College of Education, who 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, a lecturer in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Sonia Janis, a clinical associate professor in the College of Education, who 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, an associate professor in the  College of Environment & Design, who is developing partnerships with the Athens-Clarke County 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, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources,  who will integrate project-based service-learning opportunities in collaboration with local and state governmental agencies for students in the school’s new parks, recreation and tourism management program.
  • Jessica Holt, an assistant professor in the  College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who is developing a new “study away” capstone course in agricultural communication that allows students to develop marketing and communication materials with organizations, communities and agencies around the state on issues such as stormwater management.
  • Kristina Jaskyte Bahr, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, who 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 nonprofit organizations. 
  • Anandam “Andy” Kavoori, a professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, who  is developing a new study-abroad journalism course in Costa Rica that is focused on integrating environmental communication with service-learning to benefit partner agencies near the UGA Costa Rica campus.
  • Lynn Sanders-Bustle, an associate professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, who 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 at the Georgia Museum of Art, who is developing student-led, community-oriented programming for the museum through a split-level service-learning course, “Introduction to Museum Studies.”
  • Megan Ward, director of Grady College’s New Media Institute, who is developing service-learning opportunities for graduate students in the emerging media master’s program by partnering with nonprofits to identify and solve problems that can be addressed by employing emerging technologies.