Two University of Georgia faculty members have been recognized by the Office of Service-Learning with Service-Learning Teaching Excellence Awards for 2021. These awards recognize faculty for excellence in developing, implementing and sustaining academic service-learning opportunities for UGA students. Since 2011, 22 UGA faculty have received these awards.
Gary T. Green
Professor and assistant dean of academic affairs
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Since 2000, Gary T. Green has developed and taught multiple service-learning courses in topics such as environmental interpretation, tourism and sustainable development, and wilderness management. In his courses, more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students have developed real-world expertise in areas such as trail recommendations for the USDA Forest Service, interpretive signs and exhibits for nature centers and parks, and plans for enhancing sustainability for international tourism agencies. Green has also engaged his students in evaluating Georgia state parks’ programming and recreation services for particular demographic groups, resulting in substantive changes to make these offerings more inclusive. A 2018-19 Service-Learning Fellow, Green also has been recognized with numerous teaching awards including the Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Department of Marketing, Terry College of Business
Every semester for the past five years, Candice Hollenbeck has engaged a hundred students in her Integrated Marketing and Brand Communication service-learning courses to work with dozens of Athens-area small businesses and nonprofit organizations dedicated to causes such as domestic abuse prevention, animal welfare, literacy, food insecurity, youth development and more. Under her supervision, and with feedback from both the clients and from industry professionals, student groups apply marketing principles to real-world needs, providing brand identity and target market research, developing social media campaigns, promoting events, creating infographics and websites, and supporting fundraising initiatives. Her students regularly praise the value of these projects, the hands-on experience gained and the satisfaction of helping local organizations.
Hollenbeck was previously recognized as a 2019-20 Service-Learning Fellow.