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4 named Fellows for SEC Academic Leadership Development Program

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Kecia Thomas

Four UGA faculty members—Erica Hashimoto, Jessica Kissinger, Kecia Thomas and Mark Wilson—will gain a deeper perspective on academic leadership as the university’s 2015-2016 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows.

Created by the Southeastern Conference in 2008, the fellowship program seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. Hashimoto is the associate dean for clinical programs and experiential learning and the Allen Post Professor of Law at the School of Law; Kissinger is the director of the Institute of Bioinformatics and a professor of genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; Thomas is a professor of industrial/organizational psychology, the founding director of the Center for Research and Engagement in Diversity and the associate dean for faculty leadership development and diversity in the Franklin College; and Wilson is associate dean for academic affairs and UGA Foundation Professor in Public Health in the College of Public Health.

The participants will work with senior administrators at UGA based on their areas of interest and attend two SEC-wide workshops that include lectures, panel discussions and opportunities to interact with their counterparts from other SEC institutions.

“The program gives faculty a focused, thoughtful look at leadership opportunities in higher education,” said Meg Amstutz, associate provost for academic programs and UGA’s SEC ALDP liaison.

Hashimoto has received numerous teaching honors, including being named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor. She created the Law School’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, through which she supervises students who brief and argue cases on behalf of indigent clients. Her scholarship focuses on criminal defendants’ right to the assistance of counsel and the availability of remedies for constitutional deprivations in criminal cases, and her work was cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision upholding the constitutional right of self-representation.

Kissinger directs an international bioinformatics training program and two large multi-institutional research contracts. She has served on numerous committees at different administrative levels at UGA as well as on several National Institutes of Health scientific working groups for national and international research. Kissinger’s research focuses on data mining, data integration and systems biology approaches to the study of infectious parasitic diseases.

Thomas is an elected Fellow of both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association, and a recipient of the Janet Chusmir Award for Distinguished Service from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations division of the Academy of Management. Thomas focuses her scholarship and institutional engagements on the issues of strategic diversity recruitment, supporting diversity in STEM workplaces and understanding the career experiences of high-potential women of color.

Wilson co-founded and directs the Workplace Health Group, an interdisciplinary research group that focuses on organizational health issues. He has served in a variety of administrative capacities, including graduate coordinator and department head before becoming associate dean. He also has served on advisory boards and scientific working groups for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIH.

The application deadline for next year’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program is April 8. To learn more, visit