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Eight faculty named 2011-2012 Service-Learning Fellows

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Eight UGA faculty members have been named Service-Learning Fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The fellows program, now entering its seventh year, provides an opportunity for faculty members from a 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. The 2011-12 Service-Learning Fellows are:

  • Jon Calabria, assistant professor of landscape architecture, who will integrate service-learning into a graduate studio course focusing on green infrastructure on and off campus.
  • Silvia Giraudo, associate professor of foods and nutrition, who plans to develop, implement and assess programs focused on prevention of childhood obesity among the Latino population in conjunction with a First-Year Odyssey Seminar. 
  • Jennifer Hauver James, assistant professor of elementary and social studies education, whose project entails development of a First-Year Odyssey Seminar and assessing how students and teachers reflect on their efforts to build community and meet children’s needs.
  • Jennifer Martin Lewis, public service program coordinator at the Center for Community Design and Preservation, who plans to assess the impact on students and community partners of the community design charrettes developed as service-learning projects by students and faculty in the College of Environment and Design.
  • Michael Marshall, associate ­professor of art, whose project integrates service-learning into the photography curriculum via a special topics course for undergraduate and graduate students, allowing them to integrate their photographic skills into community contexts.
  • Katherine Melcher, assistant professor of environment and design, who will develop a graduate-level independent study course focusing on design-build work in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and the Athens Garden Club during which students design and construct an outdoor gathering space. 
  • Maritza Soto Keen, public service associate at the Fanning Institute, who will work with the Office of Service-Learning and community partners to develop a set of orientation materials for faculty and students interested in engaging with the Latino community through service-learning. 
  • M. Montgomery Wolf, lecturer in history, who will work with the Global LEAD program to enhance service-learning in study-abroad programs with students in South Africa, Ecuador and Greece. 

The Office of Service-Learning is jointly supported by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.