Four faculty members have been named Public Service and Outreach Fellows for the fall semester.
Created to provide more outreach avenues for tenure-track and tenured faculty, the fellowships allow professors to immerse themselves in the work of a PSO unit for a semester and use the knowledge in their academic courses, conduct research and apply their expertise to outreach initiatives.
R.G. Brown III, a professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, is beaming sonar into salt marshes on and around Skidaway Island as a creative way to help teach people how to “see” the natural environment. Besides creating artistic, instructional images, Brown is working with the Marine Extension Service to develop sonar surveys as an educational tool for teachers in public schools.
JoBeth Allen, a professor of language and literary education in the College of Education, is using her fellowship to lead workshops that continue building long-lasting family-school partnerships in communities served by PSO’s Archway Partnership. Education students are working with teachers who are forming partnerships to create information and training resources that will be available to everyone in the partnership.
Jennifer H. James, an assistant professor in the education college’s elementary and social studies education department, is working with the Office of Service-Learning to expand opportunities in the Clarke County School District with goals that include strengthening social responsibility and advocacy.
She is using the fellowship to provide professional development programs for teachers and work to measure the effectiveness of service-learning on students and expand partnerships between the 12,500-student school system and other PSO units.
Stephen J. Ramos, an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design, is working with the Fanning Institute to identify and develop projects on which the college and institute can work together to benefit Georgia communities.