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Ten faculty members named Women’s Leadership Fellows

The 2023 Women’s Leadership Fellows, from top left, are Jennifer Chapman, Carla Hadden, Shannon Hostetter, Sara Kajder, Catherine Logue, Julie Ray, Connie Rogers, Sarah Shannon, Jennifer Waldeck and Lindsey Welch. (Photo collage by Hannah Gallant)

The new cohort includes representatives from seven schools and colleges

The University of Georgia has named 10 faculty and academic leaders to the university’s 2023-2024 class of Women’s Leadership Fellows. The new cohort includes representatives from seven schools and colleges.

UGA established this program in 2015 as part of its Women’s Leadership Initiative to provide a select group of current faculty and administrators with an opportunity to develop leadership skills while gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities confronting higher education. The program specifically focuses on issues women face in academic administration. From September 2023 to May 2024, fellows will attend monthly meetings to learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields.

“The distinguished faculty and academic leaders in this year’s class of Women’s Leadership Fellows exemplify the University of Georgia’s mission as they relentlessly pursue excellence in their teaching, research and service,” said S. Jack Hu, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We are proud of their achievements and are eager to see how their experiences in this program further advance their leadership expertise.”

The 2023-2024 Women’s Leadership Fellows are:

Jennifer Chapman, director of the international business and Master of Accountancy programs and principal lecturer in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting, Terry College of Business. Chapman coordinates the international business internship course each semester and has led study abroad programs across three continents throughout the past decade. She is the author or co-author of multiple academic articles on federal tax issues as well as a law textbook on federal tax practice and procedure. She has received teaching and service awards from the Terry College and was selected as one of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and a University System of Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow.

Carla Hadden, research scientist and director of the Center for Applied Isotope Studies, a core facility administered by the Office of Research. As an environmental archaeologist, Hadden’s research applies radiocarbon dating and stable isotope analyses to the archaeological record to examine long-term human-environmental histories. She is an associate editor of Radiocarbon, the international journal of record for radioisotope research, and is the recipient of several grants from the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Science Foundation. Hadden has authored or co-authored over 35 technical reports, research publications and conference presentations.

Shannon Hostetter, associate professor of pathology, director of comparative biomedical sciences and assistant dean for graduate affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a veterinary clinical pathologist who received her D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University and has experience working with natural animal models of human diseases. She works to support graduate education in the College of Veterinary Medicine through both her director and assistant dean roles.

Sara Kajder, director of clinical practice and clinical professor of English education, Mary Frances Early College of Education. Her research explores preservice and induction teacher identity development, emergent uses of video to support teacher learning, and practices of effective teacher mentoring. Formerly a middle and high school English teacher, Kajder has authored or co-authored over 40 journal articles and book chapters in addition to several practitioner books for teachers. She has received notable awards and fellowships from the National Council of Teachers of English and has served as a journal editor and chair for the council.

Catherine Logue, professor in the department of population health and the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center and assistant dean for faculty affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine. She specializes in the detection and characterization of foodborne pathogens from food animal sources and the antimicrobial resistance of these organisms. Logue has published more than 120 research articles as well as multiple book chapters and reviews. She has received over $6 million in federal, state and commodity funds for her extensive research programs in pathogens of human and animal health.

Julie Ray, professor and head of the department of theatre and film studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to teaching, Ray has designed productions across the country for theatres including the East LA Classical Theatre Company, Ballet Pacifica, South Coast Repertory, Shakespeare Orange County, Quantum Theatre and the Hippodrome Theatre. Her design work for film and television includes “The X-Files,” “Babylon 5,” “13 Days,” “Love & Other Drugs,” “Abduction” and “Mindhunter.” Ray also has performed design work for simulated environments, galas and fundraising events, museums, theme parks, churches and retail establishments.

Connie Rogers, Bill and June Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition and head of the department of nutritional sciences, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her research focuses on the role of changes in energy balance and various nutritional factors on metabolic, inflammatory and immune mediators in animal models and in human clinical trials. Rogers has served as a reviewer for several National Institutes of Health grant review panels and for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture program within the United States Department of Agriculture. She is a former chair of the Diet & Cancer Research Interest Section within the American Society for Nutrition and is active in the American Association for Cancer Research.

Sarah Shannon, Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the department of sociology and director of the criminal justice studies program, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She studies systems of criminal punishment and their effects on social life, including monetary sanctions, incarceration and collateral consequences of felony convictions. Shannon’s interdisciplinary research has been published in top scholarly journals in sociology, criminology, social work, public health and geography. Her teaching has been recognized with awards for excellence in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research mentoring, creative teaching and service-learning.

Jennifer H. Waldeck, professor and head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Waldeck specializes in strategic applied communication research across organizational, instructional and interpersonal influence contexts. She serves on the editorial boards of 11 academic journals and is the author or co-author of six books and 52 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She is an Eastern Communication Association Distinguished Research Fellow and president of the association as well as a member of the interdisciplinary Teaching Professor Advisory Board.

Lindsey Welch, senior public service associate and director of the advanced pharmacy practice experience program, College of Pharmacy. She is a regular speaker at the state, regional and national level on the topic of pharmacy experiential education. She also is active in national and state pharmacy professional organizations and has held leadership roles in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Southeastern Pharmacy Experiential Education Consortium and the Georgia Pharmacy Association. Welch has received multiple awards, particularly for her role as faculty advisor for the Academy of Student Pharmacists in the American Pharmacists Association.

“The University of Georgia congratulates the outstanding faculty and academic leaders who comprise this year’s cohort of Women’s Leadership Fellows,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The leadership skills they build and the understanding of current issues in higher education they gain through this program will benefit their individual careers, their respective academic units, and our institution as a whole.”

The Women’s Leadership Fellows were selected from nominations from deans and other senior administrators as well as from self-nominations. The 2023-2024 program is administered by the Office of Faculty Affairs