2018-19 UGA Teaching Academy Fellows

Monday, September 3, 2018

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The University of Georgia Teaching Academy Fellows Program recently welcomed 18 faculty into its 2018-19 cohort at an opening reception held on Aug. 16. The program was created in 2011 by the UGA Teaching Academy to promote excellence in classroom instruction by mentoring early-career faculty.

Each academic year, an enthusiastic group of 15-20 fellows in their first, second, or third year of full-time instruction are recruited from among all full-time UGA faculty, both tenure and non-tenure, who teach UGA undergraduate, graduate, or professional courses. Each cohort of fellows is divided into four teams, and each team is mentored by two award-winning Teaching Academy faculty members.

The Mentors meet monthly with their Fellows to reflect on teaching, learn about resources at UGA, and help build an instructional toolkit. In addition, the entire cohort meets as a whole three times a semester to participate in dinner workshops in the evenings. This year, the Teaching Academy Fellows Program has partnered with the McCoy Hutchinson Graduate Mentoring Academy for fellows who want a two-year mentorship experience.

The 2018-19 Teaching Academy Fellows are Karen Aguar, Management Information Systems; Brandy Burgess, Population Health; Alexander Bucksch, Plant Biology; Zhuo Chen, Health Policy and Management; Lesley Clack, Health Policy and Management; Joe Conrad, Forest Operations; Karine Gendron, Diagnostic Imaging; Brittani Harmon, Health Policy and Management; Tracy Hill, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery; Reeve Hunter, Microbiology; Weifeng Li, Management Information Systems; Michelle Lofton, Public Administration and Policy; Abhinav Mishra, Food Science and Technology; Kellie Sappington, Microbiology; Lori Sutter, Forestry and Natural Resources; Greg Thaler, International Affairs; Rustin Van Katwyk, Dance; Jennifer Walker, Mathematics; Kyle Woosnam, Forestry and Natural Resources; and Laura Zimmerman, Economics.

The Teaching Academy Fellows Program is co-directed by Paige Carmichael, professor of veterinary pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine; Mark Huber, senior lecturer of management information systems, Terry College of Business; Josef Broder, associate dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and executive committee chair of the UGA Teaching Academy; and Andrew Owsiak, associate professor of international affairs, School of Public and International Affairs. The TAFP is assisted by Teaching Academy Executive Secretary Stefani Hilley.

The program is coordinated by UGA’s Teaching Academy with support from the Office of the President and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching and to foster learning through inquiry.

Find out more about the program.

 

2018-19 Teaching Academy Fellows:

 

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Karen Aguar

Management Information Systems

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Alexander Bucksch

Plant Biology

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Brandy Burgess

Population Health

 

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Zhuo Chen

Health Policy and Management

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Lesley Clack

Health Policy and Management

 

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Joe Conrad

Forest Operations

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Karine Gendron

Diagnostic Imaging

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Brittani Harmon

Health Policy and Management

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Tracy Hill

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

 

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Reeve Hunter

Mathematics

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Weifeng Li

Management Information Systems

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Michelle Lofton

Public Administration and Policy

 

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Abhinav Mishra

Food Science and Technology

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Kellie Sappington

Mathematics

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Lori Sutter

Forestry and Natural Resources

 

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Greg Thaler

International Affairs

 

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Kyle Woosnam

Forestry and Natural Resources

 

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Rustin Van Katwyk

Dance

 

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Laura Zimmerman

Economics

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Jennifer Walker

Microbiology

 

 

 

 

TAFP Co-Directors

The UGA Teaching Academy Fellows Program is co-directed by (from left) Andrew Owsiak, associate professor of international affairs; Paige Carmichael, professor of veterinary pathology; Josef Broder, CAES associate dean and UGA Teaching Academy executive committee chair; and Mark Huber, senior lecturer of management information systems.