Hagood named director of Academic Enhancement

Athens, Ga. – Following a national search, Thomas Chase Hagood has been named director of the University of Georgia’s Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE). Hagood will begin his new position on Sept. 7.

“Chase brings a unique perspective to this position,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “His breadth of knowledge in working with both faculty and students will help further foster student learning and experience and strengthen the university’s commitment to student success.”

Hagood will provide leadership for the DAE, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, which offers students a wide range of services and courses for academic support that contribute to a quality student experience from start to finish. Faculty within the DAE teach introductory courses in writing, reading, math, creative thinking, digital literacy and study strategies. Housed within the DAE is the Academic Resource Center, which employs a number of student tutors for several undergraduate courses. The center also provides academic success workshops, academic counseling, and study skills and strategies for students. In addition, the DAE provides support for TRIO Student Support Services and CARE (Collaborative Academic and Retention Effort), Early Alert Program and the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars Program. The DAE is also home to the Intensive English Program, a non-credit English language program for international students, and the Freshman College Summer Experience Program, a transition program for a cohort of about 275 first-year students that allows them to get a head start on their college careers while acclimating to campus and college courses.

Hagood is well-known among UGA faculty as assistant director for faculty development and recognition in UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning, as co-director of UGA’s Reacting to the Past program and as a member of the First-Year Odyssey leadership team. Prior to coming to UGA in 2013, Hagood was an assistant professor of history and rural studies and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“Chase is an ideal fit for this position. He brings energy and vision to the position, and I look forward to seeing many new initiatives for student success coming out of DAE that will cement UGA’s reputation as a national leader in undergraduate education,” said Naomi Norman, associate vice president for instruction.

Hagood earned a doctoral degree in history from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of North Alabama. He has served in leadership roles in a number of UGA programs, including as faculty advisor for Alpha Upsilon circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, co-director of the Special Collections Libraries Fellows, mentor for the Coca-Cola Foundation Scholars Program and the Faculty/Student Mentor Program in the Office of Student Conduct and University Health Center. Hagood is co-principal investigator on several grants making college textbooks more affordable for students through open educational resources. He also has published a number of articles in scholarly journals, including The Alabama Review, The Southern Quarterly, Journal of Southern History, and The Georgia Historical Quarterly, and is co-author of a forthcoming book on assessing the impact of active learning techniques.

“I am honored to be selected as Director of the Division of Academic Enhancement,” said Hagood. “The division plays an integral role in the university’s student success agenda, and I’m excited to serve alongside the DAE’s distinguished faculty and staff to support students across UGA.”