Scholarship of Engagement Grants
- About The Grant
- Executive Summaries
The mission of UGA Public Service and Outreach is to apply university-based knowledge and resources to improve quality of life in Georgia and beyond. To accomplish this mission, one of PSO's three strategic goals is to enhance UGA's learning and research by supporting faculty members who engage in public service and outreach activities. The Scholarship of Engagement Grants program is one of a number of programs that the Office of the Vice President supports to meet this goal.
The Vice President for Public Service and Outreach’s 2010-2011 Scholarship of Engagement Grants program supported public service and outreach projects conducted by permanent, full-time public service, tenure-track, or clinical faculty members. Proposed projects were submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach with the support and approval of the proposer’s Unit Head, Department Head, or Dean (as appropriate). Project budgets ranged from $4,610 to $8,000.
Public Service and Outreach projects included those with an emphasis on community-based participatory research, applied research, and policy analysis; technical assistance; technology transfer; or program development and delivery.
Since 2004, the Scholarship of Engagement Grants program has supported public service and outreach projects by University of Georgia faculty members. During the 2010-2011 academic year, priority was given to projects in Georgia that included a service-learning opportunity for students; that demonstrated collaboration among faculty members in the schools and colleges, and public service units; and that had an assessment-of-impact plan built into the project.
The 2010-2011 Scholarship of Engagement Grant Recipients Include:
- Scott Ardoin (Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology), Training Intervention and Assessment Skills to undergraduates and Teachers
- Cheryl Fields-Smith (Elementary and Social Studies Education), Griffin to Athens: Career Awareness and Aspirations for Middle School Students in Underserved Communities
- Dale Gauthreaux (Institute for Leadership Advancement), Capstone Service-Learning Projects
- Betina Kaplan (Romance Languages), Spanish Adult Literacy Program at Pinewoods Library
- Bryan McCullick (Kinesiology), Addressing the Physical and Cognitive Development of Children in After-School Programs
- Svoboda Pennisi (Horticulture, Griffin Campus), Engaging Students via Outreach Programs in Urban Water Conservation
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2009-2010 Executive Summary
In 2009-2010, the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach (PSO) of the University of Georgia (UGA) supported projects that extend a faculty member's disciplinary expertise to the needs of Georgia communities through a competitive seed-grant process called the Scholarship of Engagement Grants Program.
The 2009-2010 grants were designed to support projects that
- applied university-based knowledge to improve the quality of life in Georgia;
- provided public serve and outreach opportunities for undergraduate students;
- addressed a community need in Georgia;
- had an assessment plan built into the project; and
- were proposed by faculty members who had not received a Scholarship of Engagement Grant in previous years.
The 2009-2010 Scholarship of Engagement Grant Recipients Include:
- Diane Bales (College of Family and Consumer Sciences) and Karen Shetterley (Georgia Center for Continuing Education) developed a training curriculum for childcare center teachers in Chatham, Colquitt, Douglas, and Oglethorpe counties in Georgia.
- Michelle Carney (School of Social Work) developed targeted training and education modules in key areas of nonprofit management in Colquitt, Glynn, and Muscogee counties in Georgia.
- Dave Chatterjee (Terry College of Business) led a team of undergraduate students in undertaking six consulting projects to help governing bodies across Georgia tackle information systems problems.
- Karen Cornell and Kate Creevy (College of Veterinary Medicine) worked with Project Safe and veterinary students to help pets who are victims of domestic violence while studying the link between domestic violence and animal abuse.
- Daniel Forrister and Sukhmani Sarao (College of Pharmacy) developed a method for providing education about Medicare fraud and individualized information on Medicare Part D prescription plans to seniors in Washington County, Georgia.
- Katalin Medvedev (College of Family and Consumer Sciences) led students in a mission to assist the Athens, Georgia Downtown Development Authority offer services to small retailers to strengthen their competitiveness.
- Katherine Thompson and Gayle Andrews (College of Education) created a practitioner-oriented website for P-12 teachers to use in support of the implementation of service-learning in P-12 classrooms.
- Amy Trauger (Franklin College of Arts and Sciences) and Eric MacDonald (College of Environment and Design) addressed food insecurity in Athens, Georgia by connecting local food producers with those in need.
Units that Received Grants
- Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (Geography)
- Terry College of Business (Management Information Systems)
- College of Education (Elementary and Social Studies; Middle School Education)
- Georgia Center for Continuing Education
- College of Environment and Design (Environmental Design)
- College of Family and Consumer Sciences (Child and Family Development; Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors)
- College of Pharmacy
- School of Social Work (Institute for Nonprofit Organizations)
- College of Veterinary Medicine (Small Animal Medicine and Surgery)
UGA Student Involvement
- Undergraduate Students 118
- Professional Students 46
- Masters Students 110
- Doctoral Students 5
Courses Connected to Projects
- Academic Community Learning (EDMS/EDEC 7060)
- Advanced Design Methods (TXMI 5310)
- Athens Urban Food Collective (AUFC) Service-Learning (GEOG 4890/6890)
- Community-Based Pharmacy Outreach (PHRM 5500)
- Directed Study in Child and Family Development (CHFD 3010)
- Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising (TXMI 3210)
- Graduate Internship (MNPO 7055)
- Ideas of Community and Place (EDES 6540)
- IS Leadership (MIST 5670)
- Program Design and Development (MNPO 7123)
Collaborations Across Units
- College of Family and Consumer Sciences — Georgia Center for Continuing Education
- College of Public Health — Archway Partnership
- Department of Horticulture — Physical Plant — Office of Sustainability
- Office of Service-Learning
- School of Social Work — Archway Partnership
- Terry College of Business — Archway Partnerhsip
Cooperators and Contacts
- Agora, Athens, Georgia
- Athena Jewelers, Athens, Georgia
- Athens Downtown Development Authority
- Athens Farmers Market
- Athens Locally Grown, Inc.
- Athens Permaculture Group
- Athens Urban Food Collective (AUFC)
- Aurum Studios Ltd., Athens, Georgia
- Bike Athens
- Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
- Brunswick Office of Community Development
- Chatham County Extension Service
- Cillies Clothing, Athens, Georgia
- Colquitt County Extension Service
- Douglas County Extension Service
- Flaunt, Athens, Georgia
- Flirt, Athens, Georgia
- Food Not Bombs
- George Dean's Menswear, Athens, Georgia
- Georgia Early Care and Education Professional Development System
- Gigworn, Athens, Georgia
- Hart County Industrial Building Department
- Hartwell City Council
- Heery's Closet, Athens, Georgia
- Oglethorpe County Extension Service
- Project Safe, Athens, Georgia
- Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experiences (PLACE)
- Pulaski County, Hawkinsville, Georgia
- Sumter County Parks and Recreation Department
- Twin Swallows Farm, Danielsville, Georgia
- UGA P-16 Service-Learning Development Team
K-12 Georgia Schools Involved
- Barrow County Early Learning Center, Barrow County, Georgia
- Chesney Elementary School, Gwinnett County, Georgia
- Clarke Middle School, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
- Commerce Middle School, Jackson County, Georgia
- County Line Elementary School, Barrow County, Georgia
- Cousins Middle School, Newton County, Georgia
- H.T. Edwards Preschool Center, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
- Hayman Morris Middle School, Barrow County, Georgia
- Howard B. Stroud Elementary School, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
- J.J. Harris Elementary School, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
- Jackson Elementary School, Gwinnett County, Georgia
- Oglethorpe County Middle School, Oglethorpe County, Georgia
- Whitehead Road Elementary School, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia
Technical Colleges in Georgia
- Moultrie Technical College, Moultrie, Georgia
- Savannah Technical College, Savannah, Georgia
2008-09 | Nancy Williams and Kimberly Clay (Social Work) traveled to Xalapa, Mexico, to re-develop a service-learning program for social work students which will apply knowledge gained to the local Latino population.
2008-09 | Seth Wenger (Ecology) and Katie Sheehan (Law) developed a Wetlands Protection Ordinances project to help preserve wetlands in coastal Georgia.
2008-09 | Anneliese Singh (School Counseling Program) and Corey Johnson (Recreation and Leisure Studies) provided training and resources for school employees to create school settings in which LGBTQ youth can find acceptance and nurturance.
2008-09 | Lance Palmer (Family and Consumer Sciences) led a group of students from Family Financial Planning in teaching Athens-Area employees about making the most of their employee benefits.
2008-09 | Lawrence Morris (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) and his students traveled to Ilha de Marajó near Pará, Brazil, to teach local children about natural resource management.
2008-09 | Melinda Moore (Vinson Institute) traveled to Liberia to assist in the development of a School of Social Work at Cuttington University in Suacoco, Liberia.
2008-09 | Lisa Liguori (Marine Extension) developed an outreach program to the fishing community of San Felipe, Mexico, to educate fisherwomen about mercury levels in fish.
2008-09 | Jeff Jordan (Agriculture and Applied Economics) assisted in forming Partners for a Prosperous Griffin-Spalding County, Georgia and helped them create goals to improve their community.
2008-09 | Stephanie Jones (College of Education) and her students promoted community-engaged learning by creating curricular studies for elementary school teachers in Athens, Georgia, with a focus on local people, environments, and industries.
2008-09 | Kris Irwin (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) led a team of UGA faculty members to San Luis, Costa Rica, to assist local aquaculture producers and expand service-learning opportunities in Costa Rica.
2008-09 | Tina Harris (Speech Communication) worked with students to assess and help resolve communication barriers at Community Connection of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
2008-09 | Rachel Hagues (Vinson Institute), Hunter Parker (Theatre and Film Studies), Koqunia Forte (Theatre and Film Studies), and Sharon Nickols (Housing and Consumer Economics) worked to create a safe place where girls from Ukerewe, Tanzania, and Athens, Georgia, could talk and dramatize issues affecting them.
2008-09 | David Gattie (Biological and Agricultural Engineering) created a service-learning experience for students in sustainable watermanagement and environmental decision-making in Pocora, Costa Rica.
2008-09 | Victoria Hasko (Language and Literacy Education) worked with current and future teachers to preserve immigrant students' abilities to speak their native language.
2008-09 | Daniel Bivins and Leigh Askew Elkins (Fanning Institute) worked with Landscape Architecture students to create a program promoting tourism to coffee farms in Finca la Bella, Costa Rica.