The Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach began the PSO Faculty Fellowship Program in 2011 to help create more outreach avenues for tenure-track and tenured professors. The fellowships allow professors to immerse themselves in the work of a PSO unit for a semester and use the knowledge they gain in their academic courses. They also conduct research and apply their expertise to outreach initiatives.

Two faculty members were selected as fellows for fall 2014.

Theodore Kopcha, an assistant professor in learning, design and technology in the College of Education, is working with the Archway Partnership to help integrate more technology in K-12 settings around the state. He will use his fellowship to build relationships with education professionals in various Archway communities and help them design and implement technology-integration plans for the classroom, as well as train them on new technologies.

Rosanna Rivero, an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design, is collaborating with Georgia Sea Grant, UGA Marine Extension and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government as they address issues and hazards in Georgia’s coastal communities. She will use her fellowship to serve as an environmental planner, developing guidelines for local governments to implement performance measures for community resilience and planning in response to natural hazards such as sea level rise.