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John Wares, an associate professor of genetics, uses his enthusiasm for his subject to help carry students through challenging semesters filled with lots of details, data and ideas.

Sungkyung Lee, an assistant professor in the College of Environment and Design, enjoys service-learning projects where students work on landscape design with community partners in need of resources and support.

Stephan Durham, associate professor in the College of Engineering, and his students discuss solutions to problems of urbanization, civil engineering innovations and engineering failures. They even build bridges out of spaghetti and glue!

Laurie Fowler, professor and associate dean in the Odum School of Ecology and clinical faculty member in in the School of Law, teaches her students the skills to engage with the community to solve real-world environmental problems.

Pete Bettinger, a professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, uses his experiences in private industry and as a researcher to help his students become more competent and confident in their professional abilities.

Hal Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, helps prepare his students to play important roles in discharging crucial government functions.

Lisa Donovan, professor of plant biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, helps students gain a better understanding of the natural world so that they can make informed decisions as citizens and stewards of our natural resources

Erica Hashimoto, an associate professor in the School of Law whose scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, draws on her experiences to help her students be the best lawyers they possibly can be.

Jeffrey Berejikian, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, wants students to understand the role that effective foreign policy can play in resolving contemporary global problems.

Marisa Pagnattaro, Meigs professor of legal studies in the Terry College of Business, wants her students to appreciate how the law affects their careers, lives and the world around them. Her research on China and her students’ study abroad experiences…

David Gattie, associate professor in the College of Engineering, wants students to realize that they’re capable of accomplishing far more than they might imagine.

Maria Bermudez, an assistant professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, aims to help individuals and families overcome adversity and other life challenges through her research and outreach.

Paige Carmichael, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Veterinary Medicine, considers student engagement and the development of a love of learning the most important part of what she does.

Through his teaching, research and outreach, professor of plant pathology Ron Walcott aims to inspire students to be part of the solution to producing the food required to feed the world’s growing population. 

Associate professor of marine sciences Patricia Yager has journeyed to the Antarctic, the Amazon River plume and the Arctic in search of a better understanding of how climate is impacting these biological hot spots. Thousands of K-12 school students across…

Jeb Byers, an associate professor in the Odum School of Ecology, constantly strives to get students of all majors involved in research.