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Mary Caplan

Mary Caplan, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, uses debates, case studies, role-playing and multimedia to help her students develop critical thinking skills.

Jim Leebens-Mack

Jim Leebens-Mack, a professor of plant biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, investigates the history of plant life on our planet and compares genome sequences to better understand the genetic basis of biological innovations that are of…

Marin Brewer

Marin Talbot Brewer, assistant professor of plant pathology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, uses her research on fungi to solve problems affecting our foods, fibers and forests.

Sergiy Minko

Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science Sergiy Minko directs UGA’s Nanostructured Materials Lab, which creates advanced fibers, textiles and other functional materials with applications that range from biotechnology to consumer goods.

Brian N. Williams

Brian N. Williams, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, challenges students to think critically so that they can diagnose—and propose solutions to—underlying problems rather than surface symptoms.

Elena Karahanna

Elena Karahanna, the L. Edmund Rast Professor of Business, studies the use of information systems in health care while helping prepare graduate students to conduct high-impact scholarship of their own.

Robert Bringolf

Robert Bringolf, an associate professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, helps students learn to evaluate information and to think critically and objectively about environmental issues.

Cheryl Gomillion

Cheryl Gomillion, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, shows students how the basics of science, technology and engineering can be applied to medical challenges.

Y. George Zheng

Y. George Zheng, an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy who develops new drug molecules and therapeutic strategies to fight cancer, teaches students medicinal chemistry principles and tactics to enable great new discoveries.

Cynthia Ward

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Cynthia Ward enjoys helping students to see how the principles they learn in the classroom apply in practice at the Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where she serves as chief medical officer.

Richard Hall

Richard Hall, an associate research scientist with a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and the department of infectious diseases in College of Veterinary Medicine, links core scientific concepts to real-world challenges in his classes.

Carolyn Medine

Carolyn Medine, professor of religion and African American studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, emphasizes that reading, writing and thinking critically and creatively are skills that students can use in any class.

Joe Phua

Joe Phua, assistant professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, helps students apply classroom concepts through hands-on experiences, such as designing digital advertising campaigns for local small businesses.

Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, founding director of the Games and Virtual Environments Lab in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, is exploring how digital technology can be used to encourage better food choices, more physical activity and better…

Harold Briggs

Harold Briggs, director of research and professor in the School of Social Work, advances the rigor of the profession by facilitating funded research while also teaching students to effectively use science in problem solving to foster well-being and positive social…

Elizabeth Burch

Elizabeth Burch, the Charles H. Kirbo Chair of Law in the School of Law, uses current events and her scholarly interests in mass torts and complex litigation to spark classroom discussion.