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

Donna Alvermann, Distinguished Research Professor of Language and Literacy Education and Omer Clyde and Elizabeth Parr Aderhold Professor in Education, wants her students to view learning as an ongoing and impassioned process.

John F. Greenman, professor and the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Chair for Excellence in Journalism, is embracing entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation to shape the future of the news media.

Sarah Covert, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, provides students with practical skills and a better understanding of the biological world around them.

Wayde Brown, an associate professor in the College of Environment and Design and assistant dean of research, says that historic preservation ultimately is about people rather than places.

Sonia Altizer, an associate professor in the Odum School of Ecology, is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the White House.

Jean Martin-Williams, who directs the horn studio in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, successfully combines her passions for teaching and performing. 

Jay Mancini, the Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor at UGA, and his students are conducting research that seeks solutions to the challenges that families face.

Charles Bullock, who holds the Russell Chair in Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs, wants his students to be politically active all their lives. 

William Finlay, professor and department head in sociology, says he thinks of his discipline as a kind of toolkit to explain human behavior.

Phaedra Corso has been part of the creation and development of UGA’s College of Public Health and hosts the TV show Public Health Impact on WUGA-TV. 

Mark Huber is director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the Terry College of Business and plays a leadership role with the UGA Teaching Academy.

Christine Franklin is passionate about teaching statistics and believes that statistical literacy is essential for all citizens in today’s data-centric world.

Trisha Reeves, associate professor in the School of Social Work, uses the classroom experience to demonstrate how knowledge derived from research informs new understandings of human behavior.

Beth Phillips, Rite Aid Professor in Community Pharmacy and director of the residency program at the VA Community Outpatient Clinic in Athens, encourages her residents to integrate teaching with scholarship and service, a practice that she follows closely.

David Berle, an associate professor of horticulture, won the 2011 Scholarship of Engagement Award for his public service and outreach work and the service-learning opportunities he has provided to students.