Karen Tinsley, a public service associate and faculty member in the FACS department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, has received the 2017 Housing Impact Award from the Housing Education and Research Association.
The award recognizes an active HERA member who has made significant contributions to the field of housing through a focused research, teaching and/or outreach initiative.
Tinsley, who serves as program director for the Georgia Initiative on Community Housing, also serves as director of the University of Georgia’s Housing and Demographics Research Center.
In its 12th year, the GICH program helps Georgia communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-driven housing and revitalization strategies.
Since its founding, 71 communities have developed and implemented locally-based housing plans through GICH.
“Dr. Karen Tinsley is one of the most intelligent professionals with whom I worked,” said Tom Rodgers, professor emeritus and former associate dean of outreach and extension at FACS. “She is able to make local officials and citizens understand complex issues. She is a very hard worker and adjusts quickly to difficult and challenging situations. Most importantly, folks that I worked with thought I was much smarter because I learned from her and depended on her knowledge and judgment.”
Tinsley also had a substantial role in shaping housing and community development education at UGA, co-teaching two service-learning courses to support this effort.
In recent semesters, students in the class have conducted housing conditions surveys, facilitated focus groups and assisted with a first-time homebuyers workshop.
“It’s an honor to be recognized with this award by members of HERA,” Tinsley said. “I am fortunate to work with such inspirational and motivating cities and local housing groups in Georgia. They are making positive changes for their communities and residents.”
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