Melissa Scott Kozak, Ph.D., CFLE

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Lecturer; Undergraduate Program Coordinator

103A Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-6873

Fax: ‚Äč706-542-4389

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

HDFS 5900 - Pre-Internship

HDFS 4870 - Human Sexuality across the Lifespan

HDFS 4130 - Family Policy


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Child and Family Development University of Georgia 2011
M.S. Child and Family Development University of Georgia 2009
B.S. Human Development and Family Studies The University of Texas at Austin 2006


I research pedagogy through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) lens. This allows me to implement pedagogical strategies and systematically explore their effectiveness. Past research in this area includes peer review on research papers. I am actively researching the use of alternative texts (novels) in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan. I am interested in also exploring the impact of internships on students and am currently developing an interdisciplinary project around this topic. In the past, I explored family and community involvement through school gardens, looking at funds of knowledge and environmental literacy.

Current Research

Assessing instructional methods through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning perspective in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan.


Courses taught include Issues in the Family Systems, Human Sexuality across the Lifespan, and Family Policy, Family Life Education Methodology.

As Internship Coordinator, Pre-Internship and Internship.


Faculty Advisor for Student Organization: Camp for a Cause with Camp Twin Lakes

Human Development and Family Science Representative on the College Curriculum Committee

Areas of Expertise

My areas of expertise include professional development and internships, as well as family and community involvement and impact on optimal development.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Athens Technical College Adjunct Instructor 2


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Writing Fellow University of Georgia - Center for Teaching and Learning 2013
Teaching Academy Fellow University of Georgia - Teaching Academy 2013
Teacher of the Week Center for Teaching and Learning 2014
Undergraduate Mentorship Award Human Development and Family Science 2015

Journal Articles

Gonyea, J. & Kozak, M.S. (2014). Scaffolding family science student experiences to increase employment options and preparedness. Family Science Review, 19 (1).

Kozak, M.S. McCreight, J. (2013). We Grew It!: Enrichment Through Sustainable Gardening in Elementary School. Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication., 12(1), 29-37.

Lee, B.Y., Kozak, M.S., Nancoo, C.P., Chen, H., Middendorf, K., & Gale, J. (In Press 2013). Exploring dominant  discourses: Creating spaces to find voice and cultural identity. Journal of Cultural Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 20 (1).

Kozak, M.S. & McCreight, J. (2010). Collaborative Inquiry: Growing to Learn, and Learning to Grow.  Childhood Education, 87(1), 66-67.

Souto-Manning, M., & Scott, M. (2008). Book Review: Childhood Bilingualism: Research on Infancy through School Age Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal, 5(4), 265-270


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Athens Farm to School Co-director 2010-present Community
Athens Farmers Market Volunteer 2009-present Community
Athens Land Trust Community Garden Network School Garden Member 2010-2012 Community


Gonyea, J.L. & Kozak, M.S. (2015). Navigating career roadmaps: Developing your professional GPS through internships. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing.

Working Papers

Kozak, M.S. (2016). Exploring student growth in Human Sexuality. Manuscript in preparation.

Kozak, M.S. & Dove, M.K. (2014). Exploring the peer-review process on an undergraduate research paper. Manuscript in preparation.

Kozak, M.S. & Wallinga, C.W. (2014). Growing Successful Gardens and Partnerships: Tips for Teachers! Manuscript in preparation.

Kozak, M.S. & Wallinga, C.W.  (2014). Community-School partnerships in gardens. Manuscript in preparation.

Job Description

As Lecturer and Undergraduate Internship Coordinator, I am responsible for teaching HDFS content courses, as well as preparing students to find an internship and then supervise them while they are completing their academic, applied learning experience. As the Undergraduate Program Coordinator, I am responsible for retaining, recruiting and promoting our students.