Melissa Landers-Potts, senior lecturer in the department of human development and family science, has received the 2018 Creative Teaching Award from the UGA Office of Instruction.
The Creative Teaching Awards recognize UGA faculty for excellence in developing and implementing creative teaching methods to improve student learning.
These awards are presented annually on behalf of the Office of Instruction, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Provost to faculty who have demonstrated either the use of innovative technology or pedagogy that extends learning beyond the traditional classroom, or creative implementation of subject matter that has significantly improved student learning outcomes in their courses.
Landers-Potts incorporates service-learning into her adolescent development courses, in both face-to-face and online classrooms, and helps students develop a deeper understanding of the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical development of adolescents.
This year, her students partnered with iPrevail and received hands-on learning as online wellness coaches to share age-appropriate information on human development with adolescents seeking mental health support.
The company has now incorporated this model into their training for all coaches.
Landers-Potts was one of four UGA faculty members to receive the award.
The others are Jeffrey Berejikian (International Affairs), Margaret Christ (Accounting) and Simon Platt (Small Animal Medicine and Surgery).
The four faculty were notified in person with a surprise visit from Vice President Rahul Shrivastav and associate vice presidents Naomi Norman and William Vencill.
To watch a video of the surprise presentation, click here.
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