Palmer named Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
April 12, 2022

Lance Palmer, a professor in the department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, is one of five University of Georgia faculty members who have been named Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professors, the university’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction.

“Meigs Professors are an elite group of faculty members at an institution that places a great value on outstanding instruction,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I congratulate the recipients of this significant honor and thank them for their exemplary dedication to our students.”

The other 2022 Meigs Professors are:

Steven P. Lewis, associate professor of physics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Rebecca Matthew, associate professor in the School of Social Work

Patricia Moore, professor of entomology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental

Sarah Shannon, associate professor of sociology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

During his time at UGA, Palmer has created and implemented innovative programs, courses and fundraising efforts on campus. His optimism and enthusiasm, combined with the innovation of his pedagogical thinking, benefit his students in the classroom and promote their long-term success.

Palmer’s focus on service-learning and professional development has given his students more than 35,000 hours of hands-on experience delivering financial services to low- and moderate-income households in the local community and state. He also has secured over $12 million in grants to support his student’s service-learning experience and success in the college’s financial planning program.

Palmer has a strong commitment to the community and has done pioneering work in his collaboration with Georgia United Credit Union and the Internal Revenue Service’s Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. In 2006, Palmer helped reestablish the VITA program at UGA, where students prepared approximately 80 tax returns that first year. Since then, thousands more returns have been filed by students in the program. Thanks to Palmer’s collaborative work, this program has since been replicated at other colleges and universities in Georgia.

Palmer is the recipient of numerous university awards and honors, including the Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Service-Learning Research Excellence Award, the Engaged Scholar Award, the Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professorship and the Lilly Teaching Fellowship.

More information about the Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships is at

This article is excerpted from a piece written by Carolyn Payton. The full article can be seen here.