Melissa Scott Kozak

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Principal Lecturer & Undergraduate Program Coordinator


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


As a Principal Lecturer, I research pedagogy through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) lens. I systematically examine the effectiveness of pedagogical strategies. I examined the:

  • peer review process
  • use of alternative texts: novels in Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan and non-fiction in Family Perspectives in Policymaking
  • impact of internships on students' personal, professional, and civic identities


Courses taught include Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan, Family Perspectives in Policymaking, and Family Life Education Methodology Service-Learning.

As Co-Internship Coordinator, Professional Development & Community Activities and Applied Community Internship.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization 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
Special Collections Library Fellow University of Georgia 2017
Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty Ambassador College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Service-Learning Fellow Office of Service-Learning 2019
Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2020
Active Learning Summer Institute (ALSI) Participant Center for Teaching & Learning 2024
Fellows for Transformative Teaching Center for Teaching & Learning 2024-25


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Athens Farm to School Co-director 2010-2015 Community
Athens Farmers Market Volunteer 2009-2015 Community
Athens Land Trust Community Garden Network School Garden Member 2010-2012 Community

Advisory Committee

Human Development & Family Science Student Association

Areas of Expertise

My areas of expertise include the scholarship of teaching and learning, family life education, service-learning, professional development, and internships.


I am a first-generation college student from Spring, Texas (Houston suburb). I graduated with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As an undergraduate student, I was involved in the Texas Families Project - examining the complexities of families after divorce, with a focus on intimate relationships, remarriage, and parent-child interactions. After graduating, I spent a year in Prague, CZ teaching English. 

As a M.S. student at the University of Georgia, I worked with the FACS Legislative Aide program to recruit students, organize events, and communicate state policy processes with college stakeholders. As a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, I worked with the Birth to Five Certification Program (in partnership with the Mary Frances Early College of Education). I supervised student teachers in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms - conducting observations and assessments (review, grading, etc.) of lesson plans and other related assignments. While a Ph.D. student, I taught at Athens Technical College in the Early Care & Education Department. Courses included Language Arts and Literature for Children, Art for Children, Social Issues, and Human Growth and Development. After earning my Ph.D. in 2011, I began teaching in my home department.


Gonyea, J.L. & Kozak, M.S. (2018). Navigating career roadmaps: Developing your professional GPS through internships (3rd Edition). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing.

Job Description

As a Principal Lecturer, I teach coursework that is required for Family Life Education Certification.

As an Undergraduate Program Coordinator, I am responsible for student recruitment, retention, and promotion of HDFS Undergraduate Students. I also collaborate with faculty and staff to plan the curriculum, schedule classes, and assess departmental Student Learning Outcomes. 

Journal Articles

Kozak, M.S. & Schlechte, K. (Fall 2018). Disarming the teaching and learning process: Deliberating in the classroom. CFLE Network, 31.4. National Council on Family Relations.

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

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