Melissa Scott Kozak
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Senior 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|
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 in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan (novels) as well and in Family Policy (non-fiction). 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.
Courses taught include Human Sexuality across the Lifespan, and Family Policy, Family Life Education Methodology.
As Internship Coordinator, Pre-Internship and 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|
|Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year||College of Family and Consumer Sciences||2020|
|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|
Co-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 the scholarship of teaching and learning, professional development and internships, as well as family and community involvement and impact on optimal development.
Gonyea, J.L. & Kozak, M.S. (2018). Navigating career roadmaps: Developing your professional GPS through internships (3rd Edition). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall-Hunt Publishing.
Assessing instructional methods through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning perspective in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan.
Assessing the integration of archival documents through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning perspective in Family Policy.
As Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Internship Co-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.
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