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Melissa Scott Kozak

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Senior Lecturer; Undergraduate Program Coordinator

119 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Curriculum Vitae


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


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


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.

Current Research

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.

Job Description

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.

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

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