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Melissa Landers-Potts

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Melissa Landers-Potts is a senior lecturer and advisor to the HDFSA

117 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


Curriculum Vitae


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science University of Georgia 1998
M.A. Sociology University of Georgia 1994
B.A. Sociology/Anthropology Carleton College 1990


Dr. Landers-Potts is interested in how socioeconomic status/overall access to tangible resources and social capital, as well as race/ethnicity influence the success of children as they grow--particularly as these contexts relate to their educational outcomes.  Generally, she studies and incorporates into her teaching the importance of recognizing the ways that marginalization of people impedes optimal development and how this can be recognized and addressed.  Recently, she has also written, presented and taught about the effect and implications of new technologies on family members and their development.  Additionally, she frequently presents on the design of online service-learning courses.


Family Development, Lifespan Development,  Adolescence, Diversity/Structural Inequality, Effect of Technology on Human Development


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2010
Teacher of the Year College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2013
UGA Student Government Association Teacher of the Year UGA Student Government Association 2017-2018
UGA Service-Learning Award UGA Office of Service-Learning 2018
UGA Creative Teaching Award UGA Office of the Vice President of Instruction 2018
Cognella/National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Innovations in Teaching Award Cognella Publishing Company and National Council on Family Relations 2018
Family & Consumer Sciences 100 Centennial Honoree College of Family & Consumer Sciences 2018
UGA Teaching Academy Inductee UGA Teaching Academy 2020


Dr. Landers-Potts teaches a service-learning section of an Adolescent Development course each semester in which students become online peer mentors to adolescents and emerging adults across the globe by way of sharing and discussing the developmental information they are learning about these life stages.

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Development, Economic hardship, Race-ethnicity and Child/Adolescent Well-Being; Technology & Human Development

Current Classes

HDFS 2200 & 2200H:  Lifespan Development

HDFS 3700 & 3700S:  Adolescent Development

HDFS 4330:  Diversity in Human and Family Development

HDFS 4900:  Seminar in Medical Technology, Ethics & Human Development

Current Research

Effects of economic stress and race on children/adolescents via family process pathways, the effects of electronic communication on the well-being of military youth, and the pedagogical effects of a universal, department-wide writing rubric.

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