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UGA Service-Learning Awards

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 11:51am

Congratulations to Bettina Kaplan, associate professor of Spanish, and Peter Smagorinsky of the College of Education who were named recipients of the 2014 Service-Learning Excellence Awards:

The awards, established in 2011 by the Office of Service-Learning, recognize distinction in teaching and research related to academic service-learning.

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Since 2002, Kaplan has taught the course "Spanish Practicum for Service-Learning," which she designed to engage students in applying their Spanish knowledge to opportunities including parent-teacher conferences, tutoring and healthcare referrals. She also developed and taught a version of the course for five semesters in UGA's Buenos Aires study-abroad program, as well as a First Year Odyssey course supporting Spanish adult literacy for immigrants in the Athens community. Kaplan was previously recognized as a 2012-13 Service-Learning Fellow.

Both of these faculty members are having a very big impact on their profrssion as well as the institution of higher education. No two more exemplary faculty members, and especially of the service component of our mission, than these two. Big congratulations.

Image of Bettina Kaplan courtesy of UGA Photographic services.

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