Each year up to six outstanding FYO instructors are recognized for their teaching with a $2,500 award.

The award recognizes excellence in instruction as well as how effectively the seminar is connected both to the faculty member’s scholarship and the three primary goals for the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program. Award recipients are recognized at an annual reception for FYO faculty.


Award Recipients

2023 FYO recipients

Puneet Dwivedi
Associate professor in sustainability sciences
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
“Exploring Sustainable Development.

Michel Kohl
Assistant professor of wildlife management and wildlife extension specialist
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
“Cameras, Collars, and Counts: How We Monitor Georgia’s Wildlife,”

Dickie Lee
Assistant professor of music theory
Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
“The Music of Athens, GA”

Mattia Pistone
Assistant professor in petrology and volcanology with the department of geology
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
“MAGMA MIA! Understanding Active Volcanoes with Modern Petrology”

Michelle Ritchie
Assistant professor with the institute for Disaster Management, Health Policy & Management
College of Public Health
“A Field Guide to Resilience”

David Spooner
Associate professor
College of Environment and Design
“The Experience of Place”

2022 FYO Awards

Jeremy Gibbs
Assistant professor
School of Social Work
“Queer Voices: LGBTQ Social Issues Through the Lens of Movies and TV”

Hilary Hughes
Associate professor of educational theory and practice
Mary Frances Early College of Education
“Bodies, Body Images, and Capitalism”

Paul Schroeder
Professor and head of the geology department
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
“White Gold – Georgia’s billion-dollar kaolin industry”

Rohan Sikri
Assistant professor in the philosophy department
Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
“Wanderlust: Philosophies of Travel”

2021 FYO Awards

Kristina Jaskyte Bahr
Associate professor
School of Social Work
“Design Thinking for Social Innovation”

Shira Chess 
Associate professor in entertainment and media studies
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
“Board Game Design”

Erik Ness
Associate professor
Institute of Higher Education
“Research Evidence, Alternative Facts, and Fake News”

Elizabeth Saylor
Clinical assistant professor
Mary Frances Early College of Education
“HERstory”

2019 FYO Awards

Grace Ahn
Associate professor of Advertising
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
“Harnessing the Power of Digital Technology for Better Lifestyle Choices”

Todd Callaway 
Assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“Poo and You:Microbes, Our Animals, and a Safe Food Supply”

Cesar Escalante
Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
“Social Issues in Agricultural Finance—from Racial and Gender Biases, to Immigration Policies, and Microfinance”

Adam Milewski
Associate professor in the Department of Geology
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
“Water: The Most Important Resource of the World”

Doris Miller
Professor of Veterinary Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine
“Animal Forensic CSI”

Jeffrey Berejikian
Meigs professor in the Department of International Affairs
School of Public & International Affairs
“Foreign Policy and Neuroscience”

2018 FYO Awards

Kevin Burke
Associate professor of language and literary education
College of Education
“Schooling Masculinities”

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor
professor of TESOL and World Language Education
College of Education,
“Theatre for Embodied Personal and Social Change”

Jamie Cooper
Associate professor of food and nutrition
College of Family and Consumer Sciences
“Healthy Eating: Exploring Truths and Myths”

Michael Robinson
Assistant professor
School of Social Work,
“Photo Elicitation: A Day in the Life of a UGA Student: A Cultural Perspective”

Marshall Shepherd
Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
“Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and More: Studying Planet Earth from the Vantage Point of Space”

2017 FYO Awards

Gary T. Green
Assistant dean of academic affairs and professor of natural resources, recreation and tourism in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
“Natural Resource Conservation Issues”

John J. Maurer
Professor of population health
College of Veterinary Medicine
“The Zombie Plague”

Andrew P. Owsiak
Associate professor of international affairs
School of Public and International Affairs
“Unintended Consequence of Calculated Risk: The Origins of World War I”

Janice Simon
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History
Lamar Dodd School of Art
“Looking at Art in the Georgia Museum of Art”

Beth D. Tolley
Clinical associate professor of educational theory and practice
College of Education
“So, You Think You Want to Teach?”


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