Ten University of Georgia faculty and administrators from nine schools and colleges will attend monthly meetings to learn from senior administrators on campus as well as visiting speakers from academia, business and other fields as the 2021‑2022 class of Women’s Leadership Fellows. The program, created in 2015 as part of the university’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, is expanded this year to start in early fall and run through the spring semester. Five of the ten new fellows are Franklin faculty or affiliates:
Susan B. Haire, professor of political science and director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program, a joint program between the School of Public and International Affairs and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
Jamie Kreiner, professor and head of the department of history in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on the mechanics of culture and narrative, cognition, the interplay between science and religion, and animals.
Hilda Kurtz, professor and head of the department of geography in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on the geographic dimensions of political practice, with attention to how groups of activists draw on a geographical imagination to strategize for social change.
Carolyn Jones Medine, professor of religion and director of the Institute for African American Studies in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Her research focuses on Southern American literature and religion, with an emphasis on women’s literature and theories of religion, as well as postmodern and postcolonial theory.
Meredith Welch-Devine, assistant dean in the Graduate School and adjunct professor of anthropology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Welch-Devine’s research focuses on climate change adaptation, impacts of sea level rise and extreme weather events on coastal populations, collective management of common-pool resources, and policy and practice related to conservation and sustainability.
We'll have more on these colleagues in an upcoming article, as well as the history of Franklin College faculty in the Women's Leadership Fellows Program. Congratulations to the entire 2021-2022 cohort for what promises to be an engaging year of discussions and building leadership capacity on campus.