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Gayle Andrews

  • Professor and Department Head, Department of Educational Theory and Practice (Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Teacher Education)

  • Professor-in-Residence, Professional Development School District

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Office Location

630A Aderhold Hall
110 Carlton Street
Athens, Georgia 30602

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Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Middle Grades School Improvement
  • Preservice Middle Grades Teacher Education
  • Professional Development Schools
  • Professional Learning of Middle Grades Educators
  • Integrated Curriculum
  • Service-Learning

Research Interests

  • Whole school improvement efforts in middle grades schools
  • History of efforts to improve education for young adolescents
  • Impact of professors-in-residence on middle grades teacher education (preservice and in-service)
  • Integrating curriculum across disciplinary boundaries
  • Impact of service-learning on various constituencies

Programs of Study

Research Summary

My research focuses on strengthening middle grades education for young adolescents, those ages 9-15, including studying improvement efforts in policy and practice affecting middle grades schools; the professional learning of middle grades educators and the preparation of prospective middle grades teachers, specifically on-site in a professional development school; and the history and impact of progressive philosophies and related practices such as integrated curriculum, service-learning, and democratic teaching and learning.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
PhD Social Foundations of Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1996
BSED Secondary Social Studies Education University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1984

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2019 Award for Contributions to Career Development of UGA Students University of Georgia
2018 Award for Contributions to Career Development of UGA Students University of Georgia
2012 Award for Distinguished Service National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform
2011 John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Service (Highest AMLE award) Association for Middle Level Education
2009 Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching University of Georgia
2008 Teaching Academy University of Georgia
2008 D. Keith Osborn Sr. Faculty Senate Award for Teaching Excellence University of Georgia College of Education
2004-06 Lilly Teaching Fellowship University of Georgia