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Professors-in-residence are UGA College of Education faculty who work 50 percent of their time in Clarke County schools supporting College of Education students through a combination of teaching on-site courses and supervising students doing field work. At the same time, they also support Clarke County School District teachers and administrators through professional learning and school-based projects.

The Professional Development School district has three professors-in-residence who serve district-wide and five who are school-based.

District-wide Professors-in-Residence

Portrait of Jennifer Elkins (social work)

Jennifer Elkins (social work)

Jennifer Elkins, associate professor in the School of Social Work, became a district-wide professor-in-residence in fall 2018. Her work focuses on professional learning for CCSD school social workers related to race, equity, other sociocultural dimensions, and trauma informed care to build their capacity to lead social justice initiatives in schools.

Portrait of Sonia Janis (secondary social studies education)

Sonia Janis (secondary social studies education)

Sonia Janis, clinical associate professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, became a district-wide professor-in-residence in fall 2017 after serving as the professor-in-residence at Cedar Shoals High School for three years. She now works with social studies teachers at three middle schools and two high schools. She supports her UGA social studies teacher candidates in classrooms as they lead small-group and collaborative projects, such as the Social Studies Fair, with students throughout the school district. She also mentors secondary social studies teachers who mentor her teacher candidates, and she partners with Laura Ambrose, the district's social studies curriculum coordinator, to provide professional learning.

Portrait of Michael Robinson (social work)

Michael Robinson (social work)

Michael Robinson, associate professor in the School of Social Work, became a district-wide professor-in-residence in fall 2018. His work focuses on professional learning for CCSD school social workers related to race, equity, other sociocultural dimensions, and trauma informed care to build their capacity to lead social justice initiatives in schools.

Portrait of Richard O. Welsh (educational policy, equity, and school discipline)

Richard O. Welsh (educational policy, equity, and school discipline)

Richard O. Welsh, assistant professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy, has been a district-wide professor-in-residence with a focus on educational policy, equity, and school discipline since January 2018. He supports the district in data analysis and policy formulation and implementation around equity issues. He is leading a mixed-methods research project on the contributors to the disparities in disciplinary outcomes in the district with particular focus the interactions between teachers and school leaders.