Dr. Gary Green was one of five University of Georgia professors honored this spring with 2017 First-Year Odyssey Teaching Awards.
Green and the other recipients were honored at a reception recently that celebrated the continued success of the First-Year Odyssey Seminar program.
Green is assistant dean of academic affairs and professor of natural resources recreation and tourism in the Warnell School, and his course, “Natural Resource Conservation Issues” is designed to help students understand past, present, and future issues in natural resource management and conservation.
Green engages students in the community through hands-on exercises; they take photos of issues they encounter and discuss them in class, and they have small-group learning assignments in which they create, administer and collect data with a survey on local natural resource conservation issues.
He also allows them to drive classroom discussion based on their observations and interests. Critical thinking is fostered through a “snowball fight” exercise where students write their perspectives of natural resource issues on paper, then crumple the paper into a ball and throw to another student who reads the statement and begins the discussion.
Other recipients were John J. Maurer in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew P. Owsiak in the School of Public and International Affairs, Janice Simon in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Beth Tolley in the College of Education.