Contact the Office of Experiential Learning

Andrew H. Potter:  As the Director of University Experiential Learning, Andrew champions experiential learning at the University of Georgia, articulating a vision to various stakeholders within the university as well as community and industry partners. He is responsible for identifying and developing innovative ways to advance experiential learning, which includes further integrating experiential learning within the academic curriculum, fostering collaboration between academic units in various schools and colleges as well as local/regional community and industry partners and developing new experiential learning opportunities for students.

Formerly, Andrew was the Chief Academic Officer at Envision, one of the nation’s leading college and career readiness organizations.  In this role, he directed the organization’s academic strategy and oversaw the development of faculty, curriculum, methods, and pedagogy that provided experiential learning opportunities designed to deliver tangible college and career success multipliers for over 25,000 students in grades four through post-secondary each year.

A thought leader on experiential education and its role in preparing students for college, workforce, and life success, Andrew is a frequent presenter at educational institutions and national professional education organizations across the country.   He has presented at national conferences such as the ACT Workforce Summit, the Models Schools Conference, the National School Board Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Cushing Academy Symposium, the International Assembly for NCSS, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the Association for Experiential Education among others.

Active in state and federal education policy and workforce development, Andrew Chairs the Publications Committee for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and is an Advisory Board Member with the Coalition for Career Development.  He has worked to develop state level advocacy platforms in support of college, career, and civic readiness, while also designing experiential programming to support K-12 college and career readiness mandates in districts like the Rochester City School District (NY), Duval County Public Schools (FL), and the New York City Department of Education among others.

Andrew taught at the university and high school level for over fifteen years offering courses in economics, philosophy, history, and politics.  He holds a B.A. in History, a M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations with a minor in Modern Europe from Cal State University, and a M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, while completing additional work in Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University. | Director of the Office of University Experiential Learning | 706-542-7926

Sara Kirkpatrick  joined the Office of Experiential Learning in 2018. She manages the scholarship program and generally supports the rest of the Experiential Learning team. She also functions as the first point of contact for the program.

Sara earned a BFA in Studio Art / Photography from the University of Georgia. | Scholarship Program Coordinator | 706-542-2177

Karen W. Saunders’ primary focus is on EL internships – credit-bearing courses, non-credit internships offered throughout the university, and selected community partner internship programs.  She regularly presents to community partners as well as on-campus stakeholders to align student internship opportunities with the EL learning outcomes for inclusion on the EL transcript.

Karen earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. She started with UGA in 2010 in the Division of Student Affairs. | Internship Programs Coordinator | 706-542-1716

Kay S. Stanton joined the Office of Experiential Learning in 2016 as the Senior Programs Coordinator. She has been heavily involved in the implementation of the EL initiative and transcript. She directs the scholarship program and works closely with faculty and staff on the development of EL courses and non-credit activity proposals. She also conducts informational presentations and training workshops on the experiential learning initiative, requirement, transcript, and the EnGAge software platform.

Kay earned a BA in art from Berry College and a masters degree in historic preservation from UGA. She has worked in several roles, including student support and public relations across campus since 2000. | Senior Coordinator of Experiential Learning Programs | 706-542-9891