College of Education and Human Development

Family Social Science

Jennifer George

  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

  • Assistant Professor

Jennifer George

Areas of interest

Family dynamics
intergenerational relationships
social influences on relationship development
human development in educational contexts


Ph.D., Education. University of Rochester, Emphasis in Human Development in Educational Contexts
M.P.S., Community Services Administration, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
B.S. in Health Education, Pennsylvania State University


Dr. George has taught at a variety of levels, including K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and adult education. Additionally, prior to teaching in higher education she had a career as a community services provider, middle school health teacher, and afterschool program director. Dr. George’s teaching and research interests lie in the connections between families, schools, and communities, as well as equity and inclusion, and embracing the variation between and amongst individuals, families, and communities. Across her career, she has distinguished herself as an expert and resource among her colleagues by engaging curriculums and pedagogies that attend closely to being responsive to students and communities using orientations to equity and justice.


Gonyea, J.L., Landers-Potts, M., George, J.L., Kozak, M.S. (2018, October 27). Reinforcing excellence in writing: A universal, departmental writing rubric. Presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Bergen, NO.

Oshri, A., Topple, T., Carlson, M., George, J., & Liu, S. (2016, November). Positive youth development and resilience: Growth trajectories of social skills among youth investigated for maltreatment. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.


George, J.L. (2018, June 26). Education as a privilege: Contextualizing personal capital to address educational inequality. Presented at the Teaching Family Science Conference, Park City, UT. National

George, J.L. & Kozak, M.S. (2018, June 26). The answer isn’t always C: Stretching student learning through authentic assessment. Presented at the Teaching Family Science Conference, Park City, UT. National

Landers-Potts, M. Kozak, M.S., Gonyea, J.L., George, J.L (2017, October 20). A universal, departmental writing rubric. Innovation in Teaching Conference, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA. State-wide

George, J.L. & Kozak, M.S. (2017, April 4). Opting out by leaning in: Bringing authentic assessment into applied science. Society for Research on Child Development, Developmental Science Teaching Institute, Austin, TX.

George, J. L. (2016, October). Teaching diversity using a social norms approach. Teaching overview presented at the Innovation in Teaching Conference, University of Georgia College of Education, Athens, GA.

George, J. L. (2016). Beyond a single story: Using Ecological Systems Theory as a Scaffold for Writing and Critical Thinking. Presented at the Teaching Family Science Conference, Estes Park, CO. National

Kozak, M. S., George, J. L.., Gonyea, J. L., & Landers-Potts, M. A. (2016, June). It’s not gospel: Moving beyond the (hetero)norm in the Bible Belt. Presented at the Teaching Family Science Conference, Estes Park, CO.

George, J.L. (2011, March). Relationships without sex: Gender differences in parent-child conversations. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.