SLS is truly thrilled to celebrate Professor Allen Hyde’s recognition by Georgia Tech’s SGA. Dr. Hyde, an assistant professor in the School of History and Sociology, is the recipient of the George C. Griffin Faculty of the Year Award. Dr. Hyde was nominated by his students “for engaging with issues that local Atlanta communities face and for the passion and care that he takes in his teaching.” The award recognizes outstanding commitment to students; George C. Griffin was a long-serving teacher, coach, and administrator whose legacy is one of generosity (he maintained a “hip pocket fund” to be disbursed to students in financial distress) and integrity. Dr. Hyde’s teaching reflects those qualities, as well as a deep commitment to community-based research and pedagogy. Courses such as Class, Power, and Inequality and Urban Sociology (which he teaches during the summer under the auspices of SLS’s Linked Courses program on Equitable and Sustainable Development) offer students the chance to wed theory and practice through community-based projects. He has partnered over the last two years with the Grove Park Foundation on an oral history project for which students have interviewed longtime residents of nearby Grove Park about their attitudes toward development and the threat of displacement. (You can learn more about that project in this post.) Dr. Hyde’s students have benefited enormously from his assiduous work to build these rich and reciprocal relationships and cultivate opportunities for them to learn from community members about local history, race, power, and the importance of cross-generational listening and collaboration.
Congratulations, Dr. Hyde, on this well-deserved recognition!