Office of Academic Programs

The Office of Academic Programs promotes a culture of academic excellence in line with UGA’s instructional, research, and outreach missions by developing and supporting new and existing academic programs, policies, and awards and by providing oversight for accreditation and institutional effectiveness. The office works directly with the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost to ensure that institutional academic activities reflect the goals, aspirations and mission of the institution.

Charter Lecture Series

The Charter Lecture Series was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that created UGA as the first state-chartered university in America.


The Office of Academic Programs and the Office of Special Events oversee the institution’s annual fall and spring commencement ceremonies in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar, the Graduate School, and numerous other units.

External and Internal Faculty Awards and Grants

The office coordinates various award nominations, including:

1. Regents’ Professorships
2. University Professorships
3. Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorships
4. Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards
5. Study in a Second Discipline Fellowships
6. State-of-the-Art-Conference Grants
7. SEC Faculty Achievement Award

8. SEC Professor of the Year


Leadership Training

To encourage leadership development for faculty and administrators, the office annually supports:

1. Women’s Leadership Fellows Program
2. SEC Academic Leadership Development Program 
3. Current Administrators Training

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest of all American honor societies. Election to membership is a distinguished honor, which recognizes scholarship in the liberal arts, character and high academic standing. The Office of Academic Programs supports the chapter’s activities, including the fall and spring initiation ceremonies. 

Questions? Contact Sherri Bennett at 706-542-0383 or


Signature Lectures

The Signature Lectures Series highlights select University of Georgia lectures each year that feature speakers noted for their broad appeal and compelling bodies of work. 

Questions? Contact Sherri Bennett at 706-542-0383 or