SEC Academic Relations

The University of Georgia and the 13 other Southeastern Conference institutions participate in collaborative higher education programs and activities administered by the SEC Academic Relations department designed to highlight the teaching, research and service accomplishments of SEC students, faculty and staff, including related successes within the Conference’s intercollegiate athletics programs. The department is led by Dr. Torie A. Johnson (Ed.D, ’17), SEC Associate Commissioner for Academic Relations.

Existing SEC Academic Relations programs include:

SEC Academic Leadership Development Program – A professional development program to identify and prepare leaders for roles within higher education. It features a university‐level curriculum designed by each SEC institution for its own participants; two, SEC‐wide three‐day workshops held on specified campuses for all participants; and a competitive fellowship for former participants. See Administrative Fellows Program.  

SEC Faculty Achievement Awards Program – These awards recognize SEC faculty with outstanding records in teaching and research and are administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. There is one winner/nominee per campus and one overall winner for the Conference, and all receive an honorarium and an award from the SEC. UGA's Loch Johnson was named the inaugural SEC Professor of the Year in 2012.

SEC Faculty Travel Program – To enhance collaboration that stimulates initiatives between SEC universities, this program provides faculty members from each SEC university the opportunity to travel to other SEC campuses to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, present lectures, conduct research and deliver performances.

For more information about SEC Academic Relations programs, please contact the University of Georgia’s SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Liaison, Dr. Meg Amstutz, Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Chief of Staff, at