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About Stuart H. Tedders

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
A native of Perry, Georgia, Dr. Tedders was an original member of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) when it was founded on January 1, 2006.  Beginning his employment as an Assistant Professor in 2000 at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Tedders is a Professor of Epidemiology and currently serves as Dean of the college.  
 
Dr. Tedders earned his BS degree in Biology from Georgia Southern College in 1987.  After graduating from Georgia Southern College, he earned a MS degree in Medical Entomology from Clemson University (1989) and a PhD in Public Health from the University of South Carolina (1994).  As a former Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medical (1994 - 2000), Dr. Tedders developed a keen interest in working with rural Georgia communities and was named Georgia Rural Health Researcher of the Year in 1999 by the Georgia Rural Health Association. As a faculty member in the JPHCOPH, Dr. Tedders has served in numerous faculty and administrative capacities prior to being named the Dean, including service as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director for the Center for Rural Health and Research, and the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Community Service.
 
Dr. Tedders has worked with rural and underserved communities in Georgia for nearly 26 years. His community interactions have involved the application of epidemiologic principles, including public health surveillance, to more fully understand the complexities of rural population health status. He has considerable expertise conducting Community Health Assessments and working with rural communities to design and evaluate health promotion programs.  His research interests involve the social, economic, and educational factors that influence risk and risk perception. Dr. Tedders has served on health-related boards throughout the state including the Georgia Rural Health Association (Secretary, Treasurer), the Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Advisory Council, and Morehouse School of Medicine AHEC Advisory Board. Dr. Tedders currently serves as the Chair of the Magnolia Coastlands AHEC and Secretary of the State Office of Rural Health Advisory Board.

Positions

July 2020 - Present Dean, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
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August 2012 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
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Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences
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July 2019 - July 2020 Interim Dean, Georgia Southern University
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2012 - 2019 Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Georgia Southern University
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2011 - 2012 Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Georgia Southern University
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2006 - 2012 Associate Professor Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences, Georgia Southern University
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2000 - 2006 Assistant Professor Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Georgia Southern University
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2003 - 2005 Director, Rural Health and Research, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae


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Grants

2016 Evaluation of the Perinatal Health Program -Contract
Southeast Health District, Waycross, GA
$5,000
2016 FLEX Financial and Operational Improvement Grant
Department of Community Health
Role: PI
Colleague(s): William Mase (Co-PI)
$510,000
2014 Evaluation of the Perinatal Health Program -Contract
Southeast Health District, Waycross, GA
$10,000
2014 Union County Health Assessment- Contract
Union General Hospital, Blairsville, GA
$10,000
2012 Community Health Assessment Grant
Georgia Department of Community Health
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Raymona Lawrence (Co-Pi)
$180,421
2011 Evaluation of the Perinatal Health Program -Contract
Southeast Health District, Waycross, GA
$9,000
2011 Run 2 Nursing Program Evaluation- Contract
School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University
$7,500
2010 Evaluation of Project SeaGails- Contract
Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
$3,500
2010 SPF-SIG Needs Assessment- Contract
Pineland Mental Health
$39,657
2009 Community-Based Strategic Planning for Public Health
ealth Resources and Services Administration
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Russ Toal (PI)
$94,000
2009 Detecting Spatial Clusters of Low Birth Weight in Southeast Georgia
Office of Research Services & Sponsored Programs, Faculty Research Competition, Georgia Southern University
Role: PI
$9,948
2009 Evaluation of the Perinatal Health Program -Contract
Southeast Health District, Waycross, GA
$18,000
2009 Evaluation of “Best Babies” Perinatal Health Program- Contract
Evans County Board of Health, Claxton, GA
$18,000
2009 Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services Project – Coastal Health District- Contract
Coastal Health District
$7,000
2009 Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services Project – Ware County- Contract
Ware County Board of Health, Waycross, GA
$15,000
2007 Evaluation of the LaRED Program-Contract
Southeast Georgia Communities Project, Inc. Lyons, GA
$15,000
2007 Evaluation of the SCRUBS Project- Contract
Magnolia Coastlands AHEC, Statesboro, GA
$7,500
2007 Southwest Georgia Community-Based Initiative
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Charles Hardy (PI)
$500,000
2005 Obesity: Identifying and Intervening in the Health Crisis of the 21st
Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc. Strategic Research Investment Initiative
Role: PI
Colleague(s): Barry Joyner, Jennie Dilworth, Kathy Thornton, Mary-Kate Pung, Janet Funderburk, Jean Bartels, and Rick Carter (PIs)
$50,000
2002 A Population-based Epidemiological Investigation of Selected Cancers in Georgia
Office of Research Services & Sponsored Programs, Faculty Summer Stipend Competition, Georgia Southern University
Role: PI
$7,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Member, Covid-19 Situation Report Committee, GSU
2020 Member, Covid-19 POD Command Team, GSU
2013 - 2019 Member, College Assessment Committee, GSU
2012 - 2019 Member, College Curriculum Committee, GSU
2013 - 2014 Committee Chair, Department of Health Policy & Management Chair Search Committee, GSU
2010 - 2012 Member, Institute of Arthropodology & Parasitology Search Committee, GSU
2010 - 2012 Member, Senate Executive Committee, GSU
2009 - 2012 Member, Faculty Senate, GSU
2009 - 2011 Chair, Academic Standards Committee, GSU
2008 - 2011 Member, Academic Standards Committee, GSU
2009 - 2010 Chair, Faculty Service Committee, GSU
2007 - 2010 Member, Faculty Service Committee, GSU
2008 - 2009 Alternate, Faculty Senate, GSU
2006 - 2007 Member, Faculty Grievance Committee, GSU
2006 - 2007 Member, Pandemic Influenza Drill, GSU
2006 - 2007 Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, GSU
2005 - 2007 Member, University Wellness Council, GSU
2005 - 2006 Alternate, Faculty Senate, GSU
2003 - 2004 Member, Senate Executive Committee, GSU
2002 - 2004 Member, Academic Standards Committee, GSU
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Georgia Rural Health Researcher of the Year (1998)
  • Recipient, National Rural Health Research Agenda Conference (1999)
  • Inductee, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2012)

Courses

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation
  • Public Health Surveillance

Education

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1994 Ph.D. in Public Health, University of South Carolina
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1989 M.S. in Entomology, Clemson University
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1987 B.S. in Biology, Georgia Southern University
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Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1922
Office: Hendricks Hall

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Peer-Reviewed Publications (42)