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CED Faculty Tenure and Promotion News

Cari and Scott
Congratulations to Assistant Professor Scott Nesbit and Associate Professor Cari Goetcheus who both learned via letters from UGA President Jere Morehead on February 7, 2020 that they had successfully navigated the tenure and promotion process!

cari and scott with group celebrating

Dr. Scott Nesbit, promoted with tenure to Associate Professor, works in the fields of digital and public history, and particularly investigates the history and spaces of the American South. Dr. Nesbit earned a PhD in history at the University of Virginia in 2013, where he wrote about the geography of slavery and emancipation in the Civil War South. From 2009 until 2014 he was the associate director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond where he led digital history projects such as Visualizing Emancipation (, which used a wide array of textual sources—ranging from military correspondence to runaway slave advertisements found in southern newspapers–to map out where and when slavery fell apart during the American Civil War. Dr. Nesbit’s work at the University of Georgia has included collaborative digital projects and investigations of the relationship between universities and slavery. For more information please visit Dr. Nesbit’s website (

Cari Goetcheus, promoted to Full Professor, has expertise in cultural landscape research, documentation and management. Over her career, Ms. Goetcheus has worked in the public, private and academic sectors. As a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service (NPS) in Atlanta, GA and Washington, D.C., Cari worked with the Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI) program. In Washington, D.C. she further worked with NPS regional colleagues to assist the then 396 national parks on a variety of cultural landscape issues. In private practice, Ms. Goetcheus worked in both traditional landscape architecture offices on master plans, site designs and construction drawings, as well as in preservation firms known for their cultural landscape work and developing National Heritage Areas. On a volunteer basis at the national level, Cari was instrumental in developing the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) program and its documentation guidelines. At UGA Goetcheus teaches courses in historic preservation and cultural landscapes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cari also directs the CED Cultural Landscape Laboratory (, which during Spring Break 2020 provided 7 CED students work experience learning how to document cultural landscapes at an 18th century Danish sugar plantation in Virgin Islands National Park. For further information visit Ms. Goetcheus’ website (

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