Cara Winston Simmons, M.Ed.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences



112 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4847


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Counseling and Student Personnel Services University of Georgia In-progress
M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration University of Georgia 2007
A.B. History University of Georgia 2003


ECHD 7740, Practicum in College Student Affairs


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Living the Mission - Group University of Georgia Division of Student Affairs 2010
Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Super-Includer Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Women's Staff Leadership Institute University of Georgia Human Resources 2017

Journal Articles

Linder, C. & Simmons, C. W. (2015). Career and program choice of students of color in student affairs programs. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(4), 414-426. doi: 10.1080/19496591.2015.1081601


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Member 2016-present Professional
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Member 2015-present Professional
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Member 2015-present Professional
Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences State Student Unit Advisor 2015-present Professional
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Communication and Publicity Chair 2015-present Volunteer
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Member 2002-present Sorority
American College Personnel Association Member 2017-present Professional
TEDxUGA Advisory Council Member 2017-present Professional


Cara Simmons serves as the Director of the Student Success and Advising Center in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is responsible for directing the center’s activities around recruitment, orientation, advising, career development, student involvement and leadership, experiential learning, and student programming.

Cara received an A.B. in History with minors in Religion and Sociology and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services. Cara’s experience in student affairs at UGA includes positions in the Office of the President, the Tate Student Center Information Desk, Campus Reservations, the Office of Student Conduct, and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Graduate Affairs. Cara joined the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in August 2014.

Student Development Philosophy

I hope the work that I do allows each student to see their best self.