It is an honor to be the 7th Dean of the College. My job is to provide vision and a collaborative environment for administrators, faculty, staff and students to succeed. In FACS we are studying the sciences and applying the principles of business and design in the human sciences. I am a strong advocate for the integration of research, teaching and public service to fulfill the land-grant university obligations to develop strong economics, safe and diverse communities and healthy children and families. The College has 85 faculty, 300 employees, numerous volunteers and alumni supporting 1,400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students in five departments and institutes.
Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Professor
As Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Dr. Patti Hunt-Hurst is responsible for assuring the College of Family and Consumer Sciences achieves its mission of providing excellence in a teaching and learning environment dedicated to serving a diverse and well-prepared student body, promoting high levels of faculty and student achievement, and providing academic support in all programs of the college. She will oversee the Student Success and Advising Center, all aspects of experiential learning, curriculum, assessment, and the scholarship/awards program of the college.
Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach
As the FACS Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, Dr. Allisen Penn is responsible for leading the college in fulfilling its land-grant university mission of providing Georgia’s residents, businesses and communities access to quality educational experiences and the institution’s knowledge base. Dr. Penn is a proven leader who brings extensive experience and skills to support Extension and outreach programming. She works closely with leaders from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UGA Extension, the Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach and other colleges and units for the successful application of research to priority needs of the state. She also leads through the Georgia Clinical Translational Science Alliance to address health and wellness needs, particularly in rural and underserved populations, by strengthening and expanding research collaborations with faculty from a variety of disciplines.