Cooper named FACS interim associate dean
Faculty member Jamie Cooper has been named interim associate dean in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, effective August 1, 2021.
Cooper will continue in her roles as the Bill Flatt Professor in the department of nutritional sciences and director of the UGA Obesity Initiative.
“In addition to conducting important research and serving as an outstanding mentor to several graduate students, Dr. Cooper has provided excellent leadership in her role as director of the UGA Obesity Initiative,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said. “She will be an asset to the college in this new role as interim associate dean.”
As interim associate dean, Cooper will collaborate with department heads, undergraduate and graduate coordinators and administrators at the college and university levels to help grow the college’s reputation and increase financial resources in support of academic programs.
Cooper also will provide oversight for the college’s Student Success and Advising Center and will begin to facilitate the college’s strategic planning goals related to growing research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“I’m excited about this opportunity and look forward to collaborating with college leadership to continue the upward trajectory of FACS,” Cooper said.
Cooper participated in the UGA Women’s Leadership Fellows Program in 2019-20, was a member of the FACS research, innovation, and entrepreneurship strategic planning committee and served on the FACS faculty advisory committee. She also has served as the department’s graduate coordinator in addition to directing the emphasis in sports nutrition.
Prior to her arrival at UGA in 2015, Cooper served as associate department chair in the department of nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University.
Sheri Worthy, the Samuel A. and Sharon Y. Nickols Professor who serves as associate dean for academic programs, was named the college’s interim dean in May by UGA Provost Jack Hu, effective Aug. 1 upon Fox’s retirement after 10 years in the role.