Dean’s Update 1/8/19

January 8th, 2019 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda

FACS: Preparing for our second century

Invigorated by a yearlong celebration of its 100-year anniversary throughout 2018, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is already looking ahead to its second century with ambitious goals of building upon its legacy of leadership and service.

The college’s Faculty Advisory Committee is helping guide the FACS Future Focus Symposium in October to develop the college plans for 2020-2025.

We will be seeking your input as we look to chart our future by expounding on the themes that helped define our first 100 years.

During the centennial year celebration, which included publication of a pictorial history book, a gala that recognized more than 100 people who have made significant contributions to the college and the establishment of a special centennial endowment scholarship, we learned much about what makes us unique.

Our commitment to public service, outreach, teaching and research, was prevalent from the beginning and still drives us today.

As we look to the future, we seek to commit to a culture of diversity and inclusion, engage with and energize our alumni and continue to enhance our facilities to provide world-class research and training opportunities.

We also know our future depends on nurturing partnerships, embracing entrepreneurship and innovation.

As we turn the page from our first century, your input will be critical in helping us shape the next 100 years of FACS, or at least the next five years!

Graduate Student Travel Funds Due Tuesday, January 15

Just a reminder that Graduate Student Travel Funding Requests are due to the Dean's office by the close of business Tuesday, January 15, 2019.  The guidelines and request form may be found at:   Each request must be signed off by both the department head and the graduate coordinator before the request is forwarded to the Dean's office for consideration.  


Currently enrolled undergraduates and graduates students at UGA, Fort Valley State, Georgia Southern University, and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College are encouraged to inter with Cooperative Extension services. The Student Extension Internships/Experience Fund named in honor of Don Bower, HDFS professor and extension specialist emeritus, accepts applications by the Friday, January 25 deadline. Information is posted to the web site

Please spread the word!


Research based lessons for weight loss and chronic disease prevention, offered by UGA Extension for all UGA employees

  • Team up with others to be physically active together!
  • Learn how to prepare healthy and delicious food
  • Get support to make the changes you want to make
  • Learn how to change your eating and physical activity habits to lose weight
  • Class schedule – January 22 – April 16 (No class March 12)
  • North campus: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, with optional walk till 1 pm, Training and Development Building
  • South campus: 4:30 – 5:30 pm, with optional walk till 6 pm, Hoke Smith Building, 2nd floor conference room
  • Lessons and group walks will be led by Jackie Dallas, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, Athens-Clarke County

REGISTRATION is required for this FREE program. Go to and follow the link to register!


Click Here to view the Active Learning Summer Institute promo video, featuring 2018 Institute faculty!

Spring/Summer Faculty Learning Series & Faculty Cohort Programs

The Office of Faculty Affairs is continuing to improve and expand our workshops and cohort programs for faculty development, learning and success. More detailed descriptions of our workshop and faculty learning cohort programs are posted online and listed in the attached flyer.


  • The Faculty Learning Series will continue weekly through the end of April and will focus on career development, leadership, diversity and productivity. Our first workshop, “How to Stay Sane as a New Faculty Member,” will be held on Monday, January 7 from 11:15 a.m. – 4:30 pm. Please register by emailing
  • Promotion and Tenure Procedures Workshop, January 30 from 2 – 4 p.m. and March 12 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Promotion and Tenure Dossier Workshop, February 13 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and April 2 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Faculty Learning Cohorts

  • In the Aspire Fellows Program, mid-career or senior faculty will build upon their existing successes and strengths to realize new aspirational goals and achievements. This 10-month program involves monthly cohort meetings and weekly check-ins. Deadline for nominations will be announced later this semester.
  • The Creating a Sustainable Writing Program is helping scores of faculty improve their writing productivity. The spring cohort has already begun, but a summer cohort will begin in May.

Active Learning Summer Institute – APPLY BY FEB. 1

President Morehead has designated funds for the 2019 Active Learning Summer Institute to help faculty incorporate active learning strategies into their courses. 

The online application is due Friday, February 1. Current full-time faculty (tenure track or non-tenure track) who are teaching in the 2018-2019 academic year can apply.

The Summer Institute, divided into two three-week programs, will be hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty will participate in workshops and receive extensive support in designing or re-designing a course around
 active learning principles and practices.

Faculty selected for the Institute will receive a $7,500 stipend.
Questions? Ask FHCE faculty who participated in 2018, Kenneth White and Diann Moorman or contact the CTL.


The Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) is an inter-institutional magnet that concentrates basic, translational, and clinical research investigators, community clinicians, professional societies, and industry collaborators in dynamic clinical and translational research projects. Emory engaged three of its close academic partners - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and the University of Georgia (UGA) - to form the Georgia CTSA. This partnership, a strategic multi-institutional alliance, offers compelling, unique, and synergistic advantages to research and patients statewide.

The 2019 conference will be Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 – March 1 at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA. Cost of registration is $50 per person. Registration closes Feb. 8th. Learn more at


The University of Florida (UF) Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) have been selected as this year’s recipients of CLIC funds and support to host a CTSA Program-wide Un-Meeting. Their event will focus on catalyzing new collaborations to bridge the translational science and agricultural extension sectors to improve rural health and health equity. The event will take place April 3 in Gainesville, FL.


The Office of Research announces the FY2020 cycle for the Junior Faculty Seed Grants in STEM (formerly known as Faculty Research Grants in Science and Engineering)​. These grants are designed to support and encourage the development of a strong program of research or scholarship by early-career tenure-track faculty in the sciences and engineering. Grants are intended to fund pilot research that can be used to leverage extramural research grant opportunities.

​Significant changes to the program have been made; consult the FJSG FAQs page to learn about these changes. Also, consult the Office of Research website for the revised guidelines (


The deadline for proposal submission will be February 15, 2019. ​ ​

​Note that an earlier eligibility pre-certification deadline applies for some applicants who have existing funding at the time of application. Successful grants will start July 1, 2019 (FY2020). 


Congratulations to Dr. Denise C. Lewis, Associate Professor in HDFS who will have her Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research the focus of a two-month exhibit at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center, Mobile, AL, February through March. Her work in the Cambodian and Laotian communities will be featured using the democratic power of photovoice. Raise 251 began as an exploration into hidden or overlooked issues affecting community health in Mobile. This second iteration, Raise 251.2, takes a deep dive into the culture, economy, and traditions of the Cambodian and Laotian communities seeded in Bayou La Batre. By taking a focused look at these communities’ approach to food, work, and faith, we are expanding and diversifying the parameters of how health is defined in the community. The opening celebration will be Friday, Feb. 8, for more information see

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • Wednesday – Friday, January 23-25, Georgia Association of Teachers in Family and Consumer Sciences (GATFACS) Savannah.
  • Saturday, January 26, Bulldog 100 Alumni Recognition Event, Atlanta.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be the week of January 22, 2019.


Linda Kirk Fox

Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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