Dean’s Update 10/10/18

October 10th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


A wide array of events, special guests and alumni speakers are planned for by the departments and units of the college for the 4th annual FACS Week, our annual showcase week. In 2018 we are Celebrating a Century of Excellence during FACS Week

FHCE and Sherle Brown and Andy Carswell, will host a panel discussion featuring representatives from the Georgia Real Estate Commission will be held in 110 Dawson Hall beginning at 9:30 a.m.

FACS’ Active Learning Fellows Diann Moorman and Kenneth White will present a seminar about the UGA Active Learning Summer Institute on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 pm in 310 Dawson Hall.


The College graduate faculty have completed development of new Policies and Procedures for Graduate Program Faculty which are posted on our Policies and Procedures web site

We had a Quorum with 73% eligible faculty voting. The policies were approved by 95% in favor. In addition, the 96% of current Graduate Faculty who voted expressed support that current Graduate Faculty be grandfathered and are now considered Graduate Program Faculty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. We submitted our new guidelines to the Graduate School to add to their inventory of College Guidelines.


Dr. Debbie Murray announced earlier this month after six years as Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension in Family and Consumer Sciences she will be resigning with the intent to retire effective June 30, 2019.

A job description has been approved and the search committee will be convened in the near future to seek applicants. The screening date will be January 30, 2019 and the position open until filled. Start date is anticipated to be July 1st.

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Lynn Bailey, FDN Department Head. Other members of the committee include:

Andrea Scarrow, SE District Director, UGA Extension

Lisa Jordon, SW District Program Development Coordinator (PDC)

FACS Extension

Joan Koonce, FACS Extension Specialist, Financial Planning, Housing, Consumer Economics (FHCE)

Sue Chapman, Assoc. Director, 4-H Youth Development

Michael Martin, UGA Extension Director of County Operations

Paul Brooks, Associate Vice President, Public Service and Outreach

Megan Ford, ASPIRE Clinic

Mark Wilson, Assoc. Dean, College of Public Health (CPH)

Staff support

Janet Fowler, Admin Specialist, FACS Dean’s Office


Dr. Emilie Smith of the college’s department of Human Development and Family Science announced in August that she is stepping down from the job as department head at the end of the calendar year. She will take a professional leave for the spring semester in Washington D.C. as a Scholar in Residence at the Society for Research in Child Development, then rejoin HDFS as a tenured faculty member.

Working with the five full professors in the department, a job description has been approved for the search for internal and external candidates to apply for the position of HDFS Department Head. The screening date will be January 15, 2019 and the position open until filled. Start date is anticipated to be August 1st.

The search committee is chaired by Dr. Patti Hunt-Hurst, Associate Dean. Other members of the committee include:

Steve Kogan


Ted Futris

Associate Professor

Diane Bales

Associate Professor

Desiree Seponski

Assistant Professor

Melissa Kozak

Senior Lecturer

Leslie Anderson

Graduate Student

Jody Clay-Warner

Department Head, Sociology

Janet Fowler

Dean’s Office Staff supporting the search committee

The search process will be aided by UGA’s internal administrative recruitment resource called The Search Group. Michael Luthi and his staff will support Dr. Hunt-Hurst and the college in conducting the search.


On behalf of the College and the Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS), I am pleased to announce Dr. Brenda Cude will serve as the HDFS Interim Department Head effective January 1, 2019 and will be approximately seven months in duration as we complete the search and appointment process to hire the permanent Department Head August 1, 2019.

While Brenda’s faculty appointment continues in the College in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics (FHCE), the primary duties of Interim Department Head in HDFS are expected to occupy at least one-half her time and be in the areas of personnel, reports, collaborations, and budgetary decisions in consultation with the Dean of the College and the HDFS Business Manager, TBD following completion of a search, and personnel in the College’s Business and Finance Office.


The University System of Georgia (USG) has released preliminary information about benefits open enrollment, scheduled to be held October 29 – November 9, 2018.

Information Sessions

As in previous years, UGA will be holding open enrollment information sessions to go over the changes for 2019.

Open Enrollment Employee Meeting – Tuesday, October 16 at the UGA Chapel (online Collaborate session will be available) 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Open Enrollment Employee Meeting – Monday, October 29 at the GA Center, Masters Hall 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Benefits Fair – Thursday, October 23 at the GA Center, Masters Hall 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Flu Shots will be provided at the Benefits Fair at no charge with UGA Id and BCBS insurance card.

You can find open enrollment details on the HR website ( in the “HR NEWS” box.

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

  • Next Dean’s Update the week of Oct. 22.


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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