Dean’s Update 11/6/18

November 6th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The upward momentum of UGA in all categories – research, teaching and public service – are well supported by three new and highly competitive funding initiatives launched by President Morehead and Interim Provost Libby Morris via Memorandums on October 15, 2018. I’m pleased by the response of the FACS faculty, staff, and leadership who help craft the vision, gather the supporting data and written narratives.  While the information I provide you here are the submissions, we will know within a month of any funding allocated to our college. In order by the due dates, not necessarily the priority of the funding initiatives:

Laboratory Enhancement funds, up to $1milllion has been set aside as supplement renovation funds for laboratories and major equipment updates. FACS submitted on Friday, Nov. 2 requests totaling $272,138 for essential renovations. Major Repair and Rehabilitation (MRR) will also be submitted for necessary HVAC, hoods, and other improvements to these labs, further enhancing the environment for research and instruction.

Total requested ~$275,000, department and college match $310,000

  • FDN: Five labs, 6 PIs, requiring battery power backup for ultra-low freezers, labs: Pazdro, Cooper, de La Serre, Lewis, Grider and Park
  • TMI: Three adjacent labs for textiles and biomaterials research vacated due to retirement, labs 365, 367, 367A Dawson require upgrades
  • FDN: Culinary and Nutrition Lab requires appropriate stoves, fryer, dishwashers for research/food product development to meet 21st Century standards, MRR to be submitted for additional renovations
  • TMI: Digital fabric printer for research and instruction in fashion merchandising for Dr. McAndrews

Start-up Funding Initiative provides $3million for use in filling vacant tenure and tenure-track positions for which the salary currently exists in the college and OVPR has not provided any start-up funding. The initiative is intended to assist in hiring faculty quickly to avoid long delays while colleges and schools accumulate start-up funding. Three requests were submitted by FACS on November 5. Total requested ~$400,000, department and college match $150,000.

  • FDN: Establish new nutrition sciences lab for new hire
  • FDN: Establish in first two years of hire research in translational and community nutrition of Extension Specialist, PI of USDA NIFA Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)
  • HDFS: Competitive recruitment package for social sciences research needs of Professor and Department Head

The third and final funding opportunity is the Presidential Hiring Initiative – Investment in Data Literacy and Intensive Writing. The President and Provost has set aside $1million in permanent position funding which focuses on recruiting faculty with teaching expertise that offers our undergraduate students enhanced learning opportunities in discipline-specific writing and data literacy. The two areas of priority from the Task Force report on Student Learning and Success must be addressed in the proposals. If funded, the faculty start date will be August 1, 2019. Requests for lecturers and tenure-track positions will be accepted. Proposals submitted through the dean are due this week, Friday, November 9. Proposals from FACS TBA.

Classroom Enhancements and Major Repair and Rehabilitation (MRR) funding for FY20 are due in early December. Dr. Hunt-Hurst will lead the development of Classroom Enhancement submissions. The University has set aside a modest amount of additional funding to further address deficiencies in instructional facilities to make enhancements such as upgrades to different instructional and learning styles and technologies. Only those classrooms that are part of the centralized scheduling system, or classrooms with shared responsibility across multiple colleges, are eligible to be considered. Classrooms not part of centralized scheduling will remain the responsibility of the managing unit to upgrade and/or enhance.  

MRR funding submissions will be led by Dean Fox. If approved, funding would be available in FY20 beginning July 1, 2019. Individual projects should be greater than $40,000 but should not exceed $1,000,000. Along with description of the project, a thorough justification of the need for the project, documented cost estimates, as well as an explanation of how utilization of the space will be enhanced as a result of the project are required.

Watch for future announcements regarding our success in any and all of these competitive internal funding opportunities.

PERSONNEL - Welcome New Staff!

Anne-Marie Johnson joined the Department of Human Development and Family Science on November 1, as the Business Manager II. Anne-Marie was previously the Controller with Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley and also served as the Director of Accounting and Human Resources for a pharmaceutical specialty company for several years. Anne-Marie will provide support for all aspects of fiscal duties for the department including foundation, state, grants and study away accounts. Her contact information is, 706-542-5394 and her office is 103A Dawson Hall.

Lora Shue joined the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors on Thursday, October 18, as the Business Manager I. Lora was previously the Senior Accountant with the Snap-Ed program at UGA. Lora will provide support for all aspects of fiscal duties for the department including foundation, state, sales and service, grants and study away accounts. Her contact information is, 706-542-0152 and her office is 321 Dawson Hall.

Delilah Nageotte will join the College of Family and Consumer Sciences Dean’s Office as the Human Resources Coordinator on Monday, November 19, 2018. Delilah has several years’ experience in central HR at UGA and most recently as a Human Resources Coordinator at the College of Engineering. Delilah will provide support for all Human Resource functions in the College. Her office will be in the BFO suite, 2nd floor Dawson Hall. Contact information TBA.

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

  • Sunday through Tuesday, Nov. 11 – 13 to attend Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Board on Human Sciences (BOHS) conference and meetings.
  • Next Dean’s Update the week of Nov. 12.


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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