Dean’s Update 2/12/19

February 12th, 2019 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


In his annual State of the University Address on January 30th, President Morehead laid out plans to further advance the university. Stating the growth of research at UGA over the last five years of his Presidency and annual statewide economics impact have “a big impact on individuals, families, and communities.”

He also unveiled the strategic planning process The new plan will guide the university from 2020, when the current plan expires, to 2025. A Strategic Planning Committee comprised of deans, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to develop a five-year strategic plan ranging from 2020 to 2025. The committee will develop three to five goals in each of three mission-centered Strategic Directions:

  • Promoting Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Growing Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening Partnerships with Communities across Georgia and around the World

Input is sought from all UGA employees, faculty, staff and students, via the online survey, open now until Feb. 25. A valid UGA MyID and password are required to access the form. Only aggregated results will be shared with the committee.

Endsley-Peifer Student Research Awards

Nominations are now open to select the Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award recipients The award recognizes students whose research during graduate school made significant contributions to advancing knowledge in one or more specialty areas comprising the College. Particular emphasis will be given in recognition of the research that promises to enhance the physical and/or social quality of life for families.

Nominations are to come from the Graduate Coordinators in each department. Students eligible are those who have a peer-reviewed, serial publication for dissemination of their research. Students must be sole or senior authors, or provide documentation that they made equal contributions as junior authors. Each department may submit one name, along with the paper, for consideration. Currently, there will be two $500 awards - one for physical/biological science and one for behavioral/social science.

The winners of the award will be recognized at the FACS Celebrating Excellence Luncheon in October.

Graduate Coordinators, please submit your nominations to in the Dean's Office by 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, since the due date of Friday, March 15 is spring break week.


Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) would like your assistance to encourage undergraduate research mentees to submit an abstract to the CURO Symposium (April 8-9) so that all colleges can showcase the quality and wide diversity of research conducted by UGA undergraduate students. The deadline for the submission has been extended to February 13. Please bear in mind that we encourage all undergraduate researchers to submit an abstract, whether or not they are in the Honors Program, have enrolled in CURO coursework, or have received funding from CURO. Also, the students need not have reached a point where they can report on final results. They are welcome to submit abstracts on work in progress. CURO Symposium webpage:

Please email if you have any questions.


On behalf of IFHE Acting President Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt and the IFHE Congress Organising Committee regarding the XXIV IFHE World Congress 2020 in Atlanta, USA to the theme: "Home Economics: Soaring Toward Sustainable Development".

For more information please look under the Congress Website

IFHE Website 

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 14, FACS Day at the Capitol, Atlanta
  • Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1, attend state-wide conference of Georgia Clinical and Translational Alliance (GCTSA), Callaway Gardens, GA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be the week of February 25, 2019.


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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