Dean’s Update 2/16/16

February 16th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Please join Sharon Nickols, Dean Emerita and editor of “Remaking Home Economics: Resourcefulness and Innovation in Changing Times,” along with contributing authors Rick Lewis, FDN UGA Foundation Professor, Elizabeth Andress, FDN Professor, and Extension Food Safety Specialist and Emma Laing, FDN Associate Research Scientist for a panel discussion regarding the .

The event will take place Thursday, February 25, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Dawson Hall, Room 306. Book signing and refreshments will follow the discussion. We invite interested faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college to join us!


In spring 2015 we were visited by Dean Jung Sung Yeo, Seoul National University (SNU) College of Human Ecology (CHE). The new dean is Dr. Keum Taek Hwang. He leads the college which has four departments, Consumer Science, Child Development and Family Studies, Food and Nutrition, and Textile and Clothing. CHE has MOUs with colleges similar to FACS colleges at Cornell, Ohio, Iowa, and Maryland. MOU can facilitate and encourage the faculty research collaboration and participation in international programs. Joint Study Tours are another possibility. For example, in the past year, the University of Kentucky and the Iowa State University had student study trips supported by SNU CHE. 

Thanks to Jung Sun Lee in FDN and TMI faculty Yoo-Kyoung Seock, Soyoung Kim, and Laura Jolly, the college has completed the process for UGA and SNU to have a sign International Cooperative Agreement for five (5) years to engage in educational, research and other service activities for mutual benefit of the institutions, faculty and students. Ask your department head or the dean’s office for a copy of the ICA.

In the college, we are setting up a committee, chaired by Dean Fox to explore many avenues of potential collaborative activities, exchanges, visiting scholars or study abroad programs. If you are interested in joining this college committee on FACS and SNU International Cooperation, please contact Sherri Stephens before March 4th. Please share this opportunity with graduate students as well as interested faculty and staff.

For your information, Seoul National University is considered by many to be “the Harvard” of South Korea’s universities. SNU comprises sixteen colleges and six professional schools, and a student body of about 28,000. It has two campuses in Seoul: the main campus in Gwanak and the medical campus in Jongno. According to data compiled by KEDI, SNU spends more on its students per capita than any other university in the country that enrolls at least 10,000. The university holds a memorandum of understanding with over 700 academic institutions in 40 countries, the World Bank, and the country's first ever general academic exchange program with the University of Pennsylvania. The Graduate School of Business offers dual master's degrees with Duke University, ESSEC Business School, and the Peking University, double-degrees at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Yale School of Management, and MBA-, MS-, and PhD-candidate exchange programs with universities in ten countries on four continents. [Source: Wikipedia]

One more thing, Korea is hosting the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) in Daejeon, July 31 through August 6, 2016 Early bird registration deadline is March 31st.

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 Sherri Stephens in the Dean's Office by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2016.


The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) invites submissions for its 2016 CURO Symposium, which will be held at the Classic Center on Monday, April 4, and Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Opening remarks and awards will take place on April 4. The CURO Symposium provides undergraduates from all disciplines the opportunity to present faculty-mentored research and creative works. Online submission closes Friday, February 12, 2016. More information can be found here:


The Center for Teaching and Learning currently is accepting applications for the 2016-2018 Lilly Teaching Fellows program. Faculty in their first, second or third year of a tenure-track position at UGA are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on March 11. Information and application materials can be found at For more information, contact Jean Martin-Williams, the director of the program, at


The Office of Service-Learning is accepting applications until March 18 for the 2016-2017 Service-Learning Fellows program. Complete application materials along with examples of previous Fellows projects are available at An information session for interested faculty will be held Feb. 29 from 4-5 p.m. at the Office of Service-Learning, 1242 ½ South Lumpkin Street. For questions related to application, contact Shannon O. Wilder, director, Office of Service-Learning at or 706-542-0535.


The Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Faculty Fellowship Program offers a semester-long opportunity for tenure-track or tenured faculty members to partner directly with a University of Georgia PSO unit on projects that help integrate outreach into their teaching and research. The deadline for submission of proposals for the Fall semester Public Service and Outreach (PSO) Fellowship program is March 25, 2016.

The program’s purpose is for Fellows to enhance their academic courses, conduct research (e.g., applied, community-based, policy, program, evaluation) and apply their academic expertise to outreach initiatives. An anticipated outcome of the Fellowship experience is sustained involvement with scholarly activities related to outreach once Fellows return to their academic departments. Guidelines may be found at


Nominations for both the 2015 40 Under 40 and the 2016 Bulldog 100 are open. The UGA Alumni Association 40 Under 40 program recognizes UGA's exceptional young alumni who are achieving great success in their professional and personal endeavors, while the Bulldog 100 honors the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. 

Nominations for 40 Under 40 will close on April 10. Bulldog 100 nominations will close on June 1


Ms. Kizmet Adams is the new UGA Work/Life Balance Coordinator. Adams earned her J.D. from the UGA School of Law and has served Georgia Law in a number of capacities for nearly 20 years, most recently as associate director of international professional education. She can be reached at, 706-542-5211.


Reminder, you can pick up complimentary tickets to the Lady Dogs home game on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 against Arkansas with tip off at 7 p.m. in the Dean’s Office, Dawson 224. Please join us, faculty, staff and your family! When attending the game, be sure to sign in at the Smith Street concourse area so we can track attendance. The college with the Dean that brings the most guests will be recognized as the winner!


Mr. Ahmaud Templeton will join our Student Success and Advising Center staff as a new academic advisor, pending final HR approval processes. This new advisor position was allocated to the college by the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction as further investment by the university to maximize the quality of advising and improve the student-to-advisor ratio at UGA. For more information on the advising initiative, read the latest OVPI blog

Ahmaud comes to us well prepared, having experience as a student success mentor at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC, and as an academic program assistant at UGA in 2014 for the Duke TIP Summer Studies program. He holds a degree in philosophy from UGA and an MS in college counseling and student development from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His start date in FACS is early March.

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

  • Friday, February 26, development travel, Atlanta
  • Tuesday through Friday, March 8-11, attend Board on Human Sciences annual conference, Washington, DC.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be March 1, 2016


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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