Dean’s Update 2/20/18

February 20th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The recommendations of the Task Force on Student Learning and Success were the topic of an in-depth discussion of the college’s Executive Committee on Feb. 19. Joining the college leadership for this session to prioritize our interests in the 12 recommendations were the undergraduate coordinators, advisors and staff of the SSAC. Associate Dean Patti Hunt-Hurst will be seeking further input and volunteers to serve on committees and pilots opportunities in the college.

The full report can be found on the Office of Vice President for Instruction 

This week OVPI announced the six-week Active Learning Summer Institute to be hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning during summer short sessions, with 16 faculty in each cohort.

More information, including eligibility criteria and application can be found at

President Morehead has designated $250,000 towards this initiative, available to tenure track and non-tenure track faculty who are teaching undergraduate courses. Preference will be given to proposals from general education, multidisciplinary, and/or large enrollment courses. Demonstrated interest and willingness to participate in peer observation is also expected of applicants.

After successful completion, selected faculty will receive a stipend of $7,500.

A fall launch event will be held in August for all faculty fellows to showcase active learning designs, which may be open to the university community.

Active Learning Classroom Initiative

President Morehead created a $1 million fund to transform select traditional classrooms with fixed chairs and tables into active learning spaces to encourage interaction and teamwork indicative of active learning pedagogy. Goals of the initiative are to:

  • Increase instructional space that is flexible to accommodate a variety of pedagogies and technologies associated with active learning.
  • Increase instructional space that is heavily used by faculty and students.

If in the departments you are interested in transforming a traditional classroom into an active learning space, first review the detailed specifications document for active learning classrooms provided by the Office of University Architects and the Facilities Management Division. If interested, then contact the Dean or Associate Dean to plan a strategy and complete the Active Learning Classroom Proposal Form and submit to William Vencill, associate vice president for instruction, at

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. March 15, 2018.


Thursday, March 22 UGA will host TED x UGA 2018, ideas worth sharing. The program will be at the Classic Center, 7:00-10:00 pm and costs $15 student, $20 non-student. Registrations opened Feb. 1 so go online now before they are sold out.

Two FACS alumnae among those selected to present are:

DeRetta Cole Rhodes is the chief human resources officer for YMCS of Metro Atlanta. She is a FACS graduate, BSHE, and earned her PhD in Adult Education from UGA College of Education. Her experiences in the workfare inspired her focus on female leadership in corporate America.

Apurba Banerjee graduated with her PhD in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Sciences in TMI, Dec. 2017. In her talk, she intends to present a positive perspective on plastics and inform the public of the urgent need for biodegradable plastics.

Congratulations to you both!

Change in When Grades Are Due

Please be aware that grades are due on May 7th at 12:00 noon instead of 5:00 pm as in years past. 

University Diversity Representatives

In an ongoing effort to enhance the diversity efforts at the University of Georgia, the Office of Institutional Diversity requested appointments for diversity representatives from each college and school.  After receiving nominations from the department heads, these two faculty were asked to serve as our college representatives.

Kenneth White, assistant professor, FHCE, one year term

Art Grider, associate professor, FDN, two-year term. 

Please join me in thanking these individuals for their willingness to serve.

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

  • Thursday, February 22-23, Clinical Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) Conference, Braselton
  • Thurs. March 8, Development travel to Savannah with Tricia White
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 6


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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