Dean’s Update 2/21/17

February 22nd, 2017 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The spring College Assembly will be Tuesday, April 4, 3:30 pm in Conner Hall 104. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us for important college updates, Q&A, and introductions to university and college initiatives.


The Office of Service-Learning is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Service-Learning Fellows program. Applications are due Monday, March 20, 2017. This year-long faculty development program provides an opportunity for participating faculty to explore best practices in service-learning and community engagement while developing new service-learning courses or considering ways to integrate service-learning into existing courses or programs. Complete application materials, along with examples of previous Fellows projects, are available at Up to 8 faculty members will be selected for participation and will receive a $2500 faculty development award. All permanent, full-time UGA faculty members (academic tenure track, academic professionals, public service faculty, clinical faculty, and lecturers) with an interest in service-learning are eligible. Previous experience with service-learning is not required. For questions related to application, please contact Dr. Shannon O. Wilder, Director, Office of Service-Learning at or 706-542-0535.

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, 2017.


Good news for TMI faculty Sharma Sharma, associate professor, Sergiy Minko, Georgia Power Professor of Fibers and Polymers, and Emeritus Professor Ian Hardin. They received notice from the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. and Innovation Gateway on the issuance of U.S. Utility Patent Number 9,506,187 titled “Textile Dyeing Using Nanocellulosic Fibers”. The issuance of a Patent is in direct correlation with the quality and importance of research and a point of pride for the University, the UGA Research Foundation, and the College. Inventors of issued patents will be recognized in an Inventors Recognition Lunch this spring. Join me in congratulating these faculty.


Friday, March 24 UGA will host TED x UGA 2017, ideas worth sharing. The program will be at the Classic Center this year, 1:00-5:00 pm and costs $15 per seat. Registrations opened Feb. 15 so go only now before they are sold out. If you can’t join in person, watch via livestream

Two FACS colleagues among those selected to present are:

Darius Phelps, a lead teacher in one of the infant rooms at McPhaul and FACS alumni, BSFCS ’15 and MED ’17.

Michael Thomas, a financial planning PhD student  who works to find ways to provide relevant and reliable financial services to underserved populations in an effort to strengthen families and build stronger communities.

Congratulations to you both!

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

  • Thursday, Feb. 23, Middle Georgia Alumni event featuring Vera Stewart, alumnae and host of The Very Vera Show, Macon, GA
  • Tuesday – Friday, March 7-10, Washington DC to attend the joint conference of the Board on Human Sciences and Council of Administrators in FACS.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, March 7


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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