Dean’s Update 2/7/18

February 7th, 2018 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


We are excited to have kicked-off the FACS 100 Centennial year officially last month on MLK Day of Service. Thanks to a great planning committee of students and alumni, and t-shirts provided by President Morehead’s Venture Fund!

At UGA College and Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) All Extension Conference the following week, we learned about the beginning of our programs in the Division of Home Economics in 1918 as a bachelor’s degree program for undergraduate women to enroll in UGA. The story on the CAES web site

Later in the same week FACS professional development at the Georgia Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (GATFACS) in Atlanta included the FACS 100 Centennial.

Last week, Campus News of UGA Today shared the story and photos featuring early years of Extension, known as “Home Demonstration Work” and a photo of graduating class of 1921.

The Red and Black student newspaper featured the College of FACS celebrates 100 years with photos at a the Richard Russell Special Collections Library where the exhibit Open Doors: 100 years of family and consumer sciences at UGA is free to the public January through May 2018.

Today, Feb. 7, the FACS Centennial is featured on the front page of the Athens-Banner Herald newspaper! Get your copy of the AB today!

The FACS Centennial web site will continue to change and evolve with the addition of recent events and news.


The Center for Teaching and Learning is currently accepting applications for the 2018-2020 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 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.  Information and application materials can be found at  Click “Nominations” in the box at the left for application materials. Source: Steven Lewis, Director, Lilly Teaching Fellows Program


The Office of Service-Learning is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Service-Learning Fellows program. Applications are due Wednesday, March 21, 2018. 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 $2,500 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. Service-learning is an experiential learning method that provides opportunities for students to apply and more fully understand academic knowledge through projects that address genuine community needs.

For questions related to application, please contact Dr. Paul H. Matthews, Associate Director of the Office of Service-Learning, at or 706-542-0892. The Office of Service-Learning is jointly supported by the Office of Instruction and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach.


The Pivot database includes more than 25,000 funding opportunities from sponsors across all disciplines. UGA faculty, staff, and students can search the database and create custom funding alerts. The UGA Libraries and Office for Proposal Enhancement are offering a Pivot workshop on Thursday, February 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in Coverdell S175.  They will help you quickly access and update your researcher profile, which enables users inside and outside UGA to find you based on your research interests and expertise, and get you set up with tailored funding searches and alerts. Contact Dr. Rebecca Terns at to sign up.


The Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) provides $3,000 funding for a limiied number of CURO Summer Fellows working to further their research. Apply for the fellowship at The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.


Several Signature Lectures are scheduled for spring semester, scroll down the web site for the offerings you won’t want to miss.

Let me draw your attention to a few of interest:

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award-winning journalist and UGA alumna, Giving Voice to the Voiceless, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2:00-3:00 pm, UGA Chapel

Bakari Seller, CNN Political Analyst, Education, Civil Rghts and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future, April 2, 3:00-4:00 pm, Georgia Center, Mahler Hall

Dan Barber, Chef and author, What Kind of Menu Will Meet the Challenges of the Future? Exploring a New Recipe for Good Food from the Ground Up, Tuesday, April 10, 2:00-3:00 pm, Richard B. Russell Special Collection Library Auditorium


FACS has been informed of two faculty to be recognized on April 16 during Honors Week. They will receive the 2018 Service-learning Teaching Excellence Award. This award was established to recognize innovative instruction through the development of academic service-learning opportunities for UGA students.

-Melissa Landers-Potts,

-Jerry Shannon,

The Advisor Awards in the College have been selected. Advisor awards are selected early because we submit to the university for consideration for potential additional award.

-Julie Patterson

-Tanacia Blackwell

-Jennifer George

Please join me in congratulating these award recipients!

Remember, Thursday, February 15, is the deadline for submission of other College-wide awards.  Complete details may be found at:


Reminder Dean’s Challenge and FREE opportunity for faculty, staff and families to watch Georgia Women’s Basketball team on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 against Vanderbilt with tip off at 7 p.m. 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 at the end of the season!

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

  • Tuesday, February 13, FACS Day at the Capitol
  • Wednesday, February 14-16, Council of Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) Conference, Mississippi
  • Thursday, February 22-23, Clinical Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) Conference, Braselton
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, February 20


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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