Dean’s Update 3/29/19

March 29th, 2019 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Please join us and help spread the word to faculty, students and community members to attend the UGA site for the Society for Research in Child Development 2nd annual Child Development in Diverse Majority Society Lecture Series to be hosted on the UGA campus on Tuesday, April 2.

HDFS Professor Dr. Emilie Smith will speak to the topic Preparing racial-ethnic minority children for STEM opportunities from  11:00 am – 12:15 pm in the Reading Room of the Miller Learning Center.

New and improved Project Status Reports to track your grant funding

The UGA Office of Research and OneSource team have responded to requests from faculty and finance personnel for better grants-reporting tools by creating an improved Project Status Report in OneSource that provides investigators with a streamlined, user-friendly financial dashboard for active research projects. In addition to providing remaining balance, expenditures and the option to drill down to detailed transactions, the report also displays project burn rates and provides the option to subscribe to an auto-generated report at the frequency of your choosing. The new Project Status Report has been vetted and improved by faculty and finance personnel focus groups.

Significantly, access to these tools will now be automatic for all PIs, Co-PIs and co-investigators with active projects. Additional reference materials, including a link to the report, are available here.

To support faculty and relevant personnel in the creation and use of Project Status Reports, the Sponsored Projects Administration and OneSource teams are holding 90-minute interactive sessions throughout March and April. For a schedule of these sessions, log into UGA’s Professional Education Portal ( and search for “project.” Users may also email Cathy Cuppett ( and/or Shawn Hill ( for more information.  Source: David Lee, Vice President for Research


FACS Business and Finance Office is offering faculty focused grant budgets and reporting workshops (lunch provided by Dean Fox) this spring.  The workshops are designed to help you understand the new reporting, why we have new reporting, and what makes our new system more complex. Please sign up for a workshop by sending an email to and identify which session you would like to attend. 

FACS Grants and Finance Reporting Workshops for PIs :

  1. Wed, April 10     12:05pm to 1pm               216 Dawson Hall
  2. Wed, May 1        12:05pm to 1pm               110 Dawson Hall
  3. Wed, May 8        12:05pm to 1pm               216 Dawson Hall

We look forward to seeing you all at the workshops!  Remember… lunch is on the Dean so it’s important to RSVP. Source: Jenny Ramsey

Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program Phase II Proposals


Proposals are now being received for the second phase of the New Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion Program. The program, which supported 21 innovative programs last year, is being renewed with $300,000 in private funds set aside by President Jere W. Morehead.

Building on the success of the original grants initiated in fall 2017, the second phase will provide awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for programs and projects sponsored by an office or department within a UGA school, college, or administrative unit that directly supports recruitment and retention efforts. Phase II will support not only new projects, but also extensions of previously funded efforts that have demonstrated the greatest promise for impact and a sustainable funding model.

Last year’s innovative programs addressed a range of topics such as outreach to provide information to incoming first-generation college students, a College of Public Health pre-collegiate summer institute, and a School of Law initiative to expand representation of individuals in the law profession.

Proposals for new funding will be accepted through May 8, 2019. As was done in the first phase of the program, a committee chaired by Assistant to the President Arthur Tripp and Michelle Cook, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives, will evaluate the proposals and award the grants. For more information or to submit proposals, please visit the New Approaches website.


Please join us for the spring semester College Assembly on Thursday, April 18 at 3:30 pm in Dawson Hall Rm 110. Agenda will include:

  • Budget and Personnel Updates
  • Excellence in Graduate Education
  • AAFCS Accreditation


FACS College Convocation will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 9, in The Classic Center Theatre, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens.

The university graduate ceremony will take place Friday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Loch Johnson, Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs will deliver the spring graduate address.

UGA Undergraduate commencement will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. University of Georgia alumni and ABC News correspondent  Deborah Roberts, will deliver the spring undergraduate Commencement address.

The CLEAR BAG policy for UGA athletic events is in effect for Commencement ceremonies in the Stadium and in Stegeman Coliseum. Faculty Signup: Please use the following registration link to submit information for faculty planning to attend commencement no later than April 26. Regalia rentals are due to the bookstore by April 3. Regalia Rental: Rental of faculty regalia will be provided free of charge through the UGA Bookstore. Regalia rentals must be placed at the UGA Bookstore by April 3 to ensure delivery and avoid rush fees. Orders placed after April 3 cannot be guaranteed and will incur rush fees (to be paid for by the faculty member). The Bookstore’s Faculty Regalia Rental Form is attached for your convenience. The UGA Bookstore will assist you and can be reached at (706) 542-3171 or

Please Register Here for UGA Commencement ceremonies

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

  • Attend NIH Clinical Translational Science Alliance “Unmeeting” at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Sunday – Tuesday, April 7-9.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be the week of April 15.


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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