Dean’s Update 4/14/15

April 15th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


The Provost has allocated funds to support international faculty travel in FY16. International travel is defined as travel “outside the 48 contiguous states.” These funds are intended for faculty who are invited to international meetings to present research papers. Travel funding support is limited to one trip per faculty member in FY16.  Requests must include at least 1:1 matching funds for consideration. A maximum of $2,000 in Provost funding per faculty trip is available.

Travel must take place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

1)   Complete the Request for FY 16 Provost International Travel Funds available at  Please note these funds must be used in conjunction with other funding to support international travel. When describing the nature of the travel, be precise in explaining your role at the conference or meeting (presenting research paper, participating on invited panel). Attach documentation supporting your request (e.g. acceptance letter for paper at a conference).

2)   Faculty must submit the request for funds to the appropriate department head and then to the dean for review and approval.

3)   Completed forms should be sent to Academic Fiscal Affairs, 212 New College.


We are pleased to announce the opportunity for faculty in the college to apply for additional travel funds related to study abroad or international conferences and research paper presentations. Approximately $500 is available in FY16. This year the FHCE faculty will be eligible to apply. A memo addressed to the Dean attached to the application to the FY 16 Provost International Travel Funds will constitute the application. The Maddux Fund is to benefit faculty of the entire college and not limited to FHCE. In the future, the call for applications will target other departments of the college.

Donor highlights: Dr. Esther Maddux grew up in Dublin, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics in 1972 from The University of Georgia. She earned her Master of Science in Family Economics from The University of Tennessee in 1973. Her Ph.D. in Family Resource Management was earned at Purdue University in 1979. Dr. Maddux worked at the University of Georgia from 1973 – 2000 as a tenured professor in the Department of Housing and Consumer Economics.


Our Entrepreneurship Certificate is growing in numbers! We have 34 FACS undergraduate students enrolled in the program; 16 that started this spring semester were joined by another 18 that will start next fall. The spirit of entrepreneurship thrives in all the departments in the College.

Open to any student at the University of Georgia, this undergraduate certificate program provides the skills needed to start a small business, gain employment with a start-up company, or become a social entrepreneur in the public or non-profit sector.

The following 18 students have been accepted into the Entrepreneurship Certificate program for Fall 2015:

Foods and Nutrition (FDN):

  • Consumer Foods:  Rachel Schifter

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics (FHCE):

  • Consumer Journalism:  Valerie Miller and Alexandra Soranno
  • Consumer Economics:  Gabriel Pica, Alan Pramuk and Shantel Samuels

Human Development and Family Science (HDFS): 

  • HDFS: Kelsey Eenigenburg, Taliah Lamar-Herring and Sydney Stroup

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors (TMI):

  • Fashion Merchandising:  Sarah Duncan, Shannon Hochschild, Kaitlin Hosey, Shefali Patel, Brittany Savoie, Kelsie Schultz, Anna Shealy and Jacqueline Silva
  • Furnishings and Interiors:  Chelsea Peters 

Thank you for promoting the interdisciplinary Certificate in Entrepreneurship.


FACS does not have a Diversity Plan but will by fall 2015. The draft Diversity Plan will be presented to the entire college at the FACS College Assembly, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The college’s Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) is hopeful input will be gathered at department meetings and retreats and given to the FAC department representatives by the end of September 2015. An ad hoc committee should be put in place to assure implementation of the plan commences and that a dynamic speaker and presentation of the plan will frame our commitment to the Plan. This will occur in fall 2015.

To bring everyone up to date on our progress to date, the Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC) began this effort in 2012 when the university released its report. Our college’s Diversity Statement and web site was developed in 2012 as well as the “Super-Includer Award for Diversity” to recognize faculty and staff.

In spring 2014, led by the Faculty Advisory Committee, the college conducted a Climate Assessment Survey. In order to evaluate the climate as it relates to how the college is addressing diversity and inclusion, the college initiated data gathering via a survey to students, staff and faculty in the fall of 2013.  A total of 457 responded (73 faculty, 58 staff, 51 graduate students, and 275 undergraduate students). The strongest area of the survey indicating that diversity was clearly addressed was in relation to how the college serves the public. That said, in other areas the survey indicated that the college is in the range of great to somewhat okay to don’t know in addressing diversity in relationship to courses taught/taking, recruitment, mentoring and advising, and policies and procedures. Given the range of responses in the data, it became clear that additional information was needed.

In fall 2014, eight focus groups were promoted by the FAC between October 1st and November 19th for college-wide participation: faculty, staff, and students. An additional focus group was held with FACS administrators on December 11th.  Follow-up online surveys for interested individuals who couldn’t attend was made available as well (n=27). The focus groups were conducted by Professor Janette Hill, and her doctoral students in the College of Education. Analysis and final report was prepared by Dr. Hill and six graduate students.

The results from the analysis of the survey and focus group data (N=87) are presented in the Family and Consumer Sciences Diversity Survey and Focus Groups: A Preliminary Report. Four (4) categories emerged to develop the action oriented diversity and inclusion plan:

  • Recruit and Retain Diverse Faculty, Staff and Students: Raise awareness and effectively support, recruit and retain undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty and staff
  • Reward and Recognize Individuals and Processes that Support Diversity and Inclusion: Make policy and structural changes in the college and develop partnerships between the college and other UGA diversity resources
  • Community and Educational Outreach: Create training and enhance educational outreach opportunities that reflect the college’s values
  • Visibility and Communication of Inclusion: Increase internal and external communications of our commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion

On March 6, 2015, the FAC established a timeline to keep the momentum. The recommendations for the college were compiled in a Draft matrix titled Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan for Action based on these 3 Phases of implementation:

Phase I:    Immediate implementation, between now and August 15, 2015, beginning of fall semester

Phase II:   Intermediate, between August 2015 and May 2016, the next academic year

Phase III:  Longer Term, over the next two to three years

A copy of the Diversity and Inclusion: A FACS Plan of Action was distributed at the College Assembly and can be obtained from your department head, from the Dean’s Office and will be posted online. Please provide feedback and ideas for implementation to the FAC representatives and/or department heads and directors, and dean, in the college.


The FAC elections have been completed. Faculty completing their two-year term (2014-2015) and thanked for service are:

  • Teresa Mauldin, FHCE Representative
  • Karen Tinsley, PSO Rep
  • Denise Lewis, Associate Professor Rep
  • Lilia Gomez-Lanier – TMI Rep
  • Melissa Kozak, Instructor/Lecturer Rep

Newly elected and joining the FAC for a two-year term (2015-2016) beginning fall semester are:

  • Michael Rupured, PSO Rep
  • Velma Zahirovic-Herbert, FHCE Rep, Griffin
  • Sergiy Minko, TMI Rep
  • Melissa Landers-Potts, Instructor/Lecturer Rep
  • Alex Anderson, Associate Professor Rep

Continuing members (2014-2016):

  • Joan Fischer, FDN Rep
  • Ted Futris, HDFS Rep
  • Leann Birch, Professor Rep
  • Sarah Zenti, Asst. Professor Rep –

The Associate Deans are also members of the FAC. The FAC membership composition and duties are outlined in the college Bylaws


Commit to the G! You can enter to win season tickets (up to 4) for UGA women’s basketball 2015-2016 (seats TBD). Cheer on the Lady Bulldogs, FACS student athletes and new head coach Joni Crenshaw! Fill out the form and provide your name and email to the Dean’s Office by Friday, April 24 to have your name drawn for two or all four tickets.


The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is pleased to announce the Learning Technologies Grants (LTG) Program for FY16. The CTL is inviting proposals designed to enhance teaching and learning at the University of Georgia. Projects must focus on the innovative use of technology to assist students in meeting the educational objectives of their academic programs. For FY16, projects that employ the use of Open Education Resources (OERs) and "flipping the classroom" models are especially encouraged, as well as projects with a focus on experiential learning and student success.  

The deadline for FY16 LTG proposals is Thursday, April 30, 2015, and awards will be announced by June 15, 2015. Funds will be disbursed as soon as possible during the FY16 fiscal year.  

Learning Technologies Grants Projects are funded by Student Technology Fees; therefore, funding can be requested for:

            • equipment

            • software

            • external consulting

            • materials

            • technical staff support

Project budgets will be for one year only and must be spent within FY16. Departments should demonstrate an internal commitment to the project and provide additional support if possible. Equipment and software matching, faculty release time, graduate student assistant(s), space allocation and renovation are all considered as support. Funds can be granted to academic departments and to other units providing educational services to students, such as University Libraries, Student Affairs, CTL, and EITS.

Complete details regarding this program, including proposal requirements, can be found at


Dr. Jung Sung Yeo, Dean of College of Human Ecology in Seoul National University will travel to UGA Athens to meet with interested FACS faculty, students, graduate students on Thursday, April 23 and college and university leadership on Friday, April 24.

Seoul National University is the leading institution in Korea as well as in the global level. The College of Human Ecology has four departments, Consumer Science, Child Development & Family Studies, Food & Nutrition, and Textiles & Clothing. Their faculty are excellent and receive significant grants for research and training. Developing deeper partnerships with the college and university will be explored.

Please contact your department head or the dean’s office if you’d like to participate on the 24th.


FACS will be able to offer $1,000 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) undergraduate research assistantships stipends for summer session. Applications must be completed by the student and the mentoring faculty member and department head by Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 pm. Previous CURO undergraduate research assistants are not eligible to apply.

The web pages communicating the new undergraduate research assistantship program with complete details on how to find a faculty mentor and how to apply are listed here


The College Awards and Recognition Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 3:30pm, in Dawson Room 110.

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

  • No travel scheduled until April 30 and May 1 when she will travel to Augusta and vicinity for development and alumni visits.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015.


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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