Dean’s Update 4/26/16

April 26th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Through a combination of funds allocated by the legislature and the university, a ~2.5% pool of funds is available to department and unit heads to provide merit-based salary increase in FY17 (July 1 through June 30 fiscal year) for faculty and staff. As applicable, the college was provided funds to address compression, market alignment and other critical compensation challenges.

Salary increases are to be reasonably distributed among employees based on performance and merit; increases are not cost of living increases nor were they an across-the-board salary increase.

Grant-funded employees also will be eligible to receive salary increases based on performance and merit within the available funds of the grant(s) from which he or she is paid. This will occur at a later date and align with the funding cycle of the grant.

Salary increases for employees paid on the academic payroll will go into effect on the contract date: August 5, 2016.  Salary increases for fiscal year employees paid on the monthly, salaried bi-weekly and hourly payrolls will go into effect July 1, 2016.

The college will notify employees of the outcome in writing in early June.


Family Ties: Understanding Latino/a Family Dynamics is the topic of Maria Bermudez, HDFS Associate Professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences this week’s Dialogues in Diversity Lunch-Time Series. This event will take place Friday, April 29, 2016, 12:00-1:30p.m., Room 480 Tate Center.   

This dialogue in diversity will focus on the various aspects of Latino/a family structures, values, and how that plays into communicating with and engaging the Latino/a community at the University of Georgia. Understanding the cultural context of Latino/a students, staff, faculty, and others we serve will help us create a more inclusive environment. The roles of different family members, gender roles, and collective/group identity will also be explored and will provide us with additional perspectives with our work with this diverse community.

Lunch is provided and prior registration is required. The series is free and spaces will be filled on a first come basis.

To register for this dialogue, please send an email with your name and department to


The university graduate ceremony will take place Friday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. The speaker will be Maurice Daniels, Dean of the UGA School of Social Work. Undergraduate commencement will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. The speaker will be radio and television host, Ryan Seacrest. Both UGA ceremonies will be broadcast live online at

FACS College Convocation will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. in The Classic Center Theatre, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens. FACS student profiles are available for you to review on the Facebook page

The following students will receive special recognition at the FACS Convocation:


FHCE - Jana French & Stephanie Fedora

FDN - Anthony Chiu & Emily Rollins

HDFS - Taliah Lamar-Herring & Sydney Stroup

TMI - Samantha Henning & Catherine Hollis

Outstanding Senior

Ben Jacobs - FHCE

Academic Achievement – First Honor Graduates

Claudette Catherine Bailey - FDN

Breanna Nicole Costner - FDN

Brooke Ann Dumont - HDFS

Allison Marie Fialkowski - FDN

Randi Sloan Goldstein - FDN

Grace Tydings Goodwin - HDFS

Virginia Lane Walker - TMI

Student Challenge Speaker

Callie Dailey - HDFS

Student Perspective Speaker

Lucie Reynolds - TMI


The Jan M. Hathcote Social Science Academic Support Fund  and graduate research grants program is for FACS M.S. or doctoral graduate students who have identified their research project, have the support of their major professor, and have a strong interest in the social sciences in the various departments of the college.  A two page proposal, brief statement of proposed research plan and request for funds are due September 15th. Current FACS students should consult with their faculty advisors and obtain a copy of the guidelines from the Dean’s Office or the department office. Up to $2,000 is available for the academic year 2016-2017.


As follow up to the College Assembly last week and the topic of Corporate Engagement, we provided a Questionnaire and invite you to drop in for lunch in Dawson 216 next Tuesday, May 3rd. We’ll provide pizza and beverage. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Contact Carol if you want to be counted for pizza, 542-2402,

The Questionnaire asked for input and ideas regarding 1) your company wish list, who would you like to engage with as partners? 2) What would be your ideal engagement opportunity with these companies? 3) What is one thing that hinders you from connecting with corporate partners? Contact Vicky Dorsey if you have input and/or questions.

Among highlights from the College Assembly was introducing Discovery and Innovation Partnerships, a new initiative jointly supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Engineering. Crystal Leach is the Director and her role is to facilitate partnerships between industry and research at the University of Georgia. Present for the discussion was staff from UGA’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations Our guests were Kevin Carmichael, Laura Waters Gafnea, and Jill Walton.  Kevin Carmichael is the Director of Corporate Relations and works to build relationships with companies and firms and connect these organizations with the resources of UGA. Jill Walton leads the team which engages corporations with the University of Georgia and works with foundations interested in partnering with the university.


Join me in congratulating TMI professor, Laura Jolly who was named as Endowed Dean of the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University effective in July. Here is the posting on the ISU website  It has been our privilege and joy to have Laura back in the department of TXMI after her service as Vice President for Instruction. We wish her the best in her leadership position.

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

  • No travel in the next 2 weeks
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Linda Kirk Fox

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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