Dean’s Update 5/12/15

May 12th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


Graduate School travel grants are available to doctoral students receiving an invitation to present a paper at a professional meeting/conference within the Continental United States.  The Graduate School will accept travel requests submitted through their department to the Graduate School by the deadline of June 12, 2015 for travel period of July 1-September 30, 2015.  More information regarding the Graduate School Travel Grant can be found at the following link,  In addition, attached to this announcement are the procedures for the department’s use when submitting travel forms to the Graduate School.

Please encourage your students to apply for travel even if they have not received their acceptance by the deadline.  We will consider those students as long as they make a note with their submission that they will receive an acceptance by a certain date. If the student meets all other guidelines, their award will be “pending” until we receive the acceptance. For additional questions, please contact Sabrina Hardison at 706-542-6244 or


We are pleased to be one of three colleges at UGA who received an allocation form the Provost of summer stipends in support of CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantships. The following students and their faculty mentors were selected:

Zixuan Jiang-Statistics            Faculty Mentor, Robert Pazdro-FDN

Molly Mastin-TMI                    Faculty Mentor, Suraj Sharma-TMI

Joann B. Yang-FDN               Faculty Mentor, Dorothy Hausman-FDN


The 2015-2016 Complete College Georgia Innovation Grant RFP will focus on improvements in STEM core courses leading to improved student learning and achievement. Through this effort, early-stage funding and other support for innovative institutional or multi-institutional level projects will be provided to increase college completion. Of course, these programs and activities should be closely aligned with campus plans and the goals of Complete College Georgia. A strong emphasis will be placed on sharing promising practices and methods growing from these projects. Grant awards will be made in amounts up to $25,000. Proposals must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to by 5pm EST June 19, 2015.

Please mark your calendars for a Webinar on the application process and an opportunity to discuss project ideas on Wednesday, May 20 from 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM. Access details for the Webinar are provided below. You may submit questions in advance to The session will be archived and distributed for those unable to attend.

Contact Michael McGough for additional information.


Please consider nominating alumni from your department.

Each year the UGA FACS Alumni Association looks for dedicated men and women to serve on the alumni board. As an alumnus and friend, you are invited to nominate outstanding individuals (including yourself) to be considered for this honor. On-line submission page - and article -

Alumni Board members enjoy networking with faculty, staff, and other alumni. They develop leadership skills through facilitating our signature events: Dogs with the Dean, Homecoming, Chilly Dawg 5K, and the Alumni Awards Luncheon. Board members have the opportunity to meet and support FACS students.


  • Commitment to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Being an alum of the college is a plus but not a requirement.
  • Interest in engaging with FACS Ambassadors and students.
  • Interest in networking with FACS and other UGA alumni.
  • Commitment to a two-year term, potential for renewable and advancement in leadership roles on the board and in the college.


  • Attend two meetings a year in Athens (Board Retreat in summer and Board meeting before annual Luncheon) and conference call meetings throughout the year.
  • Serve on a committee (nominations, events, fundraising event, and other ad hoc committees).
  • Advocate for the college.

Deadline - Nominations are due June 1, Don’t hesitate to contact Vicky Dorsey with any questions.


Two opportunities for faculty awards nominations at the national level with May and June 1 deadlines.

First, the Board on Human Sciences will accept nominations by Friday, May 22 for faculty awards to recognize Outstanding Engagement by ‘campus based’ or ‘state level’ faculty, and to recognize Undergraduate Research Mentors in the human sciences. More details are on the BOHS web site

Second, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and USDA-NIFA announces the 2015 nomination process for the national Excellence in Extension and National Extension Diversity awards. The due date for nominations is June 1st at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Nominations, submitted online, must be completed by this date and time. Regions are subject to announcing earlier deadlines for their purposes. CLICK HERE for contact information by Region. For details and to access the online nomination forms go to Questions can be directed to Sandy Ruble, ECOP Staff Associate


Anyone wishing to register for the 2015 Southeastern Conference Symposium, entitled Creativity, Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Driving a 21st Century Economy, may do so now at There is a gold “Register” button on the home page and a draft program schedule is also available. Additional details regarding this third SEC event will be posted as they are finalized. All interested individuals should check the website regularly for updated information.

The primary goal of the SEC Symposium is to address a significant scholarly issue by utilizing the range of disciplinary strengths of all SEC universities in a manner that expands opportunities for collaboration among SEC faculty and administrators. This event is also intended to display the research and innovation of SEC institutions for an audience of academicians, government officials and other stakeholders. Other objectives include annually drawing national attention and participation to the Southeast region.

SECU is the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference. Through SECU, the Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities.


The University of Georgia has designated May 11 – 15, 2015 as Staff Appreciation Week in recognition of the contributions our staff employees make to the overall success of the institution.  During that week, divisions, departments, and units are encouraged to celebrate and reward in their own ways those employees whose work outside of the classroom is so vitally important to the institution. 

Staff should plan to attend the inaugural Staff Appreciation Celebration which will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at the Intramural Fields on College Station Road.   There will be live music, food, games, and door prizes provided by some of our University and local sponsors.  All staff are invited and encouraged to stop by during that time. 

Supervisors are strongly encouraged to allow staff members the opportunity to participate in some portion of the celebration event.  Additional information about the Staff Appreciation Celebration event can be found on the UGA home page. 


Dr. Jamie Cooper has accepted the position of associate professor in sports nutrition in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. Her 9-month appointment begins August 14.  She comes to us well prepared for the position, having two degrees from Michigan State University and her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently on faculty in Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University where she has an active research program. In addition to studying metabolism and hunger/satiety in humans as it relates to obesity and chronic disease, she carries outreach in the area of sports nutrition. Since completing her Ph.D. in 2009, Jamie has published 23 journal articles with a list of exceptional colleagues and has published one book, “The Complete Nutrition Guide for Triathletes” (2012). Welcome, Jamie.

Dr. Chad Patton has accepted the position of assistant professor in a new joint, interdisciplinary position in the Department of Foods and Nutrition (FDN) and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Food Science and Technology. This is the college’s fourth interdisciplinary hire. His 9-month appointment begins August 14. Chad Michael Paton is assistant professor in the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University. Prior to that he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. Chad is also Captain (O-3) US Army Research Biochemist. His current funded research in the area of metabolic health is supported by Cotton, Inc. and he has 20 referred journal articles. His Ph.D. is from University of Maryland, his BS and MS are from Michigan State University. Welcome, Chad.

Dr. Hae Jin Park has accepted the position of assistant professor, tenure track, in the Department of Foods and Nutrition. Her 9-month appointment begins August 14. Dr. Park earned her Ph.D. in 2005 from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Her research focus is on bioactive food compounds, particularly folic acid and polyphenols, and their mechanisms of action on obesity and obesity-related diseases such as Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. She will be conducting research related to nutrition science as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate nutrition courses.


Ms. Barbara Derricotte will join the Department of Human Development and Family Science as the new Administrative Associate II effective June 1, 2015.

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

  • Wed. through Friday, May 13-15, New York City Study Tour, Fashion Merchandising and Furnishings & Interiors and NYC area Alumni Networking Reception.
  • Annual leave, May 18-26. Acting dean will be Dr. Debbie Murray during this period.
  • Thursday and Friday, May 28-29, Alumni and donor visits, Atlanta.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, June 9.


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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