Dean’s Update 5/27/14

May 28th, 2014 Author: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  |  More about Linda


Last Friday, May 23rd, envelopes containing the letter and salary information were placed in departmental mail boxes informing faculty and staff of his/her salary for the fiscal year July 2014 through June 2015. Based on actions taken by the Board of Regents, the University established a 4% raise pool to provide merit-based salary increases and, as applicable, address retention, compression, market alignment and other critical compensation challenges. The 4% raise pool was based on all filled positions and included all fund sources from which UGA faculty and staff are paid. In accordance with Board of Regents’ 2015 Salary and Wage Administration Policy, increases were to be reasonably distributed among employees based on performance and merit; these increases were not cost of living increases nor were they an across-the-board salary increase. Salary increases for employees paid on the academic payroll will go into effect on the contract date, August 15, 2014.  Salary increases for fiscal year employees paid on the monthly, salaried bi-weekly and hourly payrolls will go into effect July 1, 2014.


The CTL announces its Faculty Learning Community (FLC) offerings for the 2014 -2015 Academic Year. A Faculty Learning Community is a specifically structured community of practice that includes the key goals of building community, engaging in scholarly (evidenced-based) teaching, and the development of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Cox & Richlin, 2004).  The CTL provides $500 to each FLC to support community activities.  FLCs may have as few as six or as many as fifteen participant​s.  Participants meet approximately once every three weeks during the academic year. Descriptions of the upcoming FLCs and an application link can be found at deadline to apply is August 14, 2014 and applicants will be notified of their status by August 22, 2014.

If you have questions concerning FLCs, please contact CTL's Coordinator of Faculty Development and Recognition, Chase Hagood at


By developing a consistent visual image that is used by all of our college’s departments and institutes, we enhance our connections with both the University of Georgia and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Logos were developed in fall 2011 and can be accessed from the college web site “Faculty and Staff Resources There you will find Official FACS Logos. All of the college’s logos are available on the official logo page in multiple formats, which should make it easy to use them effectively as well as correctly.

The latest resource for you, for staff and for students preparing materials for the college, are “FACS Templates” When you click on “Download Publisher Template” you will find a template flyer with the essential elements to insert your text. These are In Design files and allow you to use the various design elements to accommodate most any format. Contact Cal Powell, Director of Communications,, 706-542-3536 for assistance.


The UGA Alumni Association is collecting nominations for the 2015 Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses, a program created to spotlight fast-growing companies owned or operated by UGA Alumni. Nominations for the 2015 program are being accepted until Saturday, May 31, 2014. For information on nominating a business, and for more information about the Bulldog 100 program visit


The national Cooperative Extension System held a 2014 Centennial Convocation on May 8 in Washington, DC to celebrate its 100-year heritage. The primary focus was on Extension’s contemporary efforts and launching the next 100 years of educational programming.

Here are links to the photos and videos of the celebration:

Here in Georgia, the Smith-Lever celebrations for FACS and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) were held on May 15. Read the story and download photos. To see a photo gallery from the event, click here.

A full version of the video highlights UGA Extension's centennial with interviews from former President Jimmy Carter; Governor Nathan Deal; UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle; UGA Extension Director Beverly Sparks; and county agents Paul Pugliese and Kisha Faulk.

An expanded version of the exhibit is available online at The dynamic website shares the history of UGA Extension through articles, pictures, videos, timelines and personal stories. The public can join in the celebration by visiting the site and sharing how Extension has touched their lives.


Join the college and other sponsors for an evening of film and dialogue at the Historic Morton Theatre in downtown Athens, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

The film is NESHOBA: THE PRICE OF FREEDOM Designed as a collaborative experience between the local community and the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) conference attendees hosted by UGA FACS, this film and showcase event will include a panel discussion, following the screening of the documentary film to explore issues of safety, race, freedom, and social justice locally and nationally. This exciting event will set the tone for the AFTA conference program, and stimulate discussion about the social justice connections between family health and the social determinants of wellbeing. Please join us in engaging with the vibrant community of Athens, GA, as we enter a conversation we hope will continue beyond the borders of AFTA.

Admission is free but tickets are required. Contact the Box Office of the Historic Morton Theatre at 706-613-3771 for tickets.


Caree Jackson Cotwright in the department of Foods and Nutrition was selected a Service-Learning Fellow for 2014-2015. The Service-Learning Fellows Program is a year-long faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate service-learning into their teaching, research, and public service work while becoming recognized campus leaders in service-learning pedagogy and community engagement. The program includes a $2,500 fellowship award. Up to 8 Fellows are selected for each academic year in a competitive review process; applications are generally due in March.

Claire de La Serre in the department of Foods and Nutrition was awarded a UGA Junior Faculty Research Grant. Congratulations! The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., recently awarded 35 faculty research grants in the sciences and humanities and arts totaling $269,000.  The one-year grants start July 1. Applications are submitted in February each year, see guidelines


Dr. Laura McKee has accepted the position of assistant professor in child health and well-being in the department of Human Development and Family Science effective January 2, 2015. Dr. McKee will provide leadership to the established curriculum in Child Life. She received her doctoral degree from University of Vermont. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently has a research project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. She has 25 published papers in peer reviewed journals, including those in Journal of Family Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, and Development and Psychopathology. She is now an assistant professor at Clark University in Massachusetts and is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Melissa McBride has accepted the position of the Office Manager (Administrative Associate II) in the department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics.  Her official start date will be June 3.  She will continue to help support Hoke Smith Annex and FACS Extension while we search for her replacement.

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

  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
  • There is no travel planned by Dean Fox over the next two weeks.


Linda Kirk Fox


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