Dean’s Update 7/19/16

July 18th, 2016 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


FACS Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students are invited to join us for the annual Welcome Back to School Picnic! The event will be held Monday, August 8, 12:00-1:30 pm on the lawn in front of the Aspire Clinic and the FACS “Houses.” Come join your fellow FACS family in celebrating the new school year. There will be free food and fun for everyone. Photos to be taken for the FACS web site will be arranged for new faculty, staff and graduate students as well.

Please RSVP by Friday, July 29.


Please welcome the following new faculty and staff hires. Some new faculty were already announced in previous Dean’s Updates:

Foods and Nutrition:

Ginnefer Cox, Ph.D., RD has accepted the position of assistant professor in the position of Consumer Foods. She received her Ph.D. in food science from the University of Illinois. In addition, she has a degree in culinary arts and is a registered dietitian. Dr. Cox’s research expertise is in the area of sensory foods with an emphasis on the impact of changes in sodium and fat content on consumer acceptability. She has experience working with multiple food companies evaluating the impact of ingredient modifications on physical and chemical changes in food products. Welcome, Ginnefer.

Human Development and Family Science:

Margaret Caughy, ScD, has accepted the position as the Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family Health Disparities, pending Board of Regents approval. Caughy received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, a master’s in human development from the University of Maryland and received a higher doctorate degree in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Dr. Caughy’s research combines the unique perspectives of developmental science, epidemiology and public health in studying the contexts of risk and resilience affecting young children. She comes to FACS from the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she served as director of the Maternal and Child Health Training Program. Welcome, Margaret. 

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics:

Kenneth White has accepted the position as an assistant professor in financial planning. White received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, a master’s of accountancy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and his Ph.D. in consumer sciences from The Ohio State University. White’s research is in the areas of financial attitudes and savings behavior. He most recently worked as a revenue agent in the IRS small business/self-employed division. Welcome, Kenneth.

Duncan Williams, CFP, has accepted the position as a clinical assistant professor of financial planning starting August 5, 2016. Mr. Williams holds a BA in Economics from UGA, an MS in Finance from Texas Tech, and will soon complete his PhD in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech. Aside from working as a financial planner in Atlanta, GA from 1998 to 2008, he has teaching experience from the College for Financial Planning, Texas Tech, William Paterson University and Western Carolina University. Welcome, Duncan.

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors:

Clair McClure, has accepted the position as a lecturer in fashion merchandising. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in international merchandising in the department of textiles, merchandising and interiors. McClure has completed the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching and served as the fashion merchandising internship coordinator and UGA National Retail Federation advisor. She received a bachelor’s degree in textile management from Clemson University in 2009, followed by a master’s from FACS in 2011. Welcome, Clair.

Monica Sklar, Ph.D. has accepted the position as Assistant Professor in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors as well as the Liaison to the Historic Costume Collection. Sklar has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and her research interests are in dress as it relates to communication and identity with specializations in 20th century-present subcultures, individuals, and design outside of convention. She is the author of the book Punk Style (2013, Bloomsbury) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is the founder and editor of the academic blog as well as the VP of Technology for the Costume Society of America. Welcome, Monica.


Effective Monday, August 15, Ms. Jenny Ramsey joins the Business Office of the college as the Administrative Financial Director. Ms. Ramsey has been employed 5 years as the Finance Director in the Terry College of Business Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program with oversight for all financial operations of the professional and executive MBA programs at three campuses. She has been at UGA a total of 11 years in progressive roles, from accounts payable, to the office of financial services, and now the Terry College. She had 5 years of experience in cost/schedule analysis and business management at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company prior to UGA. She has an MBA with a focus on crisis and strategic decision making.

Jenny will assume the leadership role in budget and administrative duties associated with all accounting functions and personnel in the college. She fills the position vacated by Ginny Benedict who retired June 1st.


The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Friday, Sept. 9, for fall semester. Students interested should review guidelines and complete the application located at the links below. 

All signatures are required on these forms as well. Applications received earlier than Sept. 9 will be held for review on September 12, by Dean Fox. Funding will be awarded based on availability of funds. An email will be sent to students notifying them of their award and the department head, graduate coordinator, departmental accountant and, Business Office will be copied on the email as well.  Please let Sherri Stephens know if you have any questions,

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

  • Sunday through Wednesday, July 17 - 20, Joint COPS (Committees on Organization and Policy) of APLU, and the Board on Human Sciences Retreat, San Antonio, Texas
  • July 26 - August 11, Visit Seoul National University, College of Human Ecology, Seoul, and attend the International Federation of Home Economics (IFHE) Congress, Daejeon, Korea


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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