Dean’s Update 8/18/15

August 19th, 2015


It was great fun to have over 120 attend the “Welcome Back to School Picnic” for the college last week. Thanks to the planning committee for a successful event, great food and exhibiting the new tartan tailgate tent:  Sherri Stephens and Jennifer Griffeth, Dean’s Unit, Mary Sue Brewer, TMI, Livia Wade, HDFA, Sharon Hanson, FDN, and Melisa McBride, FHCE.

We continue to make great strides in the college and have an ambitious agenda planned for the academic year. I want to encourage all of you to continue to work on instructional innovations and improving timely student progress towards graduation and the strong connection to career readiness. This past fiscal year, faculty accomplishments were measured, in part, through the 370 books, chapters and referred journal publications, 309 presentations and another successful year in extramural funding with a 16% increase in the number of grants submitted. While it is too early to give you numbers, we know the quantity and quality of graduate students within the college continue to accelerate. Fundraising through private gifts and pledges is also critically important and I am pleased to report we increased by 24% last year, reaching an all-time high of $2Mil for FY15.

Looking ahead to Fall 2016, we have plans for implementation of the Experiential Learning requirements for our undergraduates and are interviewing to hire the Student Leadership and Experiential Learning Specialist in the Student Success and Advising Center. The SSAC has launched a weekly e-newsletter to our students. They continue to advance strategies to maximize every student’s opportunity for success through a personalized approach.

Also this Fall, we are launching events and communications to more fully engage our students, faculty and alumni. The annual FACS Leadership Retreat held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center for our student Ambassador and student leaders of clubs and organizations will be expanded this year. We will combine the student leadership retreat with the annual summer retreat of the FACS Alumni Board of Directors. Leadership, networking, and team building to develop strong advocates for the college will be the outcome of this awesome retreat.

In October we are launching FACS Week, an entire week of events in the college including the weekends to celebrate FACS students, faculty, staff and alumni. The week of Oct. 17-24 will begin with a new tradition – FACS Homecoming Tailgate! Graduates of class years celebrating their 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th reunions will receive special recognition as we network and reminisce before the Missouri Homecoming Game. Throughout the week we will showcase academic excellence, hosting the Georgia Housing Conference, Dogs with the Dean student event, and an Awards Luncheon. In many classes faculty are inviting distinguished alumnae to speak to students. We will have a distinguished panel of alumnae speaking to Women in Leadership.  Finally, we will cap off the week with a Saturday Open House for students, parents and families!

For more information, watch the FACS Week web site and FACS Magazine on September 1st.


I highly encourage you to attend any one of the three workshops through the UGA Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) presented by Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D. on Monday, August 31st. Todd is the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. 

Motivating and Engaging Your Students: Strategies for Teaching From the Psychology of Learning

10:30 am to 12:00 pm in Room 271, Russell Special Collections Library

What can instructors do to facilitate learning when they encounter students who seem uninterested and even apathetic toward course content and assignments? Part of the responsibility for learning belongs to students, but as faculty, we can find new ways to motivate, inspire, and maybe even cajole students to learn. Details click here.

Learning-Centered Teaching: Coordinating Evidence-based Teaching With Evidence-based Learning

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm in 201 Pharmacy South

Most faculty members understand that lecturing is not as effective as active/engaged learning. However, many clinician educators continue to struggle with how best to proceed from delivering lectures to creating truly innovative and engaging learning environments. In this session, active and engaged learning will be used to demonstrate how effective evidence-based teaching practices can be aligned with effective evidence-based learning strategies to create situations where students enthusiastically participate, are interested in the material to be learned, and effectively contribute to their own learning. Details click here.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Tate Grand Hall

Where did you learn how to learn and how to study? It is an odd question, as you have been doing it for a very long time, and since you’re in college, you’re clearly pretty good at it. That said, what if the strategies you use to study are not the most effective ways to learn? This session is not about spending more time studying, but rather how to study and learn better. Details.


The successful CURO Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program has been funded for the upcoming academic year. CURO will again provide $1,000 stipends to outstanding undergraduate students in an effort to encourage and foster active participation in faculty-mentored research. Colleges/schools across campus are involved in this program. Students and faculty may direct questions about eligibility and criteria to Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean or Broc Funke,

Applications are due Wednesday, August 19th  can be found on the web site

All CURO Undergraduate Research Assistants will be required to present at the spring CURO Symposium. Participating students may register for CURO research course credit. Participation in CURO research courses remains open to all undergraduate students, regardless of their Honors status, major, or selection as a research assistant (CURO course information).


The deadline to submit applications to the FACS Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Wednesday, Sept. 9, for fall semester using the FACS Graduate Student Travel Funding form which is located on each departmental website for current students, The student must provide evidence (copy of email or letter) verifying his or her scholarly presentation at the conference.


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 warmly invites all doctoral students who qualify to submit a travel request through their department to the Graduate School by the next deadline of September 11, 2015 for travel period of October 1-December 31, 2015.  More information regarding the Graduate School Travel Grant can be found at the following link, For additional questions, please contact Sabrina Hardison at 706-542-6244 or

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

  • Tuesday, Aug. 18, Development visits in Atlanta
  • Thursday, Aug. 20, Attending Georgia Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting, Savannah.
  • Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28-29, FACS Leadership Retreat, Rock Eagle 4-H Center
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, September 1, 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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