Dean’s Update 8/19/14

August 20th, 2014 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


It was great fun to have over 150 faculty, staff and graduate students attend the “Welcome Back to School Picnic” for the college last week. Thanks to the planning committee for a successful event, great food and activities.


The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) announced the Fall 2014 Workshop and Speaker Series.  Several types of events are planned in support of the university's instructional mission this semester, including the following:


The deadline to submit applications to the Dean's Office for Graduate Student Travel Funding is Tuesday, Sept. 9, for fall semester. All student requests must be presented on the Graduate Student Travel Funding form which is located on each departmental website for current students, All signatures are required on these forms as well.

Requests will be reviewed on Sept. 10, by Dean Fox and 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 Becky Price know if you have any questions,

Doctoral Student Travel Grants from the OVPR

International travel grants Faculty, research professionals, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students are available through the Vice President for Research  Check the guidelines for due dates.

Doctoral students who are at an advanced stage in their graduate program and are presenting results of their dissertation findings should be aware of this source of funding. Contact your graduate coordinator in order to submit their request to the Office of the Vice President for Research. Students receiving an invitation to present a paper at a professional meeting within the continental United States may submit a travel request to the Graduate School. Contact the department’s graduate coordinator concerning the guidelines applicable to these travel grants. See the OVPR website for more information.


A series of workshops on the essentials of conducting research at UGA will be held this fall. Although targeted to new UGA faculty, all are welcome to attend . The first session on the UGA eResearch Portal is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am.


One FACS representative was on the Public Service and Outreach statewide tour Sheri Worthy, Department Head, FHCE was among the 40 attendees on the one week tour. They passed through 48 counties, stopping in nine cities to visit businesses, organizations and historical sites to learn more about the state’s people, culture, history and the economics. The tour also promoted UGA President Jere W. Morehead’s economic development initiative, announced earlier this year. At each stop, the faculty members will hear from business leaders, state officials and local government representatives. Ask Sheri what were some of the highlights were personally to her of the many news stories about the New UGA Faculty set out on tour of Georgia

For faculty hired within their first three years at UGA, watch for the opportunity to sign up for next year’s tour!


Last Thursday and Friday I attended the university’s annual Senior Administrators’ Retreat, which includes vice presidents, deans, and other members of upper administration. The focus was an update on progress by the university to address key goals of President Morehead and the collective leadership of the university. Topics included:

  • Online Learning Update, Vice President Laura Jolly
  • Research Productivity Update, Vice President David Lee
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Enhancement, Provost Pamela Whitten
  • UGA’s Development Structure, Vice President Kelly Kerner

Each topical overview was followed by breakout discussions and recommendations for priority actions in the upcoming year. The agenda included a breakfast with the Deans and President Morehead.

In anticipation for the retreat, I prepared a brief report, less than two pages, as a summary of the college accomplishments over the last year. Among the accomplishments I chose to highlight in my report for the Senior Administrator’s Retreat notebook are the following:

  1. Encouraged interdisciplinary research and outreach programs. Received three new interdisciplinary faculty positions through the 4th Presidential Hiring Initiative. Hired Lillian Sattler, joint Foods and Nutrition with Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy. Hired Heidi Ewen, joint Housing with Institute of Gerontology, College of Public Health. Negotiating with top candidate in fiber, polymer and textile science position, a joint appointment with the College of Engineering.
  2. Worked with OVPR to improve research infrastructure. Expanded to newly renovated lab space in River Bend North for new Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science and in Rivers Crossing for new endowed Professor in Childhood Obesity. Completed renovation of two labs for nutrition sciences in Dawson/Spiers Halls.
  3. We continue to build undergraduate enrollment in key areas, increasing student credit hours and adding online courses and online degree programs.
    • Renamed the department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics (FHCE) and the online master’s degree and certificate in financial planning will launch fall 2014.
    • In Foods and Nutrition (FDN), developed new curriculum in nutrition for sport and exercise.
    • In Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors (TMI), expanded fiber and polymer science, applied personal and household “smart” textiles research and teaching.
    • In TMI, expanded fashion merchandising and product development curriculum. Joined the National Retail Foundation and the American Apparel and Footwear Association Education Foundation. Both will support students through educational programs and scholarships.
  4. Enhanced graduate education. Increased graduate student enrollment in FACS in fall 2013 by 18% over previous year’s enrollment.
  5. Increased revenue through sponsored programs. We continue to make great strides in this area despite federal government budget impasse and sequestration. For the fiscal year end, we can claim having submitted over 80 proposals totaling over $23 million.
  6. Increased revenue through philanthropy.
    • The College concluded its best fundraising year, posting $1.7Mil in new gifts, not including pledges.
    • Prepared for the Campaign through consultation lunches in Macon, Gainesville, Athens, and Atlanta.
    • Established a $10 Million campaign goal, not including new and/or renovation of facilities.
  7. Integrated Extension and Public Service and Outreach functions in the academic departments. This is improving faculty collaborations within the college and with College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Hosted FACS and UGA Extension Centennial events 1914-2014.

I also listed these three broad goals and action steps for me and the College for the upcoming year (2014-2015):

  1. Increase revenue through sponsored programs and through philanthropy
  2. Enhance instruction and advising
  1. Strengthen Public Service and Extension


Twenty members of the FACS Alumni Board met last Saturday in an all-day Retreat at Rivers Crossing. The Retreat, facilitated by Louise Hill, a FACS alumnae and past president of the Association, 1987-1988, focused on framing the strategies for the Board’s work to advance new and novel networking opportunities to connect FACS alumni to the college, to UGA and to each other. We also welcomed our newest member of the external relations team for the college, Ms. Victoria (Vicky) Dorsey, M.Ed. (BSHE’85), Director of Alumni and Corporate Engagement.

Mark your calendar for key FACS Alumni Association sponsored events:

South Campus Tailgate

Saturday, September 20, 9:00 am

Location:  Legion Field, three hours prior to kickoff

Register before Friday, September 12

FACS Donor and Scholar Recognition Reception

Friday, October 17

Location: Special Collections Library

FACS Parents & Families Day

Saturday, October 18

10:00 am – noon, Dawson Hall

Dogs with the Dean

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Location:  Pou’s Pillars (in front of Dawson Hall)

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

  • Thursday, August 21, the Georgia Apartment Industry Education Foundation (GAIEF) Celebration of Education – The Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA
  • Friday and Saturday, August 22 - 23 – Leadership FACS Retreat – Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Eatonton, GA
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014


Linda Kirk Fox


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