Dean’s Update 8/4/15

August 5th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


FACS Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students are invited to join in for the 2015 Welcome Back to School Picnic. This event will take place Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:00pm-2:00pm on the lawn behind Dawson Hall. Please RSVP for this event to help us have an accurate meal count


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

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).

Assistantships are one-semester, non-renewable awards for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

If beneficial for their programs of study, students may conduct research with faculty members outside their department, college or school, including those units that do not have any or many undergraduate programs.


The deadline to submit applications to the 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.

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, and departmental accountant.  Please let Sherri Stephens know if you have any questions,


Allocation of funds for domestic research travel formerly held by the Office of the Provost will be distributed to colleges/schools. Support for domestic research presentation travel should be directed to the Dean’s Office using the standard facs form “Request for Special Funding” found on the college “Policies and Procedures” web site The college has a pool of $10,000 designated for domestic travel for FY16.


As part of improving research administration on the UGA campus, the Pre-Award and Post-Award Grant Administration Team 4 will meet with FACS faculty, staff, department heads and associate deans on Monday, August 24th at 8:30 am, Dawson room 306. The purpose of the meeting is for your department to informally meet with the research administration team supporting your department – placing a name with a face. 

The tone of the meeting is informal and should take no more than 30-45 minutes. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. The eight-member Grants Team 4 is assigned to our college and would like to hear how they can better serve our needs for research administration and give you an opportunity to ask questions. Please let Dean Fox or Michael McGough know if there is a certain topic you would like them to address at the meeting. Here is a brief summary of the Team:

Bruce Fitzgerald is a Grants Accounting Specialist II in the post-award office.  His primary responsibilities include invoicing and reporting. He holds a BBA and Masters in Accounting from Georgia State University.

Savannah Whaley is a Grants Accounting Specialist I in the post-award office.  Her primary responsibilities include invoicing and reporting. She holds a BBA in Accounting from Georgia College and State University.

Morgan Bennett is a Grants Accounting Specialist III in the post-award office.  Morgan has worked in research administration for ten years. She holds an AA in Education from Young Harris College and a BS in Fashion Merchandising from UGA.

Catherine Cuppett is the Department Manager at Sponsored Programs and the Functional Manager for the OVPR eResearch Portal for Grants and Awards. Catherine has a B.S. in Multinational Business and Finance from FSU, as well as a J.D. from UGA.

Amanda Cochran working in the pre-award office in the spring of 2015 as a Grants Assistant. Amanda came to us from Athens Regional. She earned a BS in Psychology from UGA.

Richard Hall started working in the pre-award office in the fall of 2014 as a Grants Assistant and was recently promoted to a Grants Specialist. Hall has a BS in Economics from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

Lacy Tench is originally from Montgomery, AL and graduated from Auburn University. Tench started at UGA in the Genetics Department as a Grants Coordinator and recently moved to OSP as a Grants Specialist.

LaShána Lee, Grant Specialist assists the Directors of the Learning Communities, Washington Semester Program and Academic Honesty. LaShána obtained a BA and MPA from UGA.


University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and Provost Pamela Whitten have announced a new hiring initiative focused on recruiting faculty to enhance the university's instruction and scholarship in the rapidly growing field of informatics. The initiative will create up to eight new tenure-stream positions in informatics—a broad field that encompasses the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, analysis and dissemination of massive data sets—and the deans of all of UGA's schools and colleges have been invited to submit proposals.


FDN welcomes temporary faculty member Dr. Angela Rincon to teach courses in consumer foods upon the retirement of Dr. Ruth Ann Swanson, effective August 1st. Angela is currently a research food technologist at the USDA-ARS Research Center here in Athens where she provides assistance to the Quality and Safety Assessment Unit projects, sensory analysis and antimicrobial packaging. She completed her Ph.D. in food science and technology at UGA in December 2014 and has prior experience teaching and advising undergraduates.

HDFS welcomes their newest faculty hire effective August 14th. Dr. Kimberlee Spencer has been hired as a clinical assistant professor to serve as Child Life Coordinator under the leadership of director Dr. Laura McKee. Spencer received her Ph.D. in child development from Texas Women’s University and her master’s in early childhood education from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

HDFS is pleased to announce that they have a new Business Accountant, Ms. Stephanie Martin who started August 1st. She brings an impressive background from her work performing financial functions in Grady College.  

TMI welcomes a new Administrative Associate II, Ms. Katrina Neidlinger. Katrina will be working closely with the faculty in TMI. She has vast knowledge in the administrative field from her past 18 years of working experience. 


Congratulations to Laura Kelley in her new role as the 2015-2016 FACS Staff Council chair. Laura is an Administrative Associate for Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Science. The 2015-2016 FACS Staff Council committee members include Missy Pruitt-FHCE, Barbara Derricotte-HDFS, Sharon Hanson-FDN, and Ginger Parker-TMI.


Renovations to the men’s restroom on the second floor of Dawson Hall began August 3rd. The restroom will be closed until further notice as construction takes place. Renovations funded by Minor Renovation and Repair will begin fall semester on the 3rd floor to upgrade the research lab 371 for FDN sports nutrition program, Dr. Jamie Cooper.

In other buildings, Barrow Hall, new equipment is in place for repurposing the studio lab in room 215. The equipment was funded by a grant from Cotton Incorporated to TMI.

In House B, the FHCE Financial Planning program has completed the renovations to build and equip a financial communications and performance training lab. This renovation project was funded by TD Ameritrade.


Several of your colleagues and staff have made office moves this summer. Here are new office locations for those who moved, and building and office numbers of the newest faculty hires:

Barrow Hall 200B – Laura McAndrews, faculty, TMI

Dawson 111 – Anne Allen, SSAC Academic Advisor, TMI

Dawson Hall 209 – Michael McGough, Grants Coordinator

Dawson Hall 203B – Missy Pruitt, FHCE accountant

Dawson Hall 261A – Kimberlee Spencer, faculty, HDFS

Dawson 250 – Jamie Cooper, faculty, FDN

Dawson 273 – Angela Rincon, temporary faculty, FDN

Dawson 300 – Teresa Mauldin, faculty, FHCE

Dawson 317 – Greg Vessels, Georgia Soft Goods Distinguished Professor, TMI

Dawson 303 – Leonid Ionov, joint faculty Engineering and TMI

Hoke Smith Annex 202 – Alison Berg, faculty and extension specialist, FDN

Food Science 205 – Chad Paton, joint faculty FDN and Food Science and Technology, CAES

Family Science Ctr 2 (House D) Room 204 – Jay Mancini, faculty, Anne Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor, HDFS

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

  • Thursday and Friday, August 6 and 7, development travel and alumni reception in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14, UGA Senior Administrators’ Retreat, Brasstown Valley, GA.
  • The next Dean’s Update will be Tuesday, August 18, 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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