Dean’s Update 9/29/15

September 29th, 2015 Contact: Linda Fox  |  706-542-4879  | More about Linda


FACS, in partnership with the Office of Online Learning, is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Online Learning Fellows. These six (6) individuals were selected to participate in the spring 2016 eight-week cohort-based program which will provide faculty with the training and resources needed for the effective design, development, implementation, and evaluation of 100% online undergraduate courses. Pending approval through the curriculum systems, these new online courses will advance our offering and the skills of faculty listed below.

FDNS 2050E, Introduction to Sport Nutrition and Wellness, Jamie Cooper

FHCE 4270E, Behavioral Economics and Financial Planning for Families, Swarn Chatterjee

HDFS 2100E, Development within the Family, Jennifer Gonyea

TXMI 3210E, Fundamentals of Fashion Merchandising, Kati Medvedev

TXMI 3530E, Apparel Quality Analysis, Laura McAndrews

TXMI 6240E, Retailing Apparel and Textiles, Laura Jolly

Participants in the Online Learning Fellows program will be prepared to support and engage the online learner, understand how to cultivate instructor presence online, ensure courses comply with accessibility standards, and create courses that align with Quality Matters ( Members of a cohort will form a community of learners that can share knowledge and provide important feedback throughout the course development process. They have committed to participating fully in the workshops, cohort meetings, and design-development-peer review activities that will be coordinated by the instructional designer in Spring 2016, and to teaching the course in Summer 2016.

Courses and faculty were selected from department nominations to fulfill goals: 1) design a course likely to attract significant enrollment during the summer session; 2) offering the course during the summer help student’s progress toward graduation due to high-demand; and/or commitment by the department to offering the courses designed during this cohort program during the summer semester for at least three consecutive years beginning with 2016.                  

To move forward the approval of the new E-courses and other agenda items, the next meeting of the FACS Curriculum Committee has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 7 at 10:00am in Dawson 216.  For more information, contact Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean for Academic Programs,


The FACS experiential learning opportunities as outlined in the Implementation Plan submitted to the Curriculum EL subcommittee was approved this week. Experiential learning is offered in all departments and advised through the Student Success and Advising Center and faculty of the College during their first year to determine which experiences (internship, CURO; service-learning; study abroad or domestic field school; or non-credit research or study programs) they would like to take part in during their academic career. Independent research through CURO will satisfy the requirement for Family and Consumer Science students, as will participation in UGA-approved study tours (domestic or abroad) or exchange programs.  Directed Research, Directed Study, and Special Problems courses [under the prefix 3010 or 4960) are available in each department, and with prior approval of the Certification Officer, Associate Dean Silvia Giraudo, may also be considered to satisfy the requirement.

For more information and to add more specifics about your department or unit experiential learning opportunities, review the new FACS Experiential Learning web site


In support of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Strategic Plan to build on excellence in undergraduate education and the experiential learning initiative, the Sweaney Innovation Fund will provide funds to support faculty and student’s current projects and programs, as well as new programs that are created to meet emerging needs. Upon her retirement in December 2012, an endowment was established to honor Anne L. Sweaney’s more than 30 years of service to the college and UGA.

Applications will be sought before Friday, November 20, 2015. A maximum of $5,000 will be allocated this fall through a competitive process to fund one project for implementation during the calendar year 2016. The project selected will be one which embodies the spirit of innovation, collaboration, and will incentivize individuals or a team of FACS faculty and staff to create highly impactful and innovative instructional materials and/or design and delivery of educational programs in the college. As you develop your proposal, you are encouraged to see UGA's Center of Teaching and Learning as a strategic partner who will serve as a collaborator to assist you in your instructional innovation project.

Detailed instructions can be found on the web under “Policies and Procedures” by clicking on the following link:

For more information, contact Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean for Academic Programs,


Congratulations to Michael McGough, Grants Coordinator, who completed studies and exams to receive his CPRA (Certified Pre-Award Research Administrator) credentials. With continuing education updates, the CPRA is valid through 2020.


Individuals in leadership positions in the college will transition at the end of the fiscal year and this prompts me to announce several changes to the entire college.  First, I want to announce a couple of senior administrative changes effective July 1, 2016.

After four years of service as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs for the college, Silvia Giraudo will return to the faculty role in Foods and Nutrition Department and focus her efforts on teaching and research. I appreciate Silvia’s service and particularly leadership in study abroad and summer school program planning. She has facilitated the reorganization and focused services of the new Student Success and Advising Center and other resources in support of the experiential learning initiative in FACS.

After 10 years of service as the Department Head of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, Patti Hunt-Hurst will complete a decade of leadership July 1st. I appreciate Patti’s service and particularly the many transitions which she has been part of leading or facilitating. Such successes include the furnishings and interiors program move to newly renovated space in Barrow Hall and the addition of significant state-of-the-art research space for fiber, polymer and textiles faculty in Riverbend North. Joining the National Retail Federation and receiving the endorsement by the American Apparel and Footwear Association has strengthened programs in soft goods and merchandising studies in the unit. A search for the next TMI Head has begun with a goal to fill the position by the start of the next academic year in August 2016, Emilie Smith, Head of HDFS is chair of the search committee. Members of the search committee are: Katalin Medvedev, Associate Professor, TMI; Suraj Sharma, Associate Professor, TMI; Lilia Gomez-Lanier, Assistant Professor, TMI; Clair McClure, Ph.D. student, TMI; Laura Jolly, Professor, TMI; Sergiy Minko, Professor, TMI; Ginger Parker, Senior Accountant, TMI; and Silvia Giraudo, Associate Dean for Academic Programs. 

Second, I want to announce how we will handle two Associate Dean roles, academic programs and research, going forward. Debbie Murray continues to provide strong leadership as Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach and there is no change to her assigned duties. However, at the start of the next fiscal year, the Associate Dean positions will be internal appointments of current faculty in the college for a period of four years with potential for renewal. For faculty with academic appointments, the compensation will be two months additional salary and a salary supplement. Some teaching and/or research will be expected, with exact courses and teaching load to be negotiated.

Effective July 1, 2016, Patti Hunt-Hurst will be appointed to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. In her role, Patti will have oversight of the undergraduate program, the Student Success and Advising Centers, the experiential learning initiative and its manifestation in the college through curriculum and advising, and other strategic initiatives to advance our academic programs. Some teaching is expected, exact courses and semesters to be determined.

By the start of the fiscal year I wish to identify a member of our FACS faculty to serve as Associate Dean for Research. This individual will provide leadership and coordination to advance research and scholarly activities of the college, working closely with department heads to achieve high levels of faculty achievement and appropriate research support throughout the college. Some research and teaching is expected, exact amount to be determined. If you are interested in discussing this opportunity for yourself or to nominate someone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the 2016 National Health Outreach Conference hosted by Virginia Cooperative Extension and coordinated by a multistate planning team. The goal of the conference is to build a collaborative approach among organizations and agencies to achieve a healthier and safer America by promoting health and wellness, advancing health equity and reducing health disparities. To submit proposals, please use the following submission web link:

Proposals are due October 16th! For more information, visit the National Health Outreach Conference website:

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

  • Thursday, October 8, Middle Georgia Area FACS Alumni Gathering, Macon Georgia 
  • The next Dean's Update will be Tuesday, October 13 


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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