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Dr. Cara Simmons

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Student Success and Advising Center

Director + Adjunct Faculty | Pronouns: she/her

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Counseling and Student Personnel Services University of Georgia 2018
M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration University of Georgia 2007
A.B. History, Minors in Religion + Sociology University of Georgia 2003

Teaching

  • FACS 2000: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences 
  • FACS 5910/7910: Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • ECHD 7460: Issues in Student Affairs Adminstration 
  • FACS 5905/7905: FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide Internship 
  • ECHD 7740: Practicum in College Student Affairs
  • FHCE 7910: Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics Internship 

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
FACS 100 Centennial Honoree College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2018
Nettie Marie Nickols Outstanding Staff Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Super-Includer Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2017
Women's Staff Leadership Institute University of Georgia Human Resources 2017
Living the Mission - Group University of Georgia Division of Student Affairs 2010

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences President-Elect 2020 - 2021 Professional
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Leadership Council Member 2020 - 2022 Professional
Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences State Student Unit Advisor 2015 - 2020 Professional
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Member 2015 - present Professional
Southern Association for College Student Affairs Member 2018 - present Professional
American College Personnel Association Member 2017 - present Professional
UGA Gymnastics Ten-O Board of Directors Secretary 2018 - present Community
TEDxUGA Advisory Council Co-Organizer 2017 - present Institutional
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Member 2020 - present College
Athens Area Diaper Bank Board of Directors Member 2020 - present Community

Current Research

Faculty Awareness and Knowledge of Student Support Structures

Identity Development of Emerging Adults with Involved Parents

Job Description

Dr. Cara Simmons serves as Director of the Student Success and Advising Center in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is responsible for leading the center’s activities around prospective student recruitment, orientation, academic advising, internships, fellowships, retention, budgeting, career development, teaching, student involvement and leadership, experiential learning, student programming, and support services initiatives such as Bulldog Basics.

In addition to her responsibilities as Director, Dr. Simmons is the course coordinator for FACS 2000, Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences. She also facilitates the Faculty Ambassador Program. In her roles, Dr. Simmons works closely with organizations, departments, units, and individuals within the college, across campus, and in the state.

Dr. Simmons received an A.B. in History with minors in Religion and Sociology, a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia. Her experience at UGA includes positions in the Office of the President, the Tate Student Center Information Desk, Campus Reservations, the Office of Student Conduct, and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Graduate Affairs. Dr. Simmons joined the College of Family and Consumer Sciences as Director in August 2014.

Student Development Philosophy

I hope the work I do allows each student to see their best self.

Journal Articles

Linder, C. & Simmons, C. W. (2015). Career and program choice of students of color in student affairs programs. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 52(4), 414-426. doi:10.1080/19496591.2015.1081601

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