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Dr. Cara Simmons

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Student Success and Advising Center

Director, Assistant to the Dean for Leadership Development and Diversity, and Adjunct Faculty Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

Research

Faculty Awareness and Knowledge of Student Support Structures

Identity Development of Emerging Adults with Involved Parents

Teaching

  • FACS 2000: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences 
  • FACS 2001: Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FACS 5910/7910: Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FACS 5905/7905: FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide Internship 
  • FHCE 7910: Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics Internship 
  • ECHD 7460: Issues in Student Affairs Adminstration 
  • ECHD 7740: Practicum in College Student Affairs

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine | Office of Graduate Affairs Program Coordinator 4
UGA Office of Student Conduct | Student Affairs Coordinator 3
UGA Campus Reservations | Student Affairs Coordinator 2
UGA Student Activities | Student Affairs Operations Specialist 3
UGA Office of the President Clerk 1

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
40 Under 40 University of Georgia Alumni Association 2021
LEAD Athens Athens Area Chamber of Commerce 2021
Sweaney Innovation Fund College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2020
Student Affairs Research Grant University of Georgia Division of Student Affairs 2019
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 2021 - 2022 Professional
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Member 2021 - present College
Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Chair, Diversity and Inclusion 2020 - present Professional
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
UGA Gymnastics Ten-O Board of Directors Secretary 2018 - present Community
TEDxUGA Advisory Council Co-Organizer 2017 - present Institutional
Athens Area Diaper Bank Board of Directors Member 2020 - present Community

Current Classes

  • FACS 2000: Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences 
  • FACS 2001: Leadership in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FACS 5910/7910: Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences

Job Description

Dr. Cara Simmons is director of the Student Success and Advising Center, assistant to the dean for leadership development and diversity, and an adjunct faaculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is responsible for leading the center’s activities around prospective student recruitment, new student orientation, academic advising, internships, fellowships, retention, budgeting, career development, teaching, course design, 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 and teaches FACS 2001, Leadership in 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 Division of Student Affairs, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Simmons joined the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in August 2014.

Student Development Philosophy

I hope the work I do allows each student to be 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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