Cara Winston Simmons, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences



112 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602


workOffice Phone: 706-542-4847


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 University of Georgia 2003


ECHD 7740, Practicum in College Student Affairs 

FACS 5905/7905, FACS Legislative and Congressional Aide Internship (Teaching Assistant)

FHCE 7910, Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics Internship (Teaching Assistant)


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

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


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Member 2016-present Professional
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Member 2015-present Professional
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Member 2015-present Professional
Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences State Student Unit Advisor 2015-present Professional
Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Member 2015-present Volunteer
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Member 2002-present Sorority
American College Personnel Association Member 2017-present Professional
TEDxUGA Advisory Council Member 2017-present Professional


Cara Simmons serves as the Director of the Student Success and Advising Center in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is responsible for directing the center’s activities around recruitment, orientation, advising, retention, budgeting, career development, student involvement and leadership, experiential learning, student programming, and support services initiatives such as Bulldog Basics, Get Into Career Gear, and the FACS Forward Mentorship Program. 

Cara 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. Cara’s experience in student affairs 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. Cara joined the College of Family and Consumer Sciences in August 2014.

Student Development Philosophy

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