112 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
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|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|
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
|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.
I hope the work that I do allows each student to see their best self.