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Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Position Summary

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia is seeking an exceptional individual for the position of Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. The UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences has undergone rapid growth in its research and educational enterprise over the past decade. Enrollment in the College has increased 20 percent and research activity in the College has doubled through a focus on use-inspired research that addresses global challenges facing individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Georgia. Growth in our research and instructional programs have been accompanied by significant investments in our facilities for teaching, laboratory instruction, and research. FY22 research and outreach funding totaled over $12.7 million, ranking the College 6th out of 18 total colleges and schools at UGA .

The Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship will create programs that further our strategic priorities within the College and align our programs with the strategic plan of the university. The College’s 2025 Strategic Plan for RIE lays out a vision for enhancing faculty, staff, and both undergraduate and graduate student research capacity within a comprehensive, land-grant university. The Associate Dean will be a key leader in the implementation of this plan by creating coordinated programs that build on our current research strengths and leverage the significant investments made in our infrastructure. The Associate Dean will facilitate interdisciplinary research across UGA’s academic units, institutes, and centers to address high-priority issues and, when outcomes align with opportunities for new product development, establish new sustainable industry partnerships. This leader, along with associate deans for academic programs and for outreach and Extension, will leverage the already strong position of the College into a leading position in the university for campus-wide initiatives such as the Innovation District. The Associate Dean will also work closely with faculty, directors, and department heads in the College to lead efforts of the FACS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee to design, test, and implement creative solutions to needs of communities, families, and people using interdisciplinary methods.

The Associate Dean will:
• Provide leadership and vision for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the College.
• Support efforts to grow research funding, high quality publications, and national and international visibility of faculty across multiple disciplines.
• Promote interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside of FACS .
• Execute programmatic and fiscal responsibilities of the College with particular emphasis on facilities and technology to aid research and scholarship.
• Supervise pre- and post-award staff and work closely with department business managers.
• Collaborate with the Vice President for Research, the AVP and Director of the Innovation Gateway, and the Office of Sponsored Programs to secure grants and contracts and expand patents and product to market.
• Support and promote research and outreach faculty engagement through the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance ( CTSA ) endeavors to serve citizens and communities promoting the integration of special and underserved populations in translational health research across the human lifespan.
• Demonstrate commitment to actively increasing the diversity of the faculty, staff, and students.

The Associate Dean will be expected to uphold UGA and the College’s values of accessibility, diversity, and inclusion as detailed in the diversity, equity, and inclusion plan for the College by creating programs that enhance the representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in our research, innovation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The position is open until filled; however, to ensure full consideration, application materials should be received by October 23, 2022, for the review process. Complete applications will include 1) a cover letter of interest that addresses how credentials and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, 2) a curriculum vita, 3) the names and contact information (emails and phone numbers) of three professional references, and 4) a diversity statement (upload to Other Documents #1). The diversity statement should address how your prior experiences demonstrate your commitment to an inclusive learning environment in administration, teaching, mentoring, research, or service.

Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Noel Card, Chair of the Search Committee (, or Ms. Catherine Floyd (

The college welcomes applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion.

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Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship


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About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The College of Family and Consumer Sciences, sixth largest at UGA in terms of undergraduate enrollment, is a student-centered college that emphasizes holistic student development and has grown rapidly in recent years to a current total enrollment of about 1,600 students. There are approximately 110 total faculty members in the College, where undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in all areas of family and consumer sciences, as well as collaborative programs with other schools, colleges, centers and institutes at the University. The College provides a comprehensive graduate program, offering masters and doctoral degrees in all four departments with a current enrollment of about 319 graduate students. Administratively, the College is comprised of four academic departments: Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics; Nutritional Sciences; Human Development and Family Science; and Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors as well as the Institute on Human Development and Disability. The College is proud of and benefits from a high degree of diversity in its faculty, students and programs. International opportunities are strongly supported in the College and the University. Programs of outreach and public service, including outstanding Cooperative Extension initiatives, extend the resources of the College and University to the general public and targeted audiences. Faculty in the College manage significant external grants and contracts for research and public service from the NIH, USDA, DOD, NIMH, NIDA, DOE, the CDC and GEFA among others. Additional information about the College of Family and Consumer Sciences is available at .

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Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

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Assoc/Asst Dean AC


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Fiscal (12 mo.)

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Minimum Qualifications

A terminal degree is required at time of application in a FACS related discipline.

Additional Requirements

Applicants must have attained the rank of Professor or have completed at least five years as Associate Professor (for appointment to rank of Professor) and must show clear and convincing evidence of high levels of achievement in scholarship, and administration. For more information about the requirements for the rank of Professor, please see the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure .

Candidates for the position of Associate Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship must have maintained a significant funded research program in disciplines related to an area of FACS .

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Candidates should have a background that includes most if not all of the following: publication in prominent peer-reviewed journals, managing substantial extramurally-funded projects, primary mentorship of graduate students who have been awarded research degrees, mentorship of faculty seeking research opportunities, participation on grant review committees and/or journal review, and organizational leadership.

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Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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