The second finalist in the search for the next dean of the College of Human Sciences will visit campus March 29-30. Laura Jolly currently serves as professor of textiles, merchandising and interiors at the University of Georgia, Athens.
Jolly's public forum with the university community is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29 (4-5 p.m., 0210 Bessey).
The first finalist, Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell, University of Wisconsin, Madison, visited March 21-22. A third finalist will be announced March 31 and visit campus April 5-6.
Since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2007, Jolly has served as dean and associate director of cooperative extension and experiment station in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (2007-10), and as vice president for instruction (2010-15).
Previously, Jolly served for six years each as professor in the retail, hospitality and tourism management department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and as chair of the interior design, merchandising and textiles department at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Her academic career also includes appointments at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater; and Texas Tech University, Lubbock.
Jolly earned a bachelor's degree (1977) in vocational home economics education from the University of Mississippi, Oxford; and master's (1979) and doctoral (1983) degrees in clothing, textiles and merchandising from Oklahoma State.
Vitae for the finalists, as well as a feedback form, are available on the provost office's position search website.
In September, Human Sciences dean Pam White announced her plans to retire this July.
Campus visits scheduled for three Human Sciences dean finalists, March 10, 2016
Committee named for Human Sciences dean search, Oct. 8, 2015
White announces retirement, Sept. 3, 2015