School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences Building Room 101
Telephone: 512-245-2155 Fax: 512-245-3829
http://www.fcs.txstate.edu/

Mission

To educate, inspire and lead to optimize the human condition.

Vision

From Local to Global Communities, we will empower people throughout the lifespan by embracing diversity and innovation.

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences includes three Master’s Degree Programs: M.S. in Family and Child Studies, M. S. in Human Nutrition, and M. S. in Merchandising and Consumer Studies.

The Family and Child Studies Program offers a flexible model of graduate experiences that allows students to develop individualized degree plans based on career goals.  Faculty provide mentorship to engage in research projects and to support students’ development and career placement.  The program currently offers three tracks: Research in Family and Human Development, Program Administration & Evaluation, and Child Life Specialist.

The Human Nutrition Program is student-centered and research focused.  The program provides a challenging and current curriculum with faculty expertise that spans molecular to community-based nutrition. Nutrition faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research and students are encouraged to participate in faculty-guided original scientific research.  Courses also include experiential and service learning opportunities that allow students to gain real-world and relevant nutrition and dietetics competencies.

The Master of Science (M.S.) major in Merchandising and Consumer Studies will educate the next generation of product developers, retail and merchandising managers, as well as consumer studies professionals, who will make pivotal and transformative decisions vital to intelligent economic, social, and environmental resource management. Our goal is to prepare students with competencies that address current and future consumer-related employment needs of Texas. MCS faculty are conducting cutting-edge research on important current issues surrounding consumers and marketplaces (such as sustainable consumer lifestyle, corporate social responsibility, and consumption behavior on social media). Faculty provide strong mentorship for graduate students to engage in research and make co-authored publications in top scholarly venues through student-driven thesis projects as well as faculty-guided scientific research. Through the integration of theory and applied knowledge, graduates gain insight related to merchandising and consumer sciences to address the cultural, demographic and lifestyle changes of today’s society. Specifically, the master’s level curriculum engages students in the analysis, critical thinking, and holistic problem solving needed to respond to the complexity and growth of consumer-centric systems.

Ahn, Mira, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Virginia Poly Inst & State Univ

Alfaro, Edna C, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Bhardwaj, Vertica, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Tennessee Knoxville

Biediger-Friedman, Lesli M, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Bishop, Nicholas Joseph, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Blunk, Elizabeth M, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Crixell, Sylvia L, Interim School Director - Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Davis, Kimberlee, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Goble, Priscilla Maria, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Gray, Christine Robison, Lecturer, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Hegde Niezgoda, Asha Latha, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Hustvedt, Gwendolyn, Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Kansas State University

Jenney, Christopher, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Penn State University Park

Johnson, Cassandra Maria, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Univ North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Kang, Jiyun, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Lane, Michelle A, Associate Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Rutgers State Univ of NJ Newark

Perez-Brena, Norma Judith, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Ramirez, Stefanie Ann, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Salcedo, Ramona, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Shen, Yishan, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Thornton, Hannah, Clinical Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, M.S., Texas State University

Youens, Christina Van Husen, Lecturer, Family & Consumer Sciences, M.S., Texas Woman's University

Zuniga, Krystle E, Assistant Professor, Family & Consumer Sciences, Ph.D., Univ of Illinois Urbana-Champaign