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Dear Prospective Graduate Student:

Thank you for your interest in the Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences' graduate program! The Master's in Family and Consumer Sciences is an applied graduate program that focuses on teaching, experiential learning, research, and theoretical application to improve our diverse, global society. Through an integrative approach, the Master's in FCS program advances critical thinking, reflective practice, knowledge, and communication skills. Graduates work in non-profit organizations, social service agencies, court advocacy, outreach programs, teaching, or go on to doctoral programs at other institutions.

The program offers a great deal of flexibility and students are allowed to develop the schedule that best fits their life. Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, on the weekends, and online. Students are not required to, but can complete the program in one year (three semesters).

We will begin accepting applications for graduate assistantships for the 2017-2018 academic year beginning January 1, 2017. The deadline for materials to be received to complete the application file is February 17, 2017. We will continue to review applications until the positions are filled. The requirements are that the applicant must have applied to the Graduate School at EIU, have a minimum of 2.75 GPA, and be pursuing the Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences degree.

To apply to the program, submit an online application to the EIU Graduate School here:
https://www.eiu.edu/myeiu/ Then apply to the FCS program and upload
additional application materials (resume, letter of intent, letters of recommendation) here:

Contact me if you have questions regarding the assistantships or the application process. I wish you the very best as you make decisions regarding your academic and professional pursuits.

Dr. Linda Simpson
MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator
Jeanette Andrade Instructor & Didactic Program in Dietetics Coordinator
jmevans@eiu.edu | (217) 581-6676 | 2022 Klehm Hall | Profile

Dr. Andrade's research interest focuses on evaluating and assessing different strategies used for nutrition education to understand how and if these strategies motivate one to change and sustain their dietary behaviors.

Axton E. Betz-Hamilton Assistant Professor
aebetz@eiu.edu | 309-338-9889 | 4321 Klehm Hall | Profile

Child identity theft, financial abuse within families; psychopathy

Melanie T. Burns Interim Chair, MSND Coordinator
mdburns@eiu.edu | 217-581-6680 | 1433 Klehm Hall | Profile

Foods and Nutrition faculty

Erin K. Clifford Adjunct Instructor
eksteben@eiu.edu | (217) 581-6952 | 2017 Klehm Hall | Profile
Donna J. Coonce Instructor & ABC Program Coordinator
djcoonce@eiu.edu | 217-581-6352 | 2050 Klehm Hall | Profile
Emily C. Dupuis Adjunct Instructor
ecdupuis@eiu.edu | 217-581-6076 | 2014 Klehm Hall | Profile
Jacquelyn B. Frank Associate Professor
jbfrank@eiu.edu | 217-581-7843 | 1431 Klehm Hall | Profile

Alzheimer’s & dementia; service learning & student writing; prisoners – aging, stigma, & attitudes about release

Karen E. Hart Instructor & CD Lab On-site Director
khart2@eiu.edu | 217-581-7917 | 1102 Buzzard Hall | Profile
Amanda Harvey Interim Associate Director for Health Service & Adjunct Instructor
ajharvey2@eiu.edu | 217-581-7786 | Profile
Nichole Hugo Assistant Professor
nhugo@eiu.edu | 217-581-2410 | 2056 Klehm Hall | Profile

Dr. Hugo is an Assistant Professor within the Hospitality focus of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her research interests include hotel management, destination image, meeting and event planning, marketing, and sustainability.

Karla J. Kennedy-Hagan Professor
kjkennedyhagan@eiu.edu | 217-581-6353 | 1439 Klehm Hall | Profile

Nutrition & physical activity; child nutrition; nutrition education

Felicia Magee Office Support Specialist in Housing & Dining and FCS Adjunct Instructor
fymagee@eiu.edu | (217) 581-3334 | Profile
Kathleen O'Rourke Professor and M.A. in Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator
kaorourke@eiu.edu | Profile
Deborah Reifsteck Instructor & Academic Advisor
ddreifsteck@eiu.edu | 217-581-6359 | 1429 Klehm Hall | Profile

Apparel & Textiles, Merchandising, Consumer Studies

James D. Roche Adjunct Instructor
jdroche@eiu.edu | 3096697015 | Online Office Hours Remote | Profile
Katherine A. Shaw Associate Professor, MS in FCS & Departmental Honors Coordinator
kashaw2@eiu.edu | 217-581-6955 | Klehm Hall 2425 | Profile

Retail place attachment; sociology/psychology of clothing; online shopping behaviors; visual merchandising

Michelle (Mikki) Sherwood Professor, Family Services Program & Undergraduate Internship Coordinator
mlsherwood@eiu.edu | 217-581-6349 | Profile

Multiculturalism & Diversity; Sexuality; History of FCS

Linda Simpson MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator, Executive Director Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center
ldsimpson@eiu.edu | 217-581-2315 | 2050 Klehm Hall | Profile
Richard F. Wilkinson Professor; Apparel & Textiles, Financial Literacy, Hospitality Management, and Merchandising Program Coordinator
rfwilkinson@eiu.edu | 217-581-6046 | 4325 Klehm Hall | Profile

Hospitality management; tourism development; hospitality manager job satisfaction & work environment; hospitality student retention & career decisions

Christina S. Yousaf Instructor
csyousaf@eiu.edu | 217-581-6374 | 2020 Klehm Hall | Profile

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