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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 2016-2017 academic year beginning January 1, 2016. The deadline for materials to be received to complete the application file is February 15, 2016. 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. Katie Shaw
MS in FCS Graduate Coordinator
Axton E. Betz-Hamilton Assistant Professor
aebetz@eiu.edu | 309-338-9889 | 4321 Klehm Hall | Profile

Child identity theft, financial abuse within families; psychopathy

Tamatha (Lisa) L. Brooks Assistant Professor
tlbrooks@eiu.edu | 217-581-6958 | 2018 Klehm Hall | Profile

Professionalism; ethics; hospitality

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

Foods and Nutrition faculty

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

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

Frances L. Murphy Professor
flmurphy@eiu.edu | 217-581-6997 | 4110 Lumpkin Hall | Profile

International human services programs; child & family resilience; child guidance & discipline; brain development in children; family/community life in the Republic of Moldova; and social structures in South Africa.

Kathleen O'Rourke Professor and M.A. in Aging Studies Graduate Coordinator
kaorourke@eiu.edu | 217-581-6350 | 2010 Klehm Hall | Profile
Katherine A. Shaw Associate Professor/ 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 Assistant Chair and Professor
mlsherwood@eiu.edu | 217-581-6349 | Profile

Multiculturalism & Diversity; Sexuality; History of FCS

Linda Simpson Chair, Professor, & Executive Director Literacy in Financial Education (LIFE) Center
ldsimpson@eiu.edu | 217-581-2315 | 1030 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

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