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Dr. Kathleen  O'Rourke

Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke

Professor & Family Services Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Office: 2010 - Klehm Hall
Phone: 217-581-6350
Fax: 217-581-6090
Email: kaorourke@eiu.edu
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/famsci/facultystaff.php?id=kaorourke&subcat=

Kathleen O'Rourke's Vita


Dr. O'Rourke has been a faculty member in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University since 2001. She serves as the Family Services Program Area Coordinator. Dr. O'Rourke teaches Research Methods, Readings in Human Development, Administration and Supervision in Family and Consumer Sciences, Aging and the Family, The Family in Crisis, Undergraduate Research, Family Resource Management, Women in Contemporary Society, Family Perspectives, and Foundations in Family and Consumer Sciences. She serves as a faculty chapter co-advisor of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society at EIU. Dr. O'Rourke is a member of the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Faculty Committee and the Women's Studies Faculty at EIU. At the national level, Dr. O'Rourke is the President of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.

From 1999-2001, Dr. O'Rourke was the Director of the Early Childhood PreK-Grade 4 Teacher Licensure Program and a faculty member in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. From 1996-2001, she was an adjunct instructor in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.  From 1996-1999, Dr. O'Rourke was employed by St. Mary's Hospital (currently known as Tennova Healthcare) as a Geriatric Case Manager for the Employee Assistance Program and a Geriatric Consultant specializing in grant writing for Senior and Community Services. While at St. Mary's, she coordinated intergenerational programming for the Alzheimer's day program and child care center and also worked with the senior outreach and education program, senior fitness program, senior transportation program, and assisted living program.

Spring 2014 Office Hours:

January 13-March 6: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-9:00 a.m., 10:15-11:00 a.m., 1:30-2:45 p.m. 

March 17-May 2:  Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-9:00 a.m., 10:15-12:15 
Spring 2014 Class Schedule:

Women in Contemporary Society (FCS 2831) 
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Family Perspectives (FCS 2000) (January 13-March 6)
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Research (FCS 4440)
January 24-25 and February 21-22

The Family in Crisis (FCS 4845)

Readings in Human Development and Family Life (FCS 5850)



The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Ph.D. Child and Family Studies   1999
Specialization/Minor: Gerontology

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
M.S. Home Economics-Human Development and Family Life   1995

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
B.S. Home Economics-Family Services   1994.

Professional Organizations

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

Illinois Council on Family Relations

Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
-National President
-EIU Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter Faculty Adviser

National Council on Family Relations


  • Disclosure, reporting, and support related to sexual assault among college-aged women
  • Benefits of intergenerational relationships between older adults with dementia and young children
  • Predictors of quality in grandparent-grandchild relationships
  • Portrayal of older adults in children's literature
  • Types and quality of support and resources for caregivers of older adults with dementia
  • Indicators of developmentally appropriate practice and activities for infants through 5-year old children
  • Environmental organization in programs for older adults and young children
  • Individual and family resiliency related to conflict and crisis

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