Curriculum Vitae

  • Graduate Director , Family And Consumer Studies
  • Associate Professor, Family And Consumer Studies


Current Courses

Fall 2017

  • FCS 5950-009 Undergraduate Research
  • FCS 6950-013 Individual Research
  • FCS 6960-011 Master's Project
  • FCS 6970-003 Thesis Research-Masters
  • FCS 6980-007 Faculty Consultation

Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Teaching Philosophy

            My teaching philosophy employs Malcolm Knowles’ theory of andragogy by using strategies specifically for teaching adults.  This perspective treats students as adults, meaning I give them adult responsibilities, decision making powers and opportunities for self direction.  Course policies encourage regular attendance for discussions, and provide mechanisms to assist students function at their top potential (i.e., utilization of in-depth review sheets).  Adult learners appreciate instruction that is directly relevant to their lives, so I encourage them to draw on their life experiences and share relevant aspects with the class during discussions and class exercises.  Despite some difficult topics of study (politics, human aging, divorce, discrimination, immigration, elder mistreatment, child abuse and intimate partner violence), the students learn from each other in a comfortable environment we’ve created together.  Students seem to appreciate the ability to make critical contributions to this process.

Courses I Teach

  • FCS5370 - Family Violence.
    Course examines theory, research methods, policy, law enforcement and service provision for families in harmful situations. Topics include international family violence, trafficking, PTSD, policing, psychological/emotional abuse, physical injury,sexual assault, lethality assessments, diverse populations --LGBT, military, police families, elderly, children, intimate partner violence, and polygamous groups. Course meets CW requirement with a topic paper(10%), research project (30%, presentation or paper). Two exams comprise 50% of student grade and class participation the remaining 10%.
  • FCS3430 - Family Policy and Advocacy.
    Students may opt into FCS3904 service learning credit to work with non-profit organizations who lobby the Utah State Legislature. Course introduces students to basics of government, legislative process, theories, international and interstate differences in government actions (and in-actions) that influence families. Topics include state demographics, inequality, poverty, welfare, intergenerational transfers (Social Security, SSI), health care, reproduction (China One Child Policy), infertility (surrogacy,IVF, cloning),adoption, work & family, education, juvenile delinquency, family violence, marriage/divorce, death, diverse groups and policy evaluation). There are three exams (15,20 & 25%), a research paper or presentation (25%), and class participation (10%). Students who opt for service learning present their experiences to the class.
  • FCS 5240 - Mid/Later Life Development & Family .
    Adult human development, demographic forces and family interactions for those in mid and later life. Covers baby boom aging, health, adult children, grandparenthood, aging services, chronic illness, policy, death and dying.
  • FCS 6901 - Graduate Thesis Development I.
    Introduction to Human Development and Social Policy HDSP master's level thesis construction, IRB submissions, graduate school requirements and faculty research introductions. Focus on proposal development and presentation.
  • FCS 6902 - Graduate Thesis Development II.
    Focus on master's thesis abstract, title, research methods, analysis and results and discussion. Students are socialized into the world of academic journal publishing. Provides students with more faculty research introductions and opportunities.