Admission to the major in family and child studies and to the interdisciplinary major in early childhood studies is limited. See “Limited Admissions and Limited Retention Requirements” in the Admission section of this catalog.
The School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences prepares professionals who support families and individuals in meeting their basic human needs. The programs are based on an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and the humanities. Students learn theories and their application to professions in nonprofit organizations, private practice, government, education, and business. Graduates have the necessary foundation for a career as well as further study. Students majoring in a program offered by the school may obtain licensure to teach family and consumer sciences/home economics at the secondary level.
The student must be in good standing at NIU to declare a major or premajor in the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences.
Policy on Dismissal
University policy requires that students be informed of the possibility of being dismissed from practicums, internships, and early field experiences. In the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences, such a possibility exists in FCNS 240, FCNS 256, FCNS 293, FCNS 294, FCNS 295, FCNS 296, FCNS 341, FCNS 344, FCNS 356, FCNS 393, FCNS 394, FCNS 395, FCNS 396, FCNS 398, FCNS 431, FCNS 474, FCNS 475, FCNS 490, FCNS 493, FCNS 495, FCNS 497, SEEC 485A, and SEEC 485B. A statement of grounds for dismissal is available from the coordinator of each internship.
The School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences standards committee may review a student who displays behavior that threatens the health and/or safety of others in settings such as a major class, practicum, internship, or school-related activity.
Students who plan to major in a program offered by the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences should take chemistry and biology in high school.
Prospective minors should consult with the school’s undergraduate academic adviser so the school may plan to accommodate students in required courses. These minors are not open to students majoring in a program offered by the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences.
Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences Faculty
Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D., Northwestern University, professor, chair
Sheila Barrett, Ph.D., Florida International University, assistant professor
Susan P. Bowers, Ph.D., Ohio State University, associate professor
Priyanka Chakraborty, Ph.D., The University of Georgia-Athens, assistant professor
Sarah L. Cosbey, Ph.D., Iowa State University, associate professor
Barb Cuppett, M.A., St. Mary’s College of Minnesota, supportive professional staff
Shi-Ruei Sherry Fang, Ph.D., Michigan State University, professor
Bryan Flower, M.S., Robert Morris University, Chicago, supportive professional staff
Beverly Henry, Ph.D., Loyola University, associate professor
Nicholas Hryhorczuk, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, assistant professor
Hyun-Mee Joung, Ph.D., Iowa State University, associate professor
Lan Li, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, professor
Xiaohui (Sophie) Li, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, assistant professor
Judith Lukaszuk, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, professor
Clarissa Luke, M.S., Northern Illinois University, supportive professional staff
J. Elizabeth Miller, Ph.D., University of Georgia, associate professor
Bette Montgomery, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, associate professor
Eunha Myung, Ph.D., University of Nevada-Las Vegas, associate professor
Jane Rose Njue, Ph.D., Iowa State University, associate professor
Nancy Prange, M.S., Northern Illinois University, supportive professional staff
Lisa Schmidt, M.S., Northern Illinois University, supportive professional staff
Lin Shi, Ph.D., Texas Tech University, professor
D. Scott Sibley, Ph.D., Kansas State University, assistant professor
Florensia Flora Surjadi, Ph.D., Iowa State University, assistant professor
Josephine Umoren, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, associate professor
Charline Xie, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, professor