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Welcome to the Department of Human Development and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science students understand the developmental stages of humans from birth to aging adults. They are caring, hard-working and service oriented. Hands-on classroom experiences and research opportunities for Early Childhood Education graduates prepare them to be some of the most highly sought after professionals in early childhood education. Child and Family Services graduates are well prepared to provide support and service to the communities where they are employed. Students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education option gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills they will apply in secondary (grades 7 12) schools (FACSED) or county Cooperative Extension Service (FCSES) work.

HDFS Announces Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) at Oklahoma State University invites nominations and applications for three George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair positions at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. These positions support the HDFS department mission of conducting applied interdisciplinary scholarship focused on reducing risk and promoting resilience within individuals and families across cultures and generations. The George Kaiser Family Foundation has endowed three chairs in HDFS with the following titles:

For further information or to nominate a potential candidate, please contact the Search and Screen Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Laura Hubbs-Tait   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Dr. Christine Johnson   This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Intensive Longitudinal Analyses for Diary and Experience Sampling Data
Linda Sheeran Rewarded for Mentoring in Early Childhood Degree Practicum
Former human development and family science faculty honored  

Linda Sheeran’s peers commended her teaching for Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) with a Faculty Excellence Award. Sheeran is field experiences coordinator for the Great Plains IDEA Early Care and Education in a Mobile Society program.
The College of Human Sciences honored student advisers and graduate students during the annual Celeb
jamieOutstanding Undergraduate Academic Adviser
Jamie Bellah is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advising Award. Bellah serves as a professional academic adviser in the Patricia Kain Knaub Center for Student Success for Human Development and Family Science students.

Twenty-two of her advisees provided input regarding her contributions to their success. One student wrote, “Jamie Bellah is an incredible professional who always makes me excited about my future!”
A transfer student reported, “When I meet with Jamie, I feel like I am the most important person. She helps me every time I visit her office.

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