Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Journal of Family (and) Consumer Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal of family and consumer sciences covering research to practice. Founded in 1909, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 3, 2001

A Letter to Mrs. Richards
Dear Mrs. Richards: This is my first letter to you. I've been reading about your work of 100 years ago. I'm in awe of what you and your associates did to carve out a new profession and give birth to a still-thriving professional association that I, and...
An Open Letter to My Students
As dean of a major unit of family and consumer sciences at a Research I university, I often am called on to talk to students about the College of Human Sciences, its history, contributions, and relevance. The College is a diverse one, made up of 10 undergraduate,...
Beyond the Tangible
When we speak of a soul, the soul of a profession or souls in general, we are speaking of that part of the human experience that is beyond the tangible. Professions, any other or ours, do not have in and of themselves a soul. The reality of a soul comes...
Bringing Meaning and Reason for Life
The soul of our profession is developing mankind including improvements, education, and enhancement. A person marches through life to his or her own beat. This beat must work for them and everyone in their environment for the betterment of all mankind....
College Celebrates Pivotal Role in the History of Home Economics
TRENDS, FORECASTS, AND IMAGES OF THE FUTURE As the College of Human Ecology at Cornell celebrates the centennial of the field of home economics with events throughout the year, its faculty and administration are reflecting on the college's role as the...
Considerations for Those Planning Careers in Academia
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS Each year a new crop of anxious professionals joins the academic world. Many will have dreams of making lasting impressions on the lives of the students they will teach or reach through their research. Others dream of making discoveries...
Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger
The US National Committee is launching a worldwide educational initiative for World Food Day. The "Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger" (FMFH) project provides classroom teachers with materials to cover topics on "What is Hunger and Malnutrition and Who are...
Food Policy Forum Executive Summary
March 27, 2001 A cross section of congressional, administration, and civil society representatives participated in the first Food Policy Forum in Room HC-5 of the U.S. Capitol. The Forum was held in conjunction with the 20th Annual Meeting of World Food...
Keeping the Betty Lamp Burning
ABSTRACT AAFCS Leaders and New Achievers viewpoints regarding characterizations of family and consumer sciences, core values of the field, factors that motivate them to sustain their commitment to the profession, and recommendations for transmitting...
Opinion Editorial
An OpinionIn order to maintain our viability as a profession and an association, we must be able to answer the following questions: "How can we maintain our viability as a profession, or as an association, in the 21 " Century?" or, "What are the chances...
Our Brand of Soul
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Branding the family and consumer sciences profession . . . "Ridiculous!" was my first reaction when I received an invitation to participate in a workshop about branding for associations. "How can you possibly think...
Our Collective Soul
The Soul of the Profession At the Fourth Annual Lake Placid Conference, Professor W.O. Atwater, the "father of nutrition", criticized the name of "home economics" for our profession (Lake Placid Conference on Home Economics, 1902). Rather, he favored...
Our Intellectual Ecology: A Treatise on Home Economics
This appeared in the Fall 1990 issue of the Journal of Home Economics. At the time, Kinsey Green was dean, College of Home Economics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, and had served as executive director of the American Home Economics Association...
Segments of Our Soul
The "soul of the profession"? What a thought provoking, almost mind boggling concept! After much reflection, I have identified four segments of the profession's soul that are significant to me. This profession was born in struggle and conflict. Ellen...
Shaping Public Policy
How can members become more involved in public policy issues? It is not a comfortable area for many people. In 1996, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) started an annual Challenge activity to encourage members...
Soul of the Profession-My Mother
As I thought about who has modeled Lthe "soul of the profession" in my life I thought about several colleagues and instructors over the past 34 years who have instilled in me the spirit and essence of the family and consumer sciences profession. But...
Soul Shaping Borne of Personal Experience
When I was asked to reflect on the soul of family and consumer sciences for this issue, I did what any self-respecting academic would do in these times-I did a web search with my computer For me, "soul" is a term that defies literal definition. Even...
Soul Walking
Soul evades definition. It is the indefinable essence of spirit and being. It can not be touched and yet the absence of soul causes distress. James Hillman, in A Blue Fire, states that soul is best defined by its context... words long associated with...
The Child and the Machine: How Computers Put Our Children's Education at Risk
ALISON ARMSTRONG & CHARLES CASEMENT, (2000). Beltsville, MD: Robins Lane Press. During the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of technologies in many aspects of our lives. Equally touched by the technology trend have been...
The Family and Its Well-Being
The family and its well-being is the soul of the profession. As the first unit of society, the family is our most central stabilizing institution and influences the viability of other institutions. Since individuals internalize fundamental core values...
The Future of the AAFCS Certification Program
How do some organizations manage to survive and thrive during tremendous change while others falter? Many organizations spend millions of dollars and still fail to meet their goals. They seem to do the urgent things first without any unified plan to...
The Integrity of the Coucil for Accreditation Process
THE INTEGRITY OF THE COUNCIL FOR ACCREDITATION PROCESS The Council for Accreditation (CFA) exists by the authority of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for the purpose of conducting accreditation activities of family and...
The Soul Resides in Us
I'm not sure that our profession per se has a soul at all. But I believe that those who are attracted to our profession do.The soul resides in us-individually, through our professional associations, and perhaps even collectively in the application of...
Tribute to Ann C. Chadwick
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they may lead. Louisa May Alcott EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ann Collins Chadwick has announced she's...
Women and Philanthropy
DEVELOPMENT Women and Philanthropy is an association of grantmakers who recognize effective solutions to our most pressing societal issues can not be developed without specific attention to the critical needs and talents of all women. Women and Philanthropy...