Department's new name better reflects its identity

August 24, 2015

URBANA, Ill. - The newly named Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), housed in the university's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, better reflects the research interests of its faculty, said department head Susan Silverberg Koerner.

“Our faculty members concentrate primarily on child and adolescent development, youth activism, childhood health and obesity, and parent-child attachment as well as couple dynamics, family violence, immigrant families, and father involvement,” she said.

The department offers 17 courses with a focus on family issues, including families in global perspective, family diversity in the United States, and U.S. Latina/Latino families, she said.

“Our former name, Human and Community Development (HCD), just did not capture that emphasis,” she explained.

Koerner said that the new name will aid in recruiting additional highly qualified graduate students and undergraduates who are seeking a foundation in family issues. She also anticipates an increased capacity to attract excellent applicants for faculty positions who are looking for positions in a recognizable disciplinary niche.

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