May 5, 2009

M.Ed. Student Profile: Tiffany Wilson-Worsley

April 27, 2009

Ph.D. Student Profile: Heeran Kim

Heeran KimHeeran Kim is completing her first year as a doctoral student in the family, youth, and community track with a focus in family education. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her B.A. in educational psychology and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Sookmyung Women's University. She has worked with children and their families with diverse backgrounds including low income families and people living in suburban areas of Korea. She is interested in family and parent education for minority people such as families and parents with ethnic diversity, lower socioeconomic status, and single parents. Her research interests include family resilience and multicultural education. After completing her Ph.D., she intends to return to Korea to pursue professional goals. One of her goals is to teach students in academic settings and the other is to work as a practitioner (or an activist) in educational organizations serving families and parents.

April 22, 2009

Summer topic: Parenting after an unexpected outcome of pregnancy

This course provides an interdisciplinary model of understanding the parent-infant relationship, beginning in pregnancy, from a developmental perspective.

Content examines the prenatal parent-infant relationship using attachment based theory, with special emphasis on how the developmental tasks of pregnancy and parenting are changed when there is an unexpected outcome such as premature birth, special needs, infant loss and the pregnancy that follows and adoption.

The role of fathers and their involvement will be addressed and emphasized. Additionally, how unexpected outcomes impact siblings, often forgotten in the trauma of an unexpected outcome, will be covered. Interventions useful in a variety of settings (health care, preschool program, church, social agency) will be explored.

Students should be prepared to explore their own belief systems around grief and loss.

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Instructor: Joann O'Leary, Ph.D.
Class will be held 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Wednesday, June 3
Monday, June 8
Room 215 Peik Hall

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April 17, 2009

Deb Roberts receives advanced study scholarship

RobertsD.jpgFamily Education M.Ed. professional studies and parent and family education licensure student Deborah S. Roberts has been awarded an advanced study student scholarship from the College's alumni society in recognition of her academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development. The award was presented to Roberts on Friday, April 17 at the CEHD Alumni Society awards celebration. A reception followed the ceremony.

April 5, 2009

Dissertation leads to work with local Hmong community members

Melissa Shamblott, Ph.D., is a Family Education alumna whose doctoral dissertation was of interest to Hmong leaders and researchers at the University of Minnesota working to increase school readiness of children in "family, friend, and neighbor care" [video length: 4 minutes 11 seconds].

April 3, 2009

CI 5900—Using Reflective Dialogue in Parent Education

Graduate student Heather Cline introduces a new 1-credit special topic course offered Summer Session 2009, "Using Reflective Dialogue Videos and Teaching Methods in Parent Education."

Dates: Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Location: Room 28, Peik Hall.
Register now for Summer Session

February 9, 2009

Cooke receives MnAEYC award

Dr. Betty Cooke Betty Cooke, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (family, youth, and community), received the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children's Evelyn House Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of early childhood and family education and to MnAEYC. The award was presented to Cooke on February 6, 2009 by MnAEYC co-president Angele Sancho Passe at the Annual Conference of the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children (MnAEYC) and the Minnesota School Age Care Alliance (MnSACA). The theme of this year’s Annual Conference was "Partnering for Minnesota’s Children."

January 30, 2009

Heather Cline chairs student section of MCFR

Heather Cline

Heather Cline is the chair of the very active Student Section of the Minnesota Council on Family Relations, which draws students from Family Education and Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota along with undergraduate and graduate students from other Minnesota colleges and universities that offer family studies program. One of the highlights of their year was the creation of a mentorship program matching professionals with students to promote engagement between current and future professionals focuses on families. If you are interested in serving as a student mentor, please contact Heather at The Student Section also initiated a student poster session at the fall conference, which provides students with an opportunity to present their research or practitioner-focused work.

Cooke, Walker, and Cline present at NCFR Conference

Family Education faculty and students in have been very involved in both the Minnesota Council on Family Relations and the National Council on Family Relations (MCFR and NCFR) during the past year. Heather Cline, and faculty members Betty Cook and Susan Walker presented a round table on "Preparing Parent Educators Through Online Professional Development Programs" at the November 2008 NCFR conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. The presentation highlighted both the parent education licensure program and certificate program in family education. Susan Walker also presented a session on "What Can Family Life Education Learn From MySpace About Reaching the Next Generation of Parent?" Her presentation was of much interest to family life educators in attendance. Susan is an officer in the Education and Enrichment section of NCFR.

December 12, 2008

Dr. Shu-Ching Kao, Distinguished International Alumni!

Dr. Shu Ching Kao and Dr. Ruth Thomas
Dr. Shu-Ching Kao, director of the Center for Family Education Research and an associate professor in the Institute of Family Education and Counseling at National Chia-Yi University, Taiwan, and a family education alumna (Ph.D. 1998, M.A. 1997) was recently in Minnesota to receive the 2008 Distinguished International Alumni Award. This award is jointly presented by the College of Education and Human Development and the CEHD Alumni Society to honor distinguished accomplishments by College alumni in their home countries. Dr. Kao is shown in the photo above with Dr. Ruth Thomas, professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Family Education alumni have received this award 3 times since its beginnings in 1997!

October 9, 2008

Family Education alumna Dr. Fouzia Saeed visits MN

Fouzia Saeed came to the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate and completed her masters and doctoral degrees (Ph.D. 1987) here as well . Her advisor was Dr. Jerry McClelland. Dr. Saeed was in Minnesota during September 2008 to receive the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Interhational Leadership Award. During her stay she made a number of public presentations on her work and spoke informally with FYC students and faculty. Many were interested to her of the residential workshop that she has developed for Pakistani college-age young people of different faiths and from different parts of Pakistan and surrounding regions.

September 30, 2008

Dr. Fouzia Saeed receives 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award

A celebration for Dr. Fouzia Saeed, 2008 winner of the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, and alumna of family education programs was held on September 30, 2008. The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is a University-wide award for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers. Dr. Saeed was honored by her colleagues in the College of Education and Human Development and the University's Office of International Programs for her work ensuring human rights for men, women, and children in Pakistan and in other countries where she has consulted.

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August 15, 2008

All About Child Care: What Parents Need to Know

All About Child Care: What Parents Need to Know is a 20 minute video that provides an overview of what child care is like for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The video is intended to give parents or others who may be looking for child care an idea of what options are available, and what they should be on the lookout for in terms of finding high quality care for their infant, toddler, or preschooler.

Including footage from family, friend, and neighbor care; family child care; a child care center; and preschool settings as well as helpful advice from parents, this video covers the following topics:

  • What is child care like?
  • What should you look for when choosing child care?
    • infant and young toddler care
    • older toddler and preschool care
  • Advice from parents

All About Child Care: What Parents Need to Know is available free, for educational use only through the following link:

This would be a valuable educational resource for parent educators to use with parents as they discuss making wise child care choices for their children.

May 1, 2008

Dr. Susan Walker Completes First Year as FE Faculty

Dr. Susan Walker

The Family Education faculty and students are pleased that Dr. Susan Walker joined the Family, Youth, and Community faculty in the fall and is completing her first year with us. The energy and enthusiasm that she shares with us have inspired us all; she has quickly become a respected and well-liked colleague and instructor.

Susan arrived in Minnesota last summer, having moved from the Washington, D.C., area where she had been employed at the University of Maryland. This year she has taught courses in the online parent education curriculum and other graduate level family education courses, is continuing her research work with rural, low-income mothers, and has become well acquainted with tasks related to a number of departmental and College committees.

Susan said she "is thrilled to be in Minnesota to do the work she was meant to do." When asked what brought her here, Susan replied that part of the reason she was thrilled with the opportunity to work in parent and family education at the University of Minnesota was "because of the rich environment here compared to other parts of the country." Although she had been involved in work with parents and families in other areas, such as health, schools and policy issues, she said her position in FYC is one that "truly supports the needs of parents, their interests and advocacy, and reinforces the structures by being part a group." She explained that she can do in Minnesota what she can't do elsewhere because of the climate of support for parent and family education.

The decision to change jobs in her career and to move her family were not made easily. Susan, her husband and daughter all recognized what they were giving up by leaving dear friends and the lives they had known in Maryland; however, Susan said that following her passion and dreams was made easier because there was "a personal pull" in the return to the family's Midwestern roots in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and "escape from some of the insanity" of life in the Washington, D.C., area.

Outside of work, the loves of her life are her 14-year-old daughter, Alice, and husband, Patrick. A significant amount of non-human love and joy in her life comes from Audrey, a pug not yet two years old, that Susan says "has undergone significant stress and trauma in her young life and is a symbol of resilience and happiness."

Susan, we're delighted to have you with us and appreciate all that you have inspired and accomplished this year!

Susan's dog, Audrey

Parent Education Certificate Program Enrolls First Students

A new parent education certificate program was recently approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, and students from across the country are beginning to apply to it. This certificate is offered through Family Education in Family, Youth & Community in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development. It is intended to prepare professionals to plan, coordinate, and teach parent education programs and services for families with children from early childhood through adolescence.

Family Education has a long history of providing a parent education licensure program to prepare students to obtain the Minnesota Board of Teaching Parent and Family Educator license for employment as parent educators in Minnesota’s Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) programs offered by public school districts. When all of the parent education courses needed for completion of this teacher licensure program became available online for both distance and local learners during the past two years, it was a logical next step to broaden the outreach of the program to those who work with parents in Minnesota programs other than ECFE and in other states and countries. Thus, the certificate program was launched.

The 16-credit program prepares professionals who are well qualified to deliver programs designed to address the intellectual, emotional, cultural, social and physical needs of parents and children. In addition to educational settings that may include public-school parent education programs, preschools, child care centers, and Head Start programs, parent educators may also work in health care and social service agencies and institutions and faith-based settings.

More information about the program and how to apply is available on the University of Minnesota website at

April 28, 2008

Alumna Andria Daniel, Lead Educator for Learning Dreams

Andria Daniel (M.Ed. '07) is the lead educator for the Learning Dreams site at Hall Elementary School in North Minneapolis, where she works with families of children who are experiencing problems with school.

"The focus is on the parent," says Andria, who often connects with families in the Learning Dreams program by meeting with a child’s parents in their home. She invites parents to reflect on how they would like to learn new skills and information. Then she helps parents identify their own learning dream or goal. The next step is to help the parent connect with community resources to help them achieve their learning goal. Andria shared examples of helping a parent get her driver’s license by covering the cost of behind-the-wheel driver’s training, and connecting a parent who wants to own her own business with Women Venture, an organization that trains women to become successful business owners. Once parents are making progress on their own learning, they are helped to support their children's education and learning at home and at school. "This is a great opportunity for me to work with parents and apply my knowledge of adult learning skills," said Andria.

Andria Daniel graduated in May 2007 with a Master of Education Professional Studies degree in Family Education. Her goal is to continue to help families achieve their own learning goals and dreams by working with them in their homes and communities.

April 25, 2008

Soohong Kim, CI Student Research Poster Presenter


FYC doctoral student Soo-Hong Kim was one of 20 students who presented research to faculty and students during Curriculum and Instruction's Student Research Day, held April 11, 2008, from 1-5 P.M in Peik Hall. Kim presented posters on two research studies, "International graduate student mothers' stressful lives," by Soo-Hong Kim, and "Living on the Outskirts of U. S. Life: Asian Graduate Student Mothers," by Soo-Hong Kim, Kyong-Ah Kwon, Mei-Ju Ko, Larisa Frias, Judy Myers-Walls.

The well-attended event included snacks and beverages, prizes, and a drawing for a $10 gift card to a local restaurant. Additional photos of the event are available online.

December 1, 2007

Student Profile: Soohong Kim

Soo-Hong KimI am working on my doctoral degree in FYC with an emphasis on Family Education. I completed my M.A. in family education at the University of Minnesota during spring semester 2006.

I received my B.S. in Child Development and M.Ed. in Early Childhood Development in South Korea. I worked extensively with the educational system in South Korea, teaching kindergarten and working with parents, and was honored to receive several awards and grants related to my teaching, committee work, and research. I currently work as a graduate research assistant in the Family Education program where I supports faculty and program projects.

I most enjoy learning about conducting research. My master's thesis was on the experiences of Korean mothers' strong commitment to their children's education, which I presented on at the National Council on Family Relations conference in 2007. In 2008, I presented at the same conference on the experiences of Asian graduate students who are also mothers. My most important professional goal is to help families and children, and I hope to accomplish this through my favorite activity, research.

Student Profile: Hsin-Ru Kang


I am from Taiwan, where I was an elementary school teacher for years. My college degree was music education; however, I am interested in parent education and family mental health. Therefore, I am pursuing my PhD in FYC with a specialization in Family Education, and declaring a graduate minor in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices. Currently, I am working with Dr. Susan Walker on two projects. One is about Asian parent education research. The other one is American parent education website comparisons research. Given that I grew up in Chinese culture, I will do Chinese parent education and family mental health research in the future. For professional growth, I am joining National Council on Family Relationships and Minnesota Council on Family Relationships. I plan to participate in activities and conferences in the family education field to strengthen my scholarly and practical capability. I will also make efforts on giving presentations at conferences and publishing articles in the future.

February 15, 2007

Family Education doctoral student and FACS teacher in the news

Nicole Bates-Childs, a Family Education Ph.D. student and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in St. Paul, and her three teenage daughters were featured on WCCO's television news on February 14th. Interviewed by reporter Esme Murphy, they spoke in favor of the state's proposal to vaccinate all 12 year-old-girls against strains of the human papiloma virus that can cause cervical cancer. An excerpt from the story and a link to follow.

Doctors said the vaccine is almost 100 percent effective, but critics worry about the message the new law would send to young girls.

Nicole Bates Childs has three girls. As a high school teacher she thinks a vaccine that could prevent cervical cancer is a good idea.

"It makes a sense to do it age 12 because that is the last time they are in there [the doctor's office] and they are giving them their vaccines and a lot of kids are relieved to be done until they are 18 and going off to college," Childs said.

The vaccine is most effective when given to girls before they become sexually active.

Government surveys show that 7 percent of children under age 13 have sex. By age 15, that number jumps to 25 percent.

Link to the WCCO story

February 5, 2007

Family Education Students and Graduates Profiled Online

We are proud of family education students and graduates! We are delighted that many have given permission to use their photos and short profiles that reflect their interests and experiences in our programs and their academic careers. The links below take you to pages that include their profiles. You may need to scroll to the bottom of the page or search alphabetically to find them.

Current Students and Recent Graduates

Ph.D. students Diane Anderson, Kathleen Matuska, and Sheila Moriarty

Ph.D. graduates Elizabeth (Elee) Wood and Robert Brenneman

M.A. student Heather Dubbeldee and graduate Sara Carpenter

Parent and family education licensure and M.Ed. student San Ha

Family and consumer sciences licensure graduates
Heidi Johnson and Shawna Grapentin

Distinguished Alumni

Geraldine Hodelin, Jamaica

Jean Illsley Clarke, Amy Jean Knorr, Marilyn (Marty) Rossmann

December 11, 2006

Grief, Loss, Shattered Dreams, and Family Education

CI 5900 Special Topics in Family, Youth, and Community

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November 17, 2006

National Family Week November 19-25, 2006

November 13, 2006

Confucianism, Education, & Families: Views From Asia

Six Asian and Asian-American graduates of University of Minnesota Family Education programs presented research at an Asian Symposium held November 9. Current and former family education faculty members who taught them are shown in the photo. They are (front, left to right) Dr. Nina Chen, Univestiy of Missouri Extension; Dr. Jane Plihal, faculty; Dr. Luyi Lien, Ying Hua Academy School, St. Paul, Minnesota; (back row, left to right) Dr. Grace Huang, Cleveland State University; Marilyn (Marty) Rossmann, faculty (retired) ; Dr. Jerry McClelland, faculty; Soohong Kim, doctoral student; Dr. Hyejung Cheon, Ewha Wonan's University, South Korea; Dr. Shu Ching Kao, National Chia-Yi University, Taiwan; Dr. Ruth Thomas, faculty.

November 12, 2006

Working Mothers

I have recently become very irritated by the way America treats their parents and children. I am working on a project in my Practice of Parent Education class to design a work site Parent Education course for "Career moms," and have been reading about the history and ideology of the "American Family in my Family Education Perspectives class." Today I watched a story on 20/20 about working mothers and the maternity leave controversy. Can you believe our country has one of the worst maternity leave programs in the world? Here is a quote from ELIZABETH VARGAS, the 20/20 reporter who did this story because of her own balancing struggles..."of 168 countries surveyed in the world, only four offer no national maternity-leave program: Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, and the United States of America." Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn is interviewed in this video because of his work on maternity leave and the family.

If this gets you as fired up as it has me, go to the 20/20 website for stories, video clips, and more about this issue: If you do go to this site you may take notice of the fact that fathers are basically disregarded as having any relation to this issue.

I have a lot of responses to this issue but even more to learn so I would appreciate any conversation, resources, or feedback about this topic. WARNING: watching the 20/20 videos and reading their stories has been known to raise blood pressure.