Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences staff and students


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is very proud of our students who continue to be amazing in the classroom, with student organizations and in community service,  graduating and taking positions in the region and nation-wide fulfilling our mission:  to prepare professionals who help promote a better quality of life for individuals and families, enhancing the interrelationships of people and communities in diverse social, economic and physical environments.



In 2014-15 the Department had 11 Student Ambassadors who have assisted with Preview Days, Academic Major and Career Fairs, recruitment opportunities at area High Schools, and serving as judges at local 4-H meetings as well as corresponding with perspective students about their major. Over 300 high school students requested further information about our program during the year.

Spring and summer 2015 found our FCS students in a variety of locations gaining experience that will help them excel when they graduate and get their first job. The places they performed their field experiences included: David's Bridal Franklin, UTM Children's Center, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Martin and Jackson, Kirkland’s Martin, Jackson Madison County Hospital, Boutique MariMac, Paris, South Fulton School-Aged Summer Camp at S.F. Elementary, and Children’s Services Obion and Weakley County.

Retention and Graduation Information:

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences had a 89.5% retention rate in 2013-14 compared to UT Martin’s retention rate of 70.8% for the same period for full-time first-time freshmen returning their sophomore year.

For 2013-14, 28 students graduated with an undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences while 10 students received masters’ degrees.

Job Placement Rates: For 2013-14 graduates 46% were employed in careers within their degree major,  27% were employed outside their degree major,  15% went on to Graduate School and 12% were not employed.  This is compared to the total for UT Martin of 40% of graduates being employed within careers in their degree major.

The Department saw the six year graduation rate from the Freshman Cohort in 2008-2014 of 56%.  This is up 24.9% from the previous year’s Freshman Cohort.  This is as compared a 47.4% six year graduation university wide.
For the Department, credit hour production increased 2014-15 over the previous year by 11% for non-family and consumer sciences students at UT Martin taking courses in FCS.  This is primarily due to the course Introductory Nutrition being included as a general education core from which all UTM students may choose and the minors that we offer in Nutrition, Gerontology, and Fashion Merchandising.

A big thanks goes out to our students and faculty for a wonderful year! 

Note:  Since we had less than 5 students graduating in 2013-14 that were in the Dietetics and Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program, Licensing and Credentialing information cannot be reported.

We welcome input from prospective and current students, alumni and friends. Alumni, let us know what you are doing so we share with others through Facebook (Key words: UTM Family and Consumer Sciences) and our Alumni Newsletter.

Sue Byrd, CFCS, Ph.D.
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences