Child and Family Studies

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Child and Family Studies Assistant or Associate Professor Position

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Study Abroad


May 24th – June 11th 2016Denmark-city view
Undergraduate students can choose to receive
3 credits for either CFS 460: Directed Study in
Child and Family Studies or SOC 491: Foreign Study. PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS: The Psychology Department will allow students to petition to count CFS 460 as one of the required 400-level PSYC classes if you would like (or it can count toward your CFS minor). Graduate students will receive 3 credits for CFS 581: Directed Study in Child and Family Studies (graduate credit requires extra ssignments). Honors students may take this course for UNHO 491.

Information session: November 18th from 5:00-6:30 pm in Jessie Harris Bldg., room 114.

Faculty Contact:
Dr. Heidi Stolz, Associate Professor of Child & Family Studies and Co-Director of the UT Center for Parenting



June 2016 London skyline
Credit will be given for two senior-level classes; one will be in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS 460/497: Contemporary Lives of Children in England and US: An Ecological and Multicultural Approach), and the other in Psychology (PSYC 420: History of Psychology). Students will receive 6 total credits.

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Elizabeth Cooper, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Dr. Elsa Nownes, Instructor, Department of Child & Family Studies

Going Natural

This summer, the Early Learning Center hosted its first annual Early Learning Institute, Cultivating Our Natural Learning Community. During the two-day institute, more than one hundred educators from across the country participated in sessions and workshops, focusing on natural learning initiatives. Sessions were hosted at the L&N Stem Academy and World’s Fair Park.elcnatural

Classroom teachers, nature enthusiasts, researchers, and program directors comprised the varied group of presenters who covered a diverse range of nature-themed topics. Sessions about mud play, gardening with very young children, inquiry-based learning practices, and the benefits of spending time outdoors with children were among the sessions and workshops offered.

For information about next summer’s institute (June 3–4, 2016), visit
Article featured in the recent issue of Accolades, Fall 2015.

Construction of the new Mossman building, next to the Jessie Harris Building, will be completed in three years.

Mossman building

The Mossman Building will add needed classroom and laboratory space to campus and will house portions of microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, psychology, and nutrition.

The six-floor building is scheduled to be open for fall semester 2018. The building layout supports interactive teaching and hands-on learning, with plenty of space for both structured and unstructured interactions among students, faculty and staff.

The facility is named for the late Ken and Blaire Mossman, who met when they were students in 1968 and stayed connected to UT throughout their lives.
Article featured in Tennessee Today.


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