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Message from the Interim Director of Graduate Studies

Welcome to CFS! We are a collaborative multidisciplinary department with a vibrant research culture and strong sense of community. We offer two Master of Science degree options and a stellar PhD program; our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized. Together, students and faculty in CFS share a strong commitment to intellectual inquiry, diversity and inclusion, methodological excellence, and public scholarship. Our programs are designed to train highly competent scholars who will make significant contributions to society as researchers, educators, and professionals.

Whether you are a prospective applicant, new or experienced student, I invite you to be curious. Your graduate studies will likely be a time of tremendous academic growth and personal development. Numerous opportunities will open up, and your life will be shaped by new experiences and intellectual stimulation. We are excited to be part of your higher education journey! Please know that here in CFS we work together to help you achieve your academic, professional, and personal goals. Our faculty approach research, teaching, and mentoring from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and this diversity allows each of our students to find their individual niche.

I look forward to hear from you, to learn about your goals, and who you are. I hope you will explore our website to learn more about us. Please reach out with questions, thoughts, and feedback – my virtual door is open.

Spencer Olmstead, Associate Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies