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CFS Faculty & Graduate Student Attend jENS 2017

CFS Professor, Julia Jaekel, and CFS PhD student, Tobey Nichols, attended the 2nd Congress of Joint Europen Neonatal Societies (jENS 2017) in Venice, Italy earlier this month. Attending this conference, Dr. Jaekel & Tobey were able to attend the best meeting in Europe for new updates in Developmental Biology, Perinatology and Pediatric Medicine. They were able to get in touch with the most enthusiastic and science driven pediatric and neonatal clinicians in Europe and were able to collaborate with European centres.

Highlights from the congress included best scientific research and clinical care programs now available and world-leading experts covering a wide range of topics in neonatology, ranging from state-of-the-art basic and clinical research to patient-centred care and clinical guidelines.

Rachel Mitchell

Student Spotlight: Rachel Mitchell with Coulter Grove Intermediate School

Tagline: “SOARing to New Heights” (Show Up, Own It, Achieve It, Reach It)


The highlight of my practicum experience has been getting to know the students and building relationships with them.  Throughout my practicum, I talk with students in group settings as well as one-on-one settings.  I see students not only in the guidance office but also on the playground and in the afterschool program.  By getting to know them on a personal level and not just as a teacher or supervisor, I am able to bond with the students.  The students are able to confide in me and discuss matters that are deeper than average day-to-day conflict.  I love getting to know the students more each day and seeing their personal growth.

Biggest Surprise:

What has surprised me most about the practicum is how much I realized I do not enjoy teaching.  A few days a week I teach the fourth grade guidance class.  I thought I would enjoy teaching, however, it causes more stress for me than I thought it would.  While I do enjoy the lessons and seeing the students learn, I have realized that I do not enjoy being the one in charge of the class.


Student Spotlight: Jessie Omer with Starting Points Child Care

“Have a coke and a smile.” –Coca Cola
This is fitting because each day I have a coke with my lunch to give me a little more energy to finish out my day. I am typically pretty tired and having a positive attitude makes the day so much more enjoyable.


The highlight of my practicum has been the excitement of being around children of all different ages. While some ages are harder than others, it has been so great to be surrounded by joyful children (the majority of the time). I know that I want to work with children later on in my career, so this has been a great opportunity to learn up close experience with them. I look forward to continue learning as the semester goes on.


The most surprising part of working at a daycare has been how exhausting and difficult it can be at times. I have never been so tired and I knew that working 40-45 hours a week would be tough, but add in hyper children and that makes it all the more tiring. I have however been pleasantly surprised by how rewarding it is to see a child learning and improving on certain skills because of the time you have spent working with them. I do not think that teaching is where I will spend the rest of my career, but it has been exciting to take part in it for this semester.


CFS Faculty and Graduate Students Presented in Washington DC at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood

Five UTK CFS Faculty and Graduate Students presented at the 2017 SSEA Conference. The goal of this conference was to bring together a multidisciplinary and internationally diverse network of scholars to advance the study of emerging adulthood (age range 18-29). The 2017 conference theme was “Emerging Adults as Change-Makers Around the World.”

Download the Program here!


Keynote Speaker, Dr. Brian Barber

For more information, please see here.

SSEA is was proud to host Brian K. Barber, Ph.D. as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Conference on Emerging Adulthood. Dr. Barber is an International Security Program Fellow at New America, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies – both in Washington, DC – and Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Studies at the University of Tennessee, where he also founded and directed the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict. Please click here to visit Dr. Barber’s website.


CFS Faculty and Graduate Students to Present at 2017 NCFR Annual Conference

2017 NCFR Annual Conference Program
Families as Catalysts: Shaping Neurons, Neighborhoods, and Nations
Wednesday, November 15–Saturday, November 18, 2017
Official Conference Host: Florida State University

Presenter: Kimberly Crossman, Ph.D., Students and New Professional Board Representative

Lucia Miranda, Patricia Roberson, Katie Lenger, Amy Rauer, & Kristina Coop Gordon

Lucia Miranda  Amy Rauer

Presiders: Amy Rauer, Amber Seidel, & Focus Group Co-chairs

Amy Rauer

Cory K

Student Spotlight: Cory Keppe at ABA Interventions

Tagline/song lyric that sums up your practicum experience: “The World from a Different Perspective.”

What has been the highlight of your practicum experience: The highlight of my practicum experience is getting to work with all the wonderful clients at ABA Interventions. They are all so unique and fascinating to watch and learn from. I am glad to be a part of it and see how the other therapists work with each of their clients. I have loved working with my own clients and seeing them grow as we work towards various goals.

What has surprised you the most about your practicum experience: I have been most surprised with how much I have learned in such a short amount of time! This is definitely the most I have ever learned and retained in such a small period of time. I started getting direct work experience with clients as soon as I walked through the doors, and the staff have been a great support for my growth and development in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Sonja Lipman

Student Spotlight: Sonja Lipman at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services

Practicum Placement: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital Volunteer Services

Tagline: “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life!”

Highlight: The highlight of my practicum experience is the patient interaction. I love being able to service patients and their families through child life programs, HABIT programs, etc. Putting a smile on a patient’s face is why I love getting up in the morning and coming to work every day!

Surprise: I have been most surprised by all the services a hospital provides patients and their families that are totally unrelated to health! I never realized how other departments in the hospital (like Volunteer Services) are so integral to providing care for families during their time here.

When Grief Is Complicated

Living With Grief: When Grief is Complicated Teleconference

Living With Grief Registration Information

While most individuals experiencing loss face grief, most grievers can cope with loss and subsequent grief in ways defined by their culture as appropriate and can fulfill, after brief and intermittent impairment, their social and workplace roles. However, research shows that between 10 and 20 percent of individuals who experience loss experience more disabling reactions, including Complicated Grief or other conditions triggered by the loss, such as PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Adjustment Disorder, or substance abuse. Complicated Grief reactions may also be a factor in physical illness. This program looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions and when referrals to specially trained clinicians or professionals may be indicated and necessary. This is HFA’s 2017 Living with Grief® program.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Health and social service clinicians and others working in hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home, or faith community.
LENGTH: 2 hours, plus 30-minute post-program discussion at individual viewing locations
CES: 2.5 hours of credit for a wide variety of professional boards

At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
1. Describe typical grief patterns and differentiate typical grief from more complicated forms;
2. List and describe two typologies of complicated grief;
3. List and describe six danger signs of complicated grief;
4. Describe the ways that the DSM 5 acknowledges complications of grief;
5. Describe and discuss different approaches to treating complicated forms of grief and note
resources that might be utilized in such treatment.

Salt Maps

Early Childhood Teaching Methods: Salt Maps

Dr. Cara Djonko-Moore’s Early Childhood Teaching Methods class learning how to incorporate salt maps into their teaching!

ECE Class

Educational benefits from this type of project include:

-Children read the recipe and make the dough, strengthening their reading and math skills.
-Motivation is increased with hands-on learning activities.
-Kinesthetic and tactile learners learn through doing.
-Children are sure to remember the topography and outline of whatever area they choose to map with salt dough.
#CFS #CEHHS #enhancinglives #saltmaps


Student Spotlight: Kathryn Kennedy at Hope Resource Center

Tagline/song lyric that sums up your practicum experience: “You’re in good hands.”

What has been the highlight of your practicum experience: Overall, getting to work with such a kind and close-knit staff has been my favorite part. However, a specific highlight I’ve experienced occurred during a baby shower we threw. The mom-to-be we were throwing it for wept as she opened each and every one of her gifts. I don’t have a lot of words to describe it, but there was something very powerful about being in that room that day.

What has surprised you the most about your practicum experience: I have been most surprised by the diversity among the patients seen at Hope. All walks of life walk through those doors. It is neat because even though so many of the women are so different from one another, many of them are all there for the same reason. They are about to become mothers, and their roles in life are about to change forever.


Early Learning Center Gear Shop is OPEN!

It’s that time again- the Fall/Winter Early Learning Center Gear Shop is OPEN!

The children have been busy working on a new design for the items this season and you can watch a short video about it…

This season we have SO many items and options available that we made a catalog to make the ordering process as easy as possible. There truly is something for everyone in the catalog!

You can view the catalog in person at the White Avenue front desk or online. Order forms will be available at the front desks, or if you would like one emailed, let Dani know. If you place your order in person at the front desk, you will need to pay by check at the time you place your order. You can also shop from our online store where you are able to pay with a credit or debit card. The ELC will not be ordering many extra items, so if you see something you like, place your order by November 10th! We expect items will be in by early December and will keep you posted about when your items will be available for pickup.

Proceeds from the Gear Shop go to support a variety of projects around the Early Learning Center and we greatly appreciate you support! I hope you enjoy the new design and find something you like in the catalog!

Bearden HS

Student Spotlight: Constance Jamison with Bearden High School

Constance Jamison: Bearden High School

Tagline: Choose your battles

Highlight: A major highlight of my practicum experience occurred when two of the freshman girls ate lunch for about 2 weeks with me, and I was able to get to know them on a deeper level.

What has surprised me the most is how my experience at Bearden has improved so much. It has increasingly improved every day and I now enjoy going there every single day to see the kids.

FB Sweden Study Abroad Info Session-min

Study Abroad in Sweden

UTK in Sweden

Course Name: Culture, Family, and Childhood

Course Number: CFS 460 or SOC 491 or UNHO 491

Credit Hours: 3

NO Pre-requisites. Open to ALL majors.

Dates: First Summer Session 2018 (May 31st-June 21st 2018)

Class highlights:

  • 2 Visiting Family Dinners at a Swedish family’s home
  • Visits to Uppsala Castle, Cathedral, and Linneaen Garden
  • Classes meet on Uppsala University campus
  • 3 school tours: Almunga School, Waldorfschool, and a forest school
  • Guest speakers on Gender Equality, Healthcare, and Swedish Educational Philosophy and System
  • Day trips to family-friendly Stockholm, including guided tours of the Old City (Gamla Stan) and Vasa Museum, plus bike or kayak tours
  • An evening of “fika” where students will socialize with local Uppsala University students
  • A 4-day weekend free to leave Sweden and tour other countries

How will it count towards graduation?
– For CFS/SOC/UNHO majors: Area of Emphasis elective or CFS specialty area class.
– For non-CFS/SOC/UNHO majors: Upper-level social science elective.

Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, 11/8/17 from 4-5pm in JHB 235
  • Thursday, 11/9/17 from 5-6pm in JHB 102A

Read more information on the class, tuition, fees, and travel here.

Sign up for our email list or contact Dr. Heidi Stolz for more information.

Katy Hummel

Student Spotlight: Katy Hummel with Kid’s Place Inc. (Amherst Elementary School)

Where Kids Come First / “We’re all about a good time, Yeah we’re all about a good life”

The highlight of my experience so far has been teaching the children’s curriculum. I always feel successful when I am able to keep the children engaged and help them to have fun while they are learning new things.

What surprised me the most about my experience is the amount of work that the director has to put in outside of work hours. There is so much more to it than meets the eye, so it has been interesting to learn all the planning/organizing that happens behind the scenes.

-Katy Hummel

Jessica Harber

Student Spotlight: Jessica Harber with Sequoyah Hills Early Enrichment Program (SHEEP)

Tagline/song lyric that sums up your practicum experience:
“Today was good, today was fun, tomorrow is another one” -Dr. Seuss. I chose this tagline because every day at SHEEP is a fun, entertaining day, and I always look forward to what is in store for us the next day.

What has been the highlight of your practicum experience:
The highlight of my experience so far would have to be when one of the girls came to school one day with a dandelion for me. She’s 2 years old, and she always wants me to read to her for most of the day. One morning she had picked a little dandelion to bring to me without her mom prompting her, and it honestly melted my heart. It was one of the sweetest and most innocent moments I have experienced with this age group, and it made realize that the children do recognize what you do for them.

What has surprised you the most about your practicum experience:
I have been really surprised with how much I genuinely enjoy working with this age group. I have always preferred to work with tweens or teenagers, so this is the first time I’ve really worked with primarily 2-4 year olds. This age group absorbs knowledge like a sponge absorbs water, and they’re extremely creative with everything they do. I love watching them interact with one another and listening to the imaginative games they’re able to create. We’re able to do so many fun activities with them, such as playing with homemade play-doh, 3D art, and dancing to get our wiggles out. Overall, this practicum experience has really opened my eyes to age groups I want to work with in the future.

-Jessica Harber

Student Spotlight: Amy Cross with Knoxville Young Life

Song that sums up your practicum experience:
“More Like Love” by Ben Rector

What has been the highlight of your practicum experience?
Monday nights have quickly become the best night of my week. It is all my favorite things wrapped into one night—eating dinner together as a team around a huge table, huddling together  in the upper room as we prepare all the moving parts, and then hosting an entire barn full of our friends from Bearden for a Young Life club. I love hearing what is happening in the hearts and heads and lives of my teammates. I love watching them be with their friends over the course of the night, in the wildness and the stillness. I love seeing our friends come alive as they sing at the top of their lungs, play weird and messy games, laugh at silly skit characters, listen and lean in to hear what Jesus is like, and then dance until we make them leave. These are the nights that I find my heart beating faster and my eyes always watering.

What has surprised you the most about your practicum experience?
For a while now, I have wanted to see what being on Young Life staff is like. By doing my practicum with Knoxville Young Life, I have had the chance to experience firsthand how it all works. I was surprised at first by how flexible the position is! I’m thankful for the way this organization emphasizes being intentional with my time. This offers such freedom to really do my job well—everything from doing ministry reaching high schoolers, to leading my team of volunteers, and working on student staff.

-Amy Cross


Student Spotlight: Merritt Dodge – Town of Farragut Parks and Leisure Services

“It takes a little bit of this, a little bit of that”

The highlight of my practicum experience has been preparing for events. It’s fun to see all the work that goes into special events.

What has surprised me the most about my practicum experience is how much the government does. Being an intern at the Town of Farragut has shown me how much every small detail of the town is intentionally planned.

-Merritt Dodge

Savannah Corr

Student Spotlight: Savannah Corr – Peninsula Lighthouse IOP

God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Just for today.

The highlight of my practicum experience has been gaining the skills and beginning to practice first-hand what I plan to be “when I grow up”!

I was most surprised by the fact that the clients were so receptive of interns helping in their journey of recovery as well as their willingness and want to recover and cope with their co-occurring disorders.

-Savannah Corr

Caroline Chase

Student Spotlight: Caroline “CC” Chace at Camp-Ba-Yo-Ca

“Ain’t no smoggy smoke on Rocky Top
Ain’t no telephone bills”

Monday thru Thursday, I wake up and head to Camp Ba-Yo-Ca. With no service most of the time and a little fog, Camp Ba-Yo-Ca has been an amazing practicum site. I work with an amazing staff that is supportive and easygoing. The highlight of my practicum experience has been being able to put all the pieces together to create a great weekend at Camp Ba-Yo-Ca for younger children. It really takes a village to prepare Camp for visitors (cleaning, planning, etc.). I have met so many great children who are eager to learn more about their leadership skills and so much more. I was surprised that not only groups from Tennessee come to camp. There are probably more groups coming from out-of-state than in-state this semester. We recently had a group from Mississippi who loved to talk about anything (my kind of crowd). Some of the students were in high school and all they wanted to talk about was what they wanted to major in when they get to college. One of the high schoolers was a freshman and they talked about their goals in life, which really shocked me for someone just now starting high school. They talked about how they come from a small town and how they want to get a great education from a great school (don’t worry I pushed UT in there). Camp has introduced me to so many tremendous people so far. I’m only half way through the semester and so much has happened. I am so excited to see what else Camp has in store for me!

-Caroline “CC” Chace

Ashlyn Schwartz, Dr. Moran, & Dr. Olmstead

Graduate School Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients

Congratulations to our Child and Family Studies graduate students who received scholarships and fellowships from the Graduate School! Dr. Moran & Dr. Olmstead were able to acknowledge our students at yesterday’s Graduate Fellowship Reception in Neyland Stadium.

CFS recipients include, Kayley Davis, Tanner Kilpatrick, Ashlyn Schwartz (pictured above), Meagan Shideler, Lauran Gieske, Lucia Miranda, Jennifer Ward, Amanda Tenille, Kristiana Moore, and Rebecca Mansy. We are so proud of you!

Tobey with poster

Fall 2017 CFS Research Colloquium Series

2017 Colloquium

Monday, October 9
Noon to 1:30pm
JHB 308
Lucia Miranda: Links between agreement and relationship distress before and after a brief couple intervention

Tobey Nichols: Differential susceptibility effects of maternal sensitivity in childhood on small for gestational age adults’ wealth

Meilan Jin: A cross-cultural study: preschool children’s cooperative problem solving during play in classrooms

Monday, October 23
11:30am to 1pm
JHB 413
Heidi Stolz, Meagan Shideler, Melissa Rector LaGraff, Nicole Mullican, Shelby Clouthier, Jessica Harber, Emily Hatch, and Tanner Kilpatrick: Tennessee Dad: Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation Plan
Friday, November 17
1pm to 2pm
JHB 244
Brown Bag Conversation: Strengths and difficulties of mixed-methods approaches and data triangulation

Dr. Julia Jaekel’s aim in this year’s Child and Family Studies Research Colloquium is to establish a platform that gives graduate students opportunities to practice their defense and conference presentations, receive feedback from their peers and faculty, and then stimulate scientific discourse among the entire group.

Download CFS Research Colloquium Flyer Here

Ireland CFS 460

Study Abroad: Ireland 2018

Course Name: UTK Growing Up with Political Conflict 2018

Course Number: CFS 460

Credit Hours: 3

Course Location: Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland

NO Pre-requisites. Open to ALL majors.

Dates: First Summer Session 2018 (May 31st-June 23rd 2018)

How will it count towards graduation?
– For CFS majors: Area of Emphasis elective or CFS specialty area class.
– For non-CFS majors: Upper-level social science elective.

Read more information on the class, tuition, fees, and travel here.

Julia Jaekel, assistant professor of child and family studies.

Study: Very Preterm Birth Not Associated with Mood, Anxiety Disorders

Julia Jaekel, an associate Professor in CFS and the Co-Director of the Early Experiences Research Center, co-authored a study to determine if very-preterm or very-low-weight babies develop anxiety and mood disorders later in life. To learn more about this study, visit Tennessee Today-News and Events for the UT Community.


Dad and daughter reading

Early Experiences Research Center – Current and Planned Project Update

The Early Experiences Research Center (EERC) at the Child and Family Studies Department is focused on studying the long-term effects of early life experiences in diverse contexts.  Together with colleagues and graduate students, Co-Directors Hillary Fouts and Julia Jaekel are conducting international, interdisciplinary, and methodologically diverse research. To learn more about the current and planned projects, visit the EERC webpage here.

NEW: International Children, Youth, and Families Graduate Certificate

The Department of Child and Family Studies is excited to announce our new Graduate Certificate, “International Children, Youth, and Families” which will be implemented in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

The 12-hour graduate certificate is intended for currently admitted graduate students in any University of Tennessee program wishing to develop knowledge and skills necessary for studying and working with children, youth, or families from diverse cultural backgrounds internationally and in the U.S.  Certificate candidates must currently be admitted to a graduate program at the university or hold a terminal degree and be admitted to the graduate school. Course work for the certificate must be completed at the University of Tennessee within a five-year period. A minimum 3.5 GPA must be earned in all certificate courses. All courses must be selected from the list below. Other courses may, where appropriate, be substituted for the courses listed below with the permission of the program coordinator.


Advanced exploration of cross-cultural and international research and theory on children, youth, and families, focusing on variations of experience within and between cultural and national contexts.

At least one of the following:

Students will design cross-cultural research with international partners including in-depth review of and response to challenges and considerations for cross-cultural research studies; the analyses of historical and contemporary cross-cultural research studies, qualitative research methods, and exposure to diverse cultural contexts are emphasized.

Examining early development (zero to 5 years) from a cross-cultural perspective; focus on cultural and international research and theory.

At least two of the following:

Diversity in child and family contexts, focusing on variations that coincide with major axes of diversity in contemporary societies.

Historical, philosophical, and sociological foundations; selected nations and their cultures.

Introduction to history, varieties, theory and practice of multiculturalism and multicultural education. Addresses the promotion and critique of multicultural education and related concepts in theory and educational practice.

Combination of theoretical readings in cultural studies and service learning for social justice project. Discussion of interdisciplinary, social justice and activism. Links between theory and practice of cultural studies.

Social justice issues: education practices. Social justice, moral commitments to others in educational settings, and equal opportunity to acquire social goods and benefits.

Using scholarship in the history and sociology of sport this class studies the development of sport in selected countries throughout the world. Students examine the impact of globalization processes on sports and a variety of issues including the origins of sport, globalization, class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, labor migration, nationalism, politics, race, religion, and sexuality.

Examines historical and contemporary issues facing refugees and displaced people worldwide from socio-cultural and human rights perspectives. Topics addressed include the theory, methods and ethics of research with refugees and displaced people, international legal frameworks, the role of culture, political dynamics of refugee movements and internal displacement, and critical approaches to humanitarian responses.

Conceptual and practical exploration of methods and techniques cultural anthropologists use in fieldwork. Research design, ethical considerations, field safety, and qualitative data collection and analysis methods are addressed.

+ Attainment of a minimum 3.5 grade point average in the certificate coursework.

Faculty Contact

For further information regarding the certificate program, contact Associate Professor Hillary Fouts.

Lauren Daudelin wins Shelby County Schools “Why Teach?” essay contest

The Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) is proud to congratulate Lauren Daudelin, a recent graduate of the Prek-3 Teacher Licensure Program on winning the Shelby County Schools Why Teach? Contest. As a long-time aspiring teacher, Daudelin pulls on her own early educational experiences to shape her teaching philosophy. In her essay she writes, “when I became interested in being an educator, I already had an idea of what I wanted to incorporate into my classroom. I wanted to become a teacher where children’s strengths and interests were accepted and encouraged, rather than shut down or ignored.” Her goal is to “create an environment where children [are] collaborative learners and engaged in active, multi-modal learning.”

Throughout her time in the UTK CFS Prek-3 Teacher Licensure program, Daudelin loved having “the opportunity to learn from and observe many different teachers” because it gave her the chance to “view various teaching styles.” Moving forward, her dream job would be a First Grade Teacher at a Title I school in Nashville or Memphis. When not in the classroom, Daudelin loves to be active outside by walking and hiking in nice weather. She also enjoys going to trivia with friends. With such a bright future ahead, we are excited to see where she ends up!

Haley Moran, MS

Master’s Graduate Hayley Moran takes job at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville

Congratulations to recent graduate of the Child and Family Studies (CFS) Master’s program, Hayley Moran, on accepting a position at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville as part of their Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) team. Through his position, Hayley will be a part of a team aiming to “identify and create systemic change that results in the reduction of fetal and infant mortality death.” She is excited to use the skills she acquired as a CFS student to speak with parents from varying cultural backgrounds about infant sleep and safety.

Moran came to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) from Franklin, Tennessee. She received her B.S. in Child and Family Studies from UTK and progressed seamlessly into the M.S. Program. To learn more about Moran, browse her brief interview responses featured below.

What attracted you to the CFS Master’s program at UTK?

My junior year, I began working in the Early Experiences Research Center (EERC) with Dr. Hillary Fouts and Lauren Bader. My experience working in the lab as an undergrad really made me fall in love with research which is how I became interested in the Master’s program. I wanted to further explore my interest in how culture can influence families and how to better understand diverse families.

What was your favorite part of the program?

My favorite part of the program was the ability to design the perfect program of study to fit my interests and career goals. I was able to take courses in Qualitative Methods, Maternal & Infant Nutrition, and several CFS courses that explored diverse populations. This helped to inform my research as well as develop the skills and knowledge I needed when entering my career in public health. I also really enjoyed being able to work in two different lab spaces, the EERC and the Center for Parenting (C4P). Both labs gave me very unique experiences which strengthened my skill set and gave me more confidence when interviewing for jobs.

Just for fun, if you could do any job, what would it be? On a more serious note, what are your long-term career goals?

If I could do any job in the world, I would be a food & coffee critic! But realistically, I just want to always be in a position that allows me to make a difference in a child’s life and empower parents. I am excited that my position promoting safe sleep in Nashville will allow me to do that. Also, it is a long term goal of mine to someday write a children’s book.

Dr. Julia Jaekel and Lucia Miranda with Poster

Graduate Students and Faculty hold a Bavarian Longitudinal Study Team Retreat in San Francisco, California

Our Child and Family Studies (CFS) graduate students Lucia Miranda and Tobey Nichols and CFS Assistant Professor Julia Jaekel spent a productive and exciting 5-day Bavarian Longitudinal Study Team Retreat with Professor Dieter Wolke (University of Warwick, UK) and PhD student Katharina Heuser (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany) in San Francisco in May. During their time together, the team participated in the Adults born Preterm International Collaboration (APIC) meeting, successfully presented their research at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Conference, socialized with many international research leaders, and did some sight seeing. Shown in the group dinner pictures below are Professor Peter Anderson (Monash University, Australia), Professor Eero Kajantie (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland), Professor Erik Verrips (TNO, Netherlands) and Professor S. A. (Menno) Reijnefeld (University of Groningen, Netherlands).



Sally Hunter - Outstanding Mentor and Advisor Award

Clinical Assistant Professor Sally Hunter Awarded 2016-2017 Exceptional Faculty Mentor and Advisor Award

Congratulations to Clinical Assistant Professor Sally Hunter on receiving the 2016-2017 Exceptional Faculty Mentor and Advisor Award from TennACADA (the UT branch of the National Academic Advising Association). She works hard alongside the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences advising staff to offer academic advising to Child and Family Studies (CFS) students, which is at the heart of student success. When asked what she loves most about her job, she stated it is “having the opportunity to encourage and challenge students, as they figure out their strengths and choose their next steps in life.” The department is lucky to have her!

More about Sally Hunter:
Clinical Assistant Professor Hunter started her time at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a student-athlete, studying for her B.S. in Child Development and rowing for the UTK women’s rowing team. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from UTK and later joined the faculty team as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Advising Coordinator for Community Outreach. She splits her time between teaching 5-6 courses per year and acting as the initial advisor for all CFS Community Outreach Majors. To stay connected to her roots as a student-athlete, she is also currently serving as the chair of the UTK Faculty Senate Athletics Committee.

Photograph of a Swedish Canal featuring boats in the water and buildings along the side of the canal

Let’s Go Abroad! UTK in Sweden: Culture, Families, and Parenting

Child and Family Studies is excited to announce the Mini-Term (May 10th – May 31st, 2017) study abroad program in Uppsala, Sweden, focusing on Culture, Families, and Parenting. Participants can choose to receive 3 credit hours for CFS 460, CFS 581, SOC 491, or UNHO 491. The program will take place from May 10, 2017 until May 31, 2017 and will include the following activities:

  • 2 “Visiting Family Dinners” at a Swedish family’s home. Students will have the opportunity to speak with the families about parenting
  • Four 30-minute Intro to Swedish language lessons
  • Guided city tour of Uppsala which will include exploring Uppsala University, the famous cathedral, and the Biotopia museum
  • Guided tour of Uppsala Castle, built in the 16th century
  • Guided tour of Linneaen Garden, the oldest botanical garden in Sweden
  • Site visits to Swedish National Agency for Education, Swedish healthcare center, schools – Vallentuna School & Waldorfschool/nursery, and a youth club
  • A trip to family-friendly Stockholm, including guided tours of Gamla Stan, Vasa Museum, and Skansen
  • An evening of “fika” where students will socialize and enjoy coffee, tea, and desserts with local Uppsala University students
  • A 4-day weekend free to leave Sweden and tour other countries

Interested in learning more?  Watch the videos below!

For more information from UTK Study Abroad, click here.

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

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