Welcome to TAFCS!

Family and Consumer Sciences: Creating healthy and sustainable families

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TAFCS's mission is to effect the optimal well-being of individuals and families by:

  • Empowering members to act on continuing and emerging concerns;
  • Focusing the expertise of members for action on critical issues;
  • Assuming leadership among organizations with mutual purposes.

State Conference

Hosted in the School of Human Ecology @ TN Tech

Date: June 12, 2018 (Registration and breakfast start at 9 a.m.)

Venue: School of Human Ecology in Oakley Hall

Location: Tennessee Technological University (Cookeville, TN)

Theme: “Cultivating Social and Emotional Competence for Healthy Relationships.”

More details: https://www.facebook.com/Tenne... 

Day on the Hill @ Legislative Plaza in Nashville

Dear Colleagues,

As the semester begins, the time for the Legislation Day on the Hill is quickly approaching. This is our third FCS Day on the Hill and a wonderful opportunity to meet with our lawmakers and gain their ear for a moment, make an impression, and represent our profession, as well as our respective schools.

In the past, we have met with several members of both the House and the Senate, and have been able to advocate for more concentration and attention to our discipline.  Some of the committees that we have met with previously include Finance, Ways, and Means, Health and Welfare, and Education.

FCS Day on the Hill is March 21, and appointments fill quickly. If you are at all interested in participating, I strongly urge you to reserve a time to meet with your legislators as soon as possible! If you are not comfortable speaking to a legislator, you may attend an appointment with a faculty member from TTU. Dr. Cara Sisk has arranged for us to have a table to set up in the lobby. We need support in manning the table and passing out TAFCS brochures. It is a great way to let others know of our profession and programs at our schools.

To find your representative and make an appointment to meet with them, go to capitol.tn.gov/legislators. There you will be able to find both the House and Senate Committee lists, as well as find your own representative by searching via your address. To make an appointment, click on the Congress member’s picture and their profile should come up. In the upper left hand side, right under their picture, an “Email Legislator” button should appear. Click this and email requesting an appointment. You will only have 5 to 10 minutes to speak at each appointment.

This event is serving as a way to make legislators aware of who we are and what we do. It is a great opportunity for advocacy, as well as a learning experience for faculty and students alike. I urge each of you to participate in this marvelous event.  Please let me know if you are willing to join us at TTU. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email.


Melinda Swafford, PhD

Tennessee Technological University, School of Human Ecology

Accredited Programs

AAFCS accreditation is a status granted to family and consumer sciences units within colleges and universities that meet or exceed standards established by the AAFCS Council for Accreditation. The AAFCS Council for Accreditation has accredited many family and consumer sciences programs across the United States.

Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Course Standards:

The proposal to change/delete the foundation course Family and Consumer Sciences and to change course standards in other Family and Consumer Sciences courses by the Tennessee Department of Education Career Technical Education division and Tennessee State School Board has come to the attention of the Tennessee Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (TAFCS), an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The membership of TAFCS is concerned with the impact of the proposed changes specifically in the career clusters: Education and Training and Human Services.