FCS Institutions

Ohio Family and Consumer Sciences

Teacher Education Universities

In Ohio 1,097 FCS teachers serve 170,000 high school students, 37,000 middle school students, and 5,300 GRADS (pregnant and parenting) students (ODE, 2010 data). Since there is currently a high rate of retirements among teachers the demand for FCS teachers is high and Ohio is not meeting this demand.


Student enrollment in FCS teacher programs at Ohio universities has been low due to the pressure schools and teachers face related to the economic down turn in the U.S. and the changes in what it takes to become and remain a teacher in Ohio.

In Ohio there are five universities preparing Family and Consumer Science teachers. In order to assist our recruitment efforts, find below the five institutions and the contact people who are working to recruit and prepare the next generations of FCS teachers for Ohio

Bowling Green State University

Contact: Frederick Polkingrne, School of Teaching and Learning

Email: fpolkin@bgsu.edu


School of Teaching and Learning

529 Education Building

Bowling Green, OH 43403-0247



Phone: 419-372-2904

Fax: Fax: 419-372-9486



Ohio State University

Contact: Chris Zirkle, PhD., College of Education and Human Ecology, Associate Professor,

Workforce Development

Email: zirkle.6@osu.edu

Phone: 614-247-6227



Family and Consumer Sciences

206 Campbell Hall

1787 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43210-1295

B. S. and Post-Baccalaureate


Phone: (614) 292-5714



Ohio University

Contact:  Lisa Dieble, Associate Lecturer, Family & Consumer Sciences

Human & Consumer Sciences, McCkracken Hall 121N

Email: diebel@ohio.edu

Phone: 740-593-9982


Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

Grover Center E156

Athens, OH 45701-2979

B. S. and M. Ed. in progress


Phone: (740) 593-2880



University of Akron

Contact: Sally Antonnuci, Program Coordinator, FCS Teacher Education

Email: smb21@uakron.edu

Phone: 330-972-6044


School of Family and Consumer Sciences

215 Schrank Hall South

Akron, OH 44325-6103



Youngstown State University

Contact:  Mr. Abel, Waithaka, FCS ED Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Email: agwaithaka@ysu.edu

Phone: 330-941-2635


Department of Human Ecology

3303 Cushwa Hall

One University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555


Phone: (330) 941-3344