Cynthia Miller Named President of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences

By Ms. Gwynn Mason posted 04-23-2018 03:40 PM

Cindy Miller
Alexandria, Va. – April 23, 2018
– Cynthia (Cindy) Miller, PhD, GCDF, CFCS, CPFFE, assistant professor for career and technical education (CTE) in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences and Agriculture, College of Education and Technology, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico, will be sworn in as president of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) at the AAFCS 109th Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, during the Capstone Luncheon. 

“As president of AAFCS, I will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure our membership experiences the value and relevance of everything we do to help them achieve success,” said Miller. “I will also be a strong advocate in expressing the importance of FCS at the state and federal levels, along with other FCS-related associations and industry partners.”

In addition to serving on the AAFCS board of directors as director-at-large, Miller serves as a postsecondary advisory board member on the New Mexico Career and Technical Leadership Project, which represents all Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) state advisors.  She has also served in various leadership capacities with the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association, Northwest District of the Texas Affiliate of AAFCS, Texas Computer Education Association, and the Career and Technology Association of Texas. 

For more than 20 years, Miller has held various education-related positions, from teaching in the secondary classroom to higher education. Her previous roles included working as a business education teacher in the Lubbock Independent School District; CTE administrator for two school districts; and research associate for the AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative while working on her doctorate. She also served twice as a Texas CTE Review Committee member for the state’s curriculum standards, specifically in family and consumer sciences and career development. 

Miller earned her BS and MS degrees from Texas Tech University, Lubbock in secondary business education and a doctorate from Texas Tech University in family and consumer sciences education. Her research interests are in the areas of critical science in FCS, academic and CTE integration, and career development.

In recognition of her work, Miller has received an Outstanding CTE Educator award from the New Mexico Association of Career and Technical Education; an FCS graduate fellowship from National Association for Teacher Educators in Family & Consumer Sciences, and Best of Texas Outstanding CTE Award from the Texas Career & Technology Council. She has authored publications in the areas of family and consumer sciences and career development, and she is currently serving as editor of the Texas Business and Technology Educators Association Journal

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences

Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Gwynn Mason

Senior Director, Communications & Marketing, AAFCS