Bowers Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award

By Sara Tantillo posted 08-20-2018 12:00 PM


Alexandria, Va. – August 20, 2018 –
The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) honored its 2018 Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 109th Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Among those selected for the prestigious award was Dr. Jan Bowers, CFCS, a committed AAFCS member who has contributed significantly to the progression and sustainment of the field of family and consumer sciences.

Serving as the dean of the School of Education and Human Ecology at the State University of New York at Oneonta, Dr. Bowers currently administers 37 undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation and family and consumer sciences programs. She invests in the future of the field by using collaborative partnerships and best practice models to provide students and staff with leadership development opportunities that contribute to their success.

Dr. Bowers’ dedication to family and consumer sciences has been further exemplified through her various leadership roles. At the university level, she has served as a department chair and teacher educator. She also is an external reviewer and development consultant for university programs. At the state level, she has served as a state department of education program supervisor and state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) director. Furthermore, Dr. Bowers has served as the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Association volunteer director for 22 years, served two terms on the National FCCLA Board of Directors, served for ten years on the Alliance for Family & Consumer Sciences, and has held national leadership positions in five family and consumer sciences-related professional associations. She has given more than 100 presentations at the state, national, and international level.

The AAFCS Distinguished Service Award adds to Dr. Bowers’ lengthy list of accolades. In addition to this recent honor, she has received awards for University Distinguished Professor of Service, National FCCLA Distinguished Service, AAFCS Leader, and FCSEA Educator of the Year. She was also named an American Council on Education Fellow and has had more than 65 grants funded to facilitate innovative education initiatives.

The other AAFCS 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient is Gay Nell McGinnis, CFCS-Retired.


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
Sr. Director, Communications & Marketing, AAFCS