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Dr. Shirley Hymon ParkerDr. Shirley Hymon-Parker

Associate Dean, Agricultural Research Program

Location: C.H. Moore Agricultural Research Station, B-16
Phone: (336) 285-4701
Fax: (336) 334-7674

Educational Background:

Doctoral Certificate, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Gerontology, 2000.
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Education Policy, Planning and Administration, 1993.
M.S. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Apparel Design; Minor: Human Relations and Public Policy, 1981.
B.S. North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC; Home Economics – Clothing and Textile; Minor: Art, 1979.

Academic Experience:

2009 - Present – Associate Dean for the Agricultural Research Program, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC.

1997 - 2009 – Associate Research Director – 1890 Programs, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS), University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD.

1994 - 2009 – Professor & Chair – Department of Human Ecology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD ( Assistant (1994) to Associate (1998) to Professor rank 2004).

1983 - 1987 & 1988 - 1994 - Fashion Merchandising Program Coordinator/Lecturer, Department
of Human Ecology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD.

1987 - 1989 -Instructor, Home Economics Department, Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Memberships in Professional Associations:

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Kappa Omicron Nu - National Family & Consumer Sciences Honor Society (KON)
Council of Administrators in Family & Consumer Sciences (CAFCS)
National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences (NCBDFCS)

Other Service to the University

Chair, NCAT- SAES, Undergraduate Research Committee
Office of Undergraduate Research Planning Committee (OUR), NCAT
Undergraduate Research Symposium Planning Committee- in conjunction with NC Science Festival

Courses Taught

Research Methods
Supervisory Management
Instructional Methods in Teaching Family & Consumer Sciences
Professional Development

Research Interests:

Undergraduate research
Childhood obesity intervention measures
Rural entrepreneurship

Cited Research:

Collins, N., Hymon-Parker, S., Mitstifer, D., and Nelson-Goff, B. (2010). “Perceptions of the value of
undergraduate research: A study of Human Sciences graduates.
” Family and Consumer Sciences
Research Journal, Vol. 38, (3) 303-316.

Collins, N., Mitstifer, D., Nelson-Goff, B., Hymon-Parker, S. (2009). “Undergraduate research in
Human Sciences: Three models.
” Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, Vol. 101 (3), 24-31.

Thompson, A. and Hymon-Parker, S. (2008). “College student’s perception of clothing that projects a professional image.” Undergraduate Research Journal in Human Sciences. Vol.7. (on-line journal).

Willis, J. and Hymon-Parker, S. (2006). “Expanding multicultural activities across the curriculum for pre-schoolers.” Undergraduate Research Journal in Human Sciences. Vol. 5. (on-line journal).

Hymon-Parker, S. and Long, D. (November, 2004). Using articulation and distance learning to meet
the educational needs of head start personnel in rural communities. Communiqué. Vol. 4, (1),1-3.

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