Chair's Message

Welcome from Thomas Pavkov, Chair of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Thomas Pavkov

I’m happy to welcome you to NIU’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Our school has recently undergone some exciting new changes designed to serve our mission to provide you with opportunities to learn and practice strategies to support healthy growth and development of families and individuals.

The School of Family and Consumer Sciences is the academic home to a diverse population of over 600 undergraduate and graduate students. Our successful programs fall into four academic areas: Fashion MerchandisingGerontology/Leadership in Aging ServicesHuman Development and Family Sciences; and Hospitality and Tourism Management.

We’re proud to offer students the opportunity to engage in real-world experience through several on-campus facilities that support our mission. These include Ellington's Restaurant, the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic and the award-winning Child Development and Family Center. Each facility serves the NIU campus, and the DeKalb and Sycamore communities.

I invite you to explore our programs here, or better yet, come out to see us. Contact the FACS office at 815-753-1543 if you have questions or would like to arrange a visit. You may also contact me via email at The FACS faculty and staff are here to facilitate your student career success through quality educational programs and exciting career-related opportunities.

Thomas Pavkov, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Contact Us

Family and Consumer Sciences
118 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115