Productive, Empowered Communities
Communities thrive when their members do. Learning what’s needed for individuals, families, and society to flourish is the cornerstone of social science scholarship in the College of ACES. We study the complex interactions in families and foster their resilience among the stresses of modern life. We are discovering how children and young people can best grow to become adults who contribute effectively to society.
Scholarly knowledge becomes action in ACES, through work in educational settings, youth development programs, and community services touching thousands of young people and families. ACES develops leaders at all stages of life, starting with 4-H members and the students we prepare for successful careers. The innovative new leadership studies program at the University of Illinois makes its home in ACES.
Decision makers come to ACES for expertise that influences social policies and economic prospects, extending from local communities to the global stage. An array of disciplines, including policy, law, economics, leadership, vocational education, and communication converge here, facilitating problem solving from multiple perspectives. Scholars focus on finding solutions to help improve quality of life.
In ACES, we are applying science and technology in smarter and more sustainable ways, teaching people to effectively manage relationships and finances, and bringing to light new ways to nurture communities.
Dr. Erica Thieman studies resilience in secondary agriculture teachers who advise FFA chapters and teach leadership in the middle and high school settings. Currently she is examining the impact of stress on retention and resilience in teachers while working to integrate stress management concepts into the agriculture teacher education curriculum. Through instruction in stress management in the preservice years, she hopes to improve retention and quality of life professionally and personally among classroom teachers.
ACE 199, Agribusiness Leadership and Policy, is in its fifth year of providing students a meaningful policy experience during a week in Washington, D.C.read more...