About the College

In a world focused on things, we focus first on PEOPLE.

Mission

We want to welcome you to our college, whether you're a prospective student, a current K-Stater, a parent or someone who needs expertise we can provide. The mission of K-State's College of Human Ecology is to discover, disseminate and apply knowledge to meet basic human needs and improve the human condition. This knowledge advances professions, human services, public policy, business and industry. The college enrolls more than 2,600 undergraduate and 400 graduate students while employing more than 80 faculty members in teaching, research and Extension positions.

The K-State College of Human Ecology is distinguished by a legacy of leadership and excellence. Leaders of this college have shaped social, economic and scientific knowledge relating to people and their near environment for more than 125 years. Following the path of our founders, our faculty excel in teaching and outreach as well as in innovative research that enhances the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

The number of alumni from the College of Human Ecology now exceeds 15,000. In the last decade, the College of Human Ecology has experienced a substantial growth in scholarship, extramural funding and alumni support. We are proud of our heritage and excited about our future. We rely on our legacy of excellence and we look toward a future of prominence that will place the College of Human Ecology and Kansas State University at the forefront of innovation in the 21st century.

Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean of the College of Human Ecology provides leadership, administrative support and guidance to the departments and units of the college. Dean John Buckwalter works with an administrative team of assistant and associate deans, advisors, coordinators, specialists and support staff who help faculty and staff throughout the college carry out their mission of teaching, research and outreach. The Office of the Dean is the hub of the college, facilitating important scholarship and research and building crucial alliances with academic, corporate and governmental partners around the world. The Office of the Dean works diligently to promote diversity in the college, securing the necessary resources to attract talented students and faculty from all backgrounds and cultures.

The faculty and staff in the Office of the Dean work to carry out the mission of the college every day. Please do not hesitate to contact them if they can be of service in any way.

What is Human Ecology?

What exactly is human ecology? Here's the short answer:

It's about us. Humans. What we need to be physically and emotionally healthy. How we care for our children, our elders, our families. How we design our living and working spaces. How we feed and clothe ourselves. How we gather and celebrate. How we keep our bodies healthy and strong. Basically, anything that helps people lead better lives is human ecology. It's a varied field with a rich history and a fantastic future.

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