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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Walter R. Schumm

Walter R. Schumm


Contact Information

311 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Family Studies, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Family and Child Development, Kansas State University
  • B.S. in Physics, College of William and Mary

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Fellow, National Council on Family Relations
  • Certified Family Life Educator, National Council on Family Relations

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Research Methodology
  • Premarital Education
  • Same-sex Families
  • Relationship Satisfaction
  • Military Families

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

  • Meta-analysis of issues related to same-sex parenting
  • Issues in research with rural families
  • Research with military families and overseas combat deployments
  • Statistical analysis of historical data

Courses Taught

  • AMETH 560 Understanding Islam
  • FSHS 660 Marriage Preparation and Enrichment
  • FSHS 806 Statistical Methods in FSHS
  • FSHS 890 Intermediate Research Methods in FSHS
  • FSHS 893 Program Evaluation

Professional Biography

Walter Schumm is a professor of family studies, having taught at Kansas State University since 1979. He is also a retired colonel, U.S. Army, having served 30 years in the Army Reserve and Army National Guard from 1972 to 2002. He co-edited the Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodology and co-authored a recent book on the transition to parenthood. He has over 300 published journal articles, book chapters and technical reports. He is the editor of the journal Marriage and Family Review and an associate editor or reviewer for numerous family studies and/or psychology journals. He is a Fellow with the National Council on Family Relations and a certified Family Life Educator.

Personal Information

Schumm lives on a small farm with his wife and two of his seven children, both of whom are attending Kansas State University this year (the others have left home). They raise goats and guineas/chickens along with two dogs and several cats. Schumm occasionally collects old coins, including Roman coins. K-State is where he earned his master's degree back in 1976, and he enjoyed the faculty then and since. He has been teaching at the university since 1979, which he says should speak for itself. Schumm says the library staff are always willing to help you find what you need, and the campus facilities are great. Mainly, he thinks the faculty are very personable, great teachers and love their areas of research. He believes the Manhattan area is a great place to raise a family: the cost of living is low (particularly with a little guidance on where to shop); the water and the air are clean (except for spring pasture burning season); the airport allows several direct flights daily to Chicago and Dallas/Fort Worth while Kansas City and Topeka - larger metropolitan areas - are only an hour or two away; and there is a large homeschooling contingent in the area and a wide variety of religious organizations or groups, not to mention organic food coops and stores.

Vita (pdf)