Carole J. Makela, a professor in Colorado State University’s School of Education, was recently honored with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences’ highest national award, the Distinguished Service Award, at its recent 97th annual conference in Charlotte, N.C.
Makela was recognized for her many years of outstanding contributions to the family and consumer sciences profession and AAFCS. At Colorado State University, she advises family and consumer sciences undergraduates and teaches the capstone course. She teaches and advises graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels, promoting quality research as the foundation of one’s field. This philosophy has been furthered through her efforts as an associate editor of several professional journals in her field.
Makela serves the Colorado affiliate of AAFCS in many capacities, including serving on numerous committees, and is currently treasurer. She has served as president of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honorary society of agriculture and related sciences-the only woman to hold that honor.
Founded in 1909, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences is the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing people together to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. Family and consumer sciences professionals develop, integrate and provide practical knowledge about research-based life skills-financial literacy; dietetics and nutrition; child care and parenting; conflict resolution; consumer education; housing and environment; and apparel and textiles.