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Community, Family, and Addiction Services: A New Department with a Strong History

The Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Studies (CFAS) is comprised of the CFAS undergraduate degree, the Addictive Disorders and Recovery Studies (ADRS) undergraduate minor and graduate certificate program, and masters' and doctoral degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). The Family Therapy Clinic (FTC) is housed within the CFAS department. It currently serves as a training clinic for doctoral and master's interns who provide services to the community. These services are provided on a sliding fee scale (filling an important local niche), and address a wide range of individual, couple, and family concerns.

Two centers currently under the auspices of CoHS, the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and the Center for Prevention and Resiliency, are also affiliated with this new department.

The CFAS is uniquely poised to be at the forefront of family and addictions research and unique academic offerings at the B.S., Master's, and Ph.D. levels. The new department will provide a clear identity and increase campus and community visibility for the programs within it. The national respected CFAS faculty includes professionals unlike any other program in the country. They provide the MFT program with an emphasis in addiction that no other university in the country has. Numerous possibilities exist for the development of unique and desirable new programs at the masters' and PhD levels, most notably an ADRS track within the MFT doctoral degree.

Through the collaboration of two historically strong programs, ADRS and MFT, the CFAS undergraduate major was developed to meet the emerging employee needs of human service organizations. The CFAS undergraduate major has experienced significant growth in the past three years, now carrying 110 students. Because of this growth, and the desire to collaborate further to expand graduate program offerings, becoming a stand-alone department is the next logical step to ensure ongoing success.

Department Degrees Courses Faculty Centers
Community, Family, and Addiction Studies B.S., Minor, M.S., Ph.D. 20 undergraduate
27 graduate
10 tenure track
3 full-time instructors
(3 endowed chairs/professorships)
Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and the Center for Adolescent Resiliency

The new CFAS Department is in Room 271 of the Human Sciences Building. Visit their website at

Texas Tech's Personal Financial Planning Division Becomes a Department

The Division of Personal Financial Planning (PFP) in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University will become a department effective fall 2012. Professor Vickie Hampton, who has led the PFP group since 2001, will serve as chairwoman of the new department.

Under Hampton's leadership, the division has become one of the most active programs of its kind. Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech is widely recognized as the premier PFP program, and was featured in November 2011 as one of the 10 standout financial planning programs by Financial Planning magazine. Notably, three of the other schools highlighted are led by graduates who earned their doctorates from Texas Tech's PFP program, and three more have hired Texas Tech graduates.

There are approximately 125 undergraduate students, 120 masters' students, and 35 doctoral students, and approximately 1,000 students per semester taking basic personal finance courses, "The growth and development of the Texas Tech PFP program over the past 10 years has been truly amazing. I am pleased that PFP's designation as a department has been approved. The program is already considered a top tier PFP program and attaining departmental status will enhance its visibility with potential student and faculty, donors and foundation, and the financial industry, "Dean Linda Hoover said. PFP also has an endowed chair, funded by The CH Foundation and more than $1 million in research funding.

The change from a division to a distinct Department within the College of Human Sciences represents much more than mere semantics. "Elevation to the Department of Personal Financial Planning provides the visibility and focus needed to enhance quality growth and research productivity," Hampton said. "We can better meet the needs of our students and do so with greater administrative efficiency than is possible in the current organizational structure."

The mission of the department is to educate students to the highest standards of excellence; foster intellectual, ethical and personal development; and generate the highest quality of meaningful research.

The PFP department's priorities will include maintaining national recognition and the highest quality faculty, while preparing students to become articulate leaders, ethical decision-makers and competent scholars in the field of Personal Financial Planning.

"We are educating the next generation of financial planning professionals," Hampton said.

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