Margaret E. Machara
Assistant Professor
Child Development and Family Relations
Department of Human Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information:

Office Location: 305 Humphries Building 
Telephone:  615-963-5628
FAX:  615-963-5033 

Research Areas:

Human Development, Parenting, Family Relationships, Healthy Living, Early Learning


Technical reports-1
Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures-14

Most Significant Publications:

•Machara, M. (2010). Bringing Higher Education to Life Through Service Learning. Network, 22.2, 1-2,4.

•Machara, M. Imperfection is Perfectly Fine. Kein, R. editor of Wisdoms for Parents: Key Ideas from Parent Educators. In review

•Rous, B, Hallam, R., Grove, J., Robinson, S., Machara, M. (2003). Parent Involvement in Early Care and Education Programs: A Review of the Literature. Prepared for the Parent Leadership Initiative.


ECFS 3610 Early Childhood Curriculum
ECFS 4620 Current Issues in Early Childhood Education
ECFS 3520 Observation and Assessment
ECFS 2010 Child Development
ECFS 4650 Principles of Parenting
ECFS 3020 Middle Childhood and Adolescents
ECFS 4600 PreK and Kindergarten Methods and Materials
ECFS 4630 Family Relationships
FACS 4500 Senior Project
ECFS 3530 Infant Clinic
ECFS 4000 Behavior Management
ECFS 4660 Field Placement


Developed and facilitated children’s classes for Habitat for Humanity concerning Healthy Living
Facilitated student involvement in Needs Assessment and Resource Materials for Community Action Council.

Recent Honors and Awards:

School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences Teacher of the Year 2009


BS (Family and Child Development); Minors (Psychology, Sociology) –Virginia Tech
MS (Family and Child Development) – Auburn University
PhD – University of Kentucky

Date joined staff:  2004

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