Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Ann Vail, head of the family and consumer sciences and Extension home economics departments at New Mexico State University, received the 2002 Leaders Award for significant contributions to the field from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Vail accepted the award June 24 at the association's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. She was recognized for career contributions ranging from teaching in a high school program for teen parents to serving in faculty positions at Ohio State University, Iowa State University and the University of Idaho.
In addition to her advocacy for the family and consumer sciences field, Vail serves on the Las Cruces Affordable Housing Roundtable, the YMCA steering committee and the Con Alma Health Foundation Advisory Committee. She has inspired numerous students to become leaders as professionals.
In her nomination letter, Marie Duryea, president of the New Mexico Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, called Vail "a deep, philosophical thinker who always considers the practical implications of what we are doing."
Vail believes that family and consumer sciences has the potential to improve the quality of life across the entire lifespan and serve families at the individual, family and community level.
Before joining NMSU in 1999, Vail was honored for her work in the family and consumer sciences education departments at Iowa State University and the University of Idaho, and for her doctoral work in home economics administration at Ohio State University.
She has written numerous articles in publications such as the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and the Journal of Home Economics. In addition, she is the author of three books: Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Family and Personal Relationships, the instruction manual for Taking Sides, and Leadership for Change: National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
Vail has received the New Achiever Award from both the Idaho and American Home Economics associations. In 1999, she was named one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni of the Past 100 Years by Ohio State University. In 1995, she was honored as a new leader by the Human Ecology Alumni Society. She received her bachelor's degree in home economics education from Colorado State University and both her master's degree and doctorate in home economics education from Ohio State University.
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