Valerie J McMillan

Interim Chairperson for Family and Consumer Sciences

Valerie J McMillan
College of Ag & Environ Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

Benbow Hall 111
Ph.D.Early Childhood Education / Iowa State University
MAEDEducation / South Carolina State University
B.S.Early Childhood Education / South Carolina State University


Dr. McMillan is an Associate Professor and serves as the Program Coordinator for the M.A.T. Child Development Early Education and Family Studies (Birth-Kindergarten) program and Interim Program Coordinator for the M.A.T. Family and Consumer Sciences Education program in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. She is recognized as a leader in child development and early education and she is often invited to do presentations and serve on local, state and/or national councils, boards, taskforces, and committees who are concerned about the early care and education of young children and their families.

Research Interests

Dr. McMillan has research experience in child and family nutrition and eating patterns, culturally responsive practices and assessments, family involvement, parent education, and teacher beliefs and classroom practices.

Recent Publications

  • Meeshay Williams-Wheeler, Valerie McMillan, Sung-Jin Lee (2022). (Infusing the FCS-BOK in a CDFS Curriculum). (3) 114, pp. 52-57. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Elizabeth Hopfer, Sung Jin Lee, Valerie Mcmillan, Valerie Giddings (2020). (FCS and Social Entrepreneurship: Partners in Crisis). (4) 112, pp. 61-64. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Valerie Mcmillan, Patricia Lynch, Vinaya Kelkar, Havalah Moore (2016). (Factors Influencing Parents’ Eating Behaviors: Insights for Childhood Nutritional Intake). (2) 4, pp. 219-225. International Journal of Advanced Nutritional and Health Sciences.
  • Marcus Comer, M Ibrahim, Valerie Mcmillan, G. Baker, S. Patterson (2009). (Reducing the spread of infectious diseases through hand washing). (Journal of Extension) Journal of Extension.
  • Valerie Mcmillan (2001). (Multicultural and antibias strategies in services for children and families).
  • V. Jarvis-Samuels, D Stockdale, S. Crase (1994). (Adolescent mothers' adjustment to parenting). (Journal of Adolescence) 17, pp. 427-443. Journal of Adolescence.