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About Us

Our Vision

Together, we build the beloved community of Zion by empowering individuals to strengthen hearts, families, relationships, and societies.

Our Mission


As disciples of Jesus Christ, we in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences work to foster a deep and broad understanding of humankind. We are committed to equipping students with tools and methods to pursue truth and to solve complicated global issues from a foundation of faith. We educate students to recognize and value both diversity and unity, with the purpose of promoting the dignity and divine nature of all of God’s children. We do this by expanding knowledge and understanding; modeling curiosity and love of learning; providing challenging and faith building experiences both inside and outside the classroom; applying careful analysis and rigorous methods to hard questions; and encouraging students, faculty, and staff to be engaged and compassionate citizens. We acknowledge God will yet reveal many great and important things, and we faithfully seek after these truths.

Dean's Office Directory
Dean
Associate Deans
Assistant Deans
Admin Support Staff
Student Employees
Other Offices

Laura Padilla-Walker

Dean
Professor of Family Life

990-C KMBL
(801) 422-2083
laura_walker@byu.edu

Mikaela Dufur

Associate Dean
Faculty Evaluation
Professor of Sociology

Capital Equipment; College Rank and Status; Computing Services & Technology; Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion: Gender & Health/Disability; Faculty Profiles; Stewardship Interviews; University Awards; University Faculty Development Meeting

990D KMBL
(801) 422-1720
mikaela_dufur@byu.edu

Samuel Otterstrom

Associate Dean
Curriculum & Teaching
Professor of Geography​

Academic Advisement; American Heritage; Assessment; Bachelor of General Studies; BYU Online & Independent Study; BYU-Salt Lake Center; Education Preparation; Graduate Studies; International Study; Scholarships; Student Career Development Council; Student Complaints; University and College Curriculum Council; Writing Instruction

990Q KMBL
(801) 422-7751
samuel_otterstrom@byu.edu

Niwako Yamawaki

Associate Dean
Development
Professor of Psychology

​Chair-Marjorie Pay Hinckley Endowed Chair​ Committee; College Space; Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion: Race and First-Generation Students; Faculty Leaves; Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Student Research Conference; Research Awards and Grants; Reviews for Institutes and Centers

990A KMBL
(801) 422-8053
niwako_yamawaki@byu.edu

Mike Bridenbaugh

Assistant Dean
Controller


990H KMBL
(801) 422-2152
michael_bridenbaugh@byu.edu

Danny Damron

Assistant Dean
Experiential Learning &
Professional Development

945 KMBL
(801) 422-2168
danny_damron@byu.edu

Lita Little Giddins

Assistant Dean
Diversity, Collaboration, and Inclusion


934 KMBL
(801) 422-3703
lita_giddins@byu.edu

Jordan Karpowitz

Assistant Dean
Communications & External Relations

946 KMBL
(801) 422-1320
jordan_karpowitz@byu.edu
fhss_communications@byu.edu

Joseph Olsen

Assistant Dean
Director of Information Technology and the FHSS Research Support Center

922 KMBL
(801) 422-6296
joseph_olsen@byu.edu

Carina Alleman

Assistant to the Dean

990B KMBL
(801) 422-2084
carina.alleman@byu.edu

Sarah Rogers

College Events Coordinator

990F KMBL
(801) 422-1355
sarah.rogers@byu.edu

Kathleen Reyes

Administrative Coordinator

990N KMBL
(801) 422-3819
kathleen_reyes@byu.edu

Amy Foote

Assistant Controller

990K KMBL
(801) 422-8192
amy_foote@byu.edu

College Lectures

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