Child Development & Family Relations
       Featured Faculty and Staff --- Dr. Sharon Ballard
Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Child Development and Family Relations

Courses Taught:
I teach a wide variety of courses in the department but the most common ones are: CDFR 3290: Theory and Practice in Family and Community Services, CDFR 4006: Families, Sexuality, & Gender Roles, CDFR 4366: Family Life Education, and CDFR 6420: Program Planning and Evaluation

Research and Personal Interests:
My research interests are focused on family life education and in particular parent education and sexuality education. My personal interests include reading, scrapbooking, running, yoga, and hanging out with my husband, 8-year old son, and my friends.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Maine, a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Awards won and who awarded them to you:
2011 Service Award
Treasured Pirate
Finalist, University Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2007 & 2011
UNC Board of Governor’s Distinguished Professor for Teaching, 2007

What City, State, or Country are you originally from?
I am from Lee, Maine which is a town of about 800 people.

Some type of quote you live by:
Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often

Something interesting about yourself?
I used to run a canoe and kayak business in Belgrade Lakes, Maine.


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