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Jacobvitz smallThe School of Human Ecology is a special part of The University of Texas, and I’m honored to serve as Director.  I came to campus in 1987 as an associate professor and in 2008 began serving as Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences.  

In my time at UT, I’ve experienced much growth including our transition from department to a school within the College of Natural Sciences. We have a proud history stemming from our roots in Home Economics to the science-based, human-focused curriculum our students experience today.  Last spring, we proudly welcomed the Division of Public Health into the school, giving our students even greater opportunities to change the world. Our faculty and students constantly amaze us with the work they do—from nutrition to public health to textiles and apparel to the science of relationships—The School of Human Ecology at UT houses some of the nation’s best and brightest faculty and students.

One of my favorite parts of my role is connecting with our alumni. I often hear how proud our community is of our school, and I’m thankful to get to share in the excitement of our future. As a stakeholder in our success, you help carry our legacy of excellence. Please consider making a gift to the School of Human Ecology. Your support allows us to continue building strong programs, attract top faculty and inspire the next generation of community leaders. Thank you for being part of our community and please visit us if you are on campus!


Dr. Deborah Jacobvitz
Director, School of Human Ecology