Family & Consumer Sciences

FCS Faculty and Staff

Donna Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Family and Consumer Sciences
(205) 665-6384

Dr. Donna Bell is an Assistant Professor and serves as the program coordinator for the Family and Consumer Sciences department. She works directly with students in the Retail Merchandising concentration and FCS Education concentration at the University of Montevallo. She attended Auburn University, where she received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching in Career and Technical Education. Dr. Bell received her M.Ed in secondary education and her B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Montevallo. She has experience in the area of retail management and buying.

Laura Bloom, Ph.D.
Associate Professor for Family and Consumer Sciences
Director – UM Child Study Center
(205) 665-6388

Dr. Bloom serves as an Associate Professor for Human Development and Family Studies as well as Faculty Director for the Child Study Center on campus. She teaches child development and early childhood methods courses. Dr. Bloom also coordinates and supervises the HDFS internships. She serves as the Faculty Advisor for KON. She attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and obtained her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Bloom also received her M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from UAB and her B.S. degree in Home Economics with a concentration in Child Development/Family Relations with a double-major in Education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Dr. Bloom has experience as a child care teacher and director and worked in Daycare Licensing for the Department of Human Resources. She has experience in early intervention services and ran a child abuse prevention center for many years. Her professional interests include child development, developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education, family relations, and adoption.

Lolita Kincade, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Family and Consumer Sciences
(205) 665-6382

Dr. Kincade is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies. She is the Director of the Certified Family Life Education (CFLE) Program and serves as the faculty mentor for the FCS student group. Dr. Kincade attended Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, where she earned a Ph.D. in Family Studies with a concentration in Health Promotion and Planning. She holds a M.S. in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, a B.A. in Psychology and is certified as a Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. In addition to her work in academia and community education, Dr. Kincade is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC).  Her professional interests include improving quality and standards of individual and family life. She has published research on diverse topics, and has worked with diverse populations in academic, hospital and community settings. She is experienced in research consultation, program development and planning, non-profit administration and policy advocacy. Dr. Kincade is committed to excellence and continues to make valuable contributions to her field.

C. Amanda Grauel
Administrative Assistant I – Part-time
(205) 665-6385
Bloch Hall