Dr. James (Jim) Walters

Received Bachelor of Science Degree in sociology in 1946 from Washburn University, Master of Science Degree in child welfare in 1948 from the University of Iowa. Received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Child Development in 1954 from Florida State University.

First male in the United States to be appointed as a family life extension specialist when he was hired by Rutgers University. During that time he developed programs for 4-H clubs, wrote pamphlets for parent education groups and developed exhibits for county fairs.

At the age of 23, had a regular column for The New York Sun.

First male home economics faculty member at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1949 (now known as Oklahoma State University).

First male appointed as department head in the College of Home Economics at the University of Georgia.

Among the first men to be honored as an AHEA Leader.

Recipient of the Osborne Award, presented annually by the National Council on Family Relations to the outstanding teacher in family relations.

Recipient of the Josiah Meigs Teaching Award – UGA’s top award for superior teaching

1989 recipient of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Creswell Award for his work with students.

Has a graduate student scholarship in his name at Florida State University.