Assistant Professor of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
About Robin Box
Robin Box’s academic background is in family and consumer sciences education. She has over 35 years of experience working with college students. She currently teaches in the family and child area. Robin’s interests include working with the community as students engage in service learning experiences. Robin is the 2018-2020 President of National Phi Upsilon Omicron, an honor society for students in family and consumer sciences and related disciplines. As the collegiate advisor of Phi Upsilon Omicron, Robin supports the local Alpha Sigma chapter members as the students strive for lifelong learning, leadership building, and ethical and scholastic excellence.
2018-current: Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
Robin has worked with Dr. Linda Taylor in developing and implementing the introductory course in Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies, ECYF 100. This course supports students as they engage in 40 clock hours of service learning. An exciting opportunity also includes the freshman of family and child majors residing in a Living Learning Community. Robin, along with other faculty, are present on a regular basis in the residential environment throughout the semester to assist and support students in their transition to college. Robin also serves as the Family and Child Internship faculty supervisor.
2017-2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Consumer, and Technology Education
As the program of Family and Child embarked upon a new chapter in a newly named department, Robin taught the FCS Body of Knowledge and Child and Family Wellness courses. She was named Family and Child Program Chair beginning Spring 2018.
1992-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
From 1993-2005, Robin taught the Child Development course. In 2011, Robin began teaching courses full-time in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences which included FCS Body of Knowledge, Family and Consumer Sciences in Practice capstone course, Presentations Practices Techniques in Family Life Education, Family Relations, and Child and Family Wellness.
1986-2011: Director of the Child Study Center
In 1986, Robin became the infant toddler and preschool lab coordinator of the Child Study Center child development programs. In 1987, Robin was named Director of the Child Study Center and served in this position for 25 years. She also taught as the summer lead preschool teacher for 17 summers. During her tenure as director, she guided the Child Study Center to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 1998, with renewals in 2002 and 2007. In 2010 and under her leadership, the Child Study Center was awarded Paths to Quality Level Four from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. In addition, both the Infant/Toddler and Preschool program facilities received Home Licensing status from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Roles in the position as director and lab coordinator included supervising child care administrative and preschool classroom practicum students. Having taught child development for 12 years, Robin impacted 100’s of college students to implement developmentally appropriate practices in child care and child development whether their future meant being a parent and or child care provider.
1984-1986: Residence Hall Director
During this time, Robin served as the residence hall director of Wood in Woodworth Complex supervising resident assistants, hall council, and desk staff students. She worked closely with other hall directors in the complex meeting the diversified needs of college students in residence hall housing accommodations.
M.A. Home Economics
Ball State University, 1989
B.S. Home Economics Education
Ball State University, 1983