Other Activities in 1997–98

Margaret Feldman continued to be the NCFR volunteer representative in Washington. NCFR membership in the Coalition of Social Science Associations (at $575/year) kept her busy monitoring federal grants legislation for social science research. During the year, she attended meetings of federal agency groups such as the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect and Advisory Board meetings of the National Institute of Child Health and Development and the Interagency Task Force on Family Statistics. Marilyn Bensman, NCFR Representative to the United Nations, attended the Department of Public Information briefings meetings of UN NGO Committees on The Family, Aging, Mental Health, and […]

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Sections in 1997–98

The Family Science Section developed a set of “Ethical Principles and Guidelines” that were accepted by the Board to be used by the Board and NCFR. The Section would monitor their use. The Feminism and Family Studies Section received permission from the Publications Committee to print a teaching resources book of feminism and family studies course syllabi and sell it at the Annual Conference to benefit the Jessie Bernard Award Endowment fund. Read the March 1998 Feminism and Family Studies Section newsletter, Stephen Marks, Editor Read the October 1998 Feminism and Family Studies Section newsletter, Stephen Marks, Editor

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Affiliates in 1997–98

Association of Councils President James Ponzetti reported 17 active state councils: AL, BC, Canada, DC, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MI, MN, MS, NC, OH, OK, PA/DE, TX, and UT. The regional councils included the Northwest Council, with seven states, and the Southeastern Council, with 11 states. The three local councils were (1) Greater Greensboro, NC; (2) Military Families, and (3) Taiwan ROC. There also were seven student councils. 

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Journals and Publications in 1997–98

A special task force was led by Timothy Brubaker for the purpose of studying the NCFR report to determine whether it should be outsourced and to discuss new and better content to serve practitioners. The report had been given a new mission statement: “To provide timely, useful information to help members succeed in their roles as researchers, educators, and practitioners. Articles to address family field issues, programs, trends including association news.” It was outsourced to a professional editor, Dr. Nancy Gigiere. Robert Milardo, Editor of the Journal of Marriage and the Family (JMF), reported submission of 276 manuscripts with an 11.9% acceptance […]

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Awards in 1997–98

The Reuben Hill Award was given to Benjamin Karnely and Tom Bradbury of the University of California, Los Angeles Vern Bengston of the University of Southern California received the Burgess Award.  The Jessie Bernard Award went to Susan Freidman and Hilary Lipo-Pastatch. The Jessie Bernard Research Proposal Award was given to Susan C. Harris of the University of Southern California.  Peggy Dilworth-Anderson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received the Marie Peters Award. The Ruth Jewson Award was given to Bethany Letique of the University of Maryland.  The Student Award was given to Melody Gage Stone of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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Membership in 1997–98

NCFR experienced increases in all membership categories. The newcomers receptions at the Annual Conferences were popular, and Board members were asked to host each table. Efforts to include newcomers were showing success. Read the March 1998 Newsletter V43 N1 Read the June 1998 Newsletter V43 N2 Read the September 1998 Newsletter V43 N3 Read the December 1998 Newsletter V43 N4

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Structure and Governance in 1997–98

At the April 1998 Board meeting, by a vote of 22 to 1, the Board endorsed a shift in its governance practices to adopt policies based on the John Carver Model of Board Governance. From June 26 to 28, the Board met in retreat at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, to discuss the process of implementing the model. (N.B.: This model was designed to reduce “rubber stamping,” promote proactive approaches, encourage staff freedom, enable the CEO, sharpen Board decisiveness, foster timely response to issues, clarify board and staff roles, emphasize vision and goals, and clarify ends vs. means. Members of the […]

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Leadership in 1997–98

Greer Litton Fox was NCFR President in 1997–1998. Growing up in Kentucky, Greer came from a family of math teachers. She majored in sociology at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, where two of her research projects sparked a lifelong interest in federal correctional institutions and the social contexts of racial prejudice. She was awarded a full Danforth Foundation graduate fellowship and chose to attend the University of Michigan, where she studied sociology, population studies, and demography. She earned a PhD in 1970 and became a professor at Bowling Green State University. Later she taught at the University of Vermont, and then was Associate […]

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CFLE in 1996–97

CFLE reported that 99 applications were received in 1997, including 16 abbreviated forms from graduates of approved academic programs. Retention stood at 97% for both yearly and 5-year renewals. Almost 95% (94.5%) submitted continuing-education credits. Eighteen college and university programs had been approved. Discussion of a more consistent and measurable review process took place. Review committee members included Jim Ponzetti (chair), Lynn Blinn-Pike, Connie Simenson, Sylvia Stalnaker, Tim Brubaker, and Bernita Quoss. In October 1996, the University of Wyoming was the first school to apply and be approved for program approval. Messiah College and Kansas State University were both approved and recognized at the 1996 Annual Conference. The […]

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Sections in 1996–97

Thee EE Section changed the paper review process to increase the quality of reviews. Proposals must have theoretical base, research foundation, and clear application. The EM Section developed a Distinguished Dissertation Award in honor of John McAdoo, for 1997 presentation. The FH Section’s goal was to increase interdisciplinary participation in the section, including medicine and family health physicians. The FP Section continued conducting public policy skills pre-conference workshops, looking at how to translate information for the media. Section members also looked at setting up an internship fund for someone in Washington, DC. The FS Section worked on ethical policies for family scientists. The […]

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