Joan Aldous was NCFR's 43rd President from 1985-86. She is the William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1963. Her research interests include variations in active fathering and their reasons, and consequences for children of fathers' care. Her other areas include family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families and inter-generational relationships. In 1987 she received the Ruth Hoeflin Scholar at Kansas State University. She also taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. Professor Aldous received the Ernest W. Burgess Award for her theory and research contributions in family sociology, and has been an elected member of the Council of American, Sociological Association. In addition to receiving research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation, she won a Graduate School Award from the University of Notre Dame for teaching and scholarship. She is the author of over 50 published articles as well as two books, and is the editor or co-editor of three other books. She has also served on the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health review panels as well as on the Sociology Panel of the GRE for Educational Testing Services. As NCFR president, Dr. Aldous had two goals: 1) to involve more NCFR members in the organization’s activities, and 2) to get NCFR on firm financial footing.