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Simon receives award from American Sociological Association

Robin Simon

An article written by Professor of Sociology Robin Simon and two other researchers has been selected for the 2017 Award for Best Article, Family Section of the American Sociological Association. The award will be presented to them in August at the 2017 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association in Montreal.

The title of the article is “Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” It was published in the American Journal of Sociology.  Her fellow researchers included lead author Jennifer Glass of the University of Texas at Austin and Matthew Andersson of Baylor University.  The collaborative project received a National Science Foundation grant.

Last year, the Communications and External Relations Office published a story about the project.  CER staff member Cheryl Walker wrote that the researchers looked at adults with and without children in the United States and other countries to better understand why American parents report lower levels of happiness than non-parents.

“The researchers found that the ‘happiness penalty’ for parents varies substantially from country to country and is not found in places with parent-friendly policies,” Walker wrote.

In a briefing summarizing the findings last year, Simon and her colleagues wrote that “The negative effects of parenthood on happiness were entirely explained by the presence or absence of social policies allowing parents to better combine paid work with family obligations.”

The research attracted substantial attention from national news media last year, including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post.  North Carolina coverage included a story by UNC-TV.  It is also included in research snapshots on the newly designed homepage.

Gladding named president of marriage/family counselors group

Professor of Counseling Sam Gladding has been elected president of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The presidency is a two-year term beginning July 1, 2018. Gladding becomes president elect July 1, 2017.

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA)

IAMFC promotes excellence in the practice of couples and family counseling by:

  • Creating and disseminating first-class publications and media products, e.g., an international journal in family counseling, The Family Journal;
  • Providing a forum for exploration of family-related issues –including an annual workshop in England
  •  Offering a national/international family counseling & therapy certification through the National Credentialing Academy (NCA);  and
  • Providing a professional set of ethical standards for working with couples and families.

Gladding is a past president of the American Counseling Association and a past chair of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Wake Forest, in addition to receiving a master’s degree at Yale University and a doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He joined Wake Forest’s faculty in 1990 and has also served in administrative positions, including associate provost and assistant to the president for special projects.

McCauley named assistant director for STEM initiatives

This is a guest post from Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

Anita McCauley has been named Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives with the Teaching and Learning Collaborative.

McCauley graduated from Wake Forest with a degree in neurobiology. She started her career as the director of microscopy, a position she held for 10 years and has been teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses on the Reynolda and Medical Center campuses since 1998.

McCauley will work with faculty across the campus to enhance teaching and learning in STEM classes.

Staff Appreciation Picnic to be held June 6 at BB&T Field

The 2017 Staff Appreciation Picnic will be held June 6 at BB&T Field.  Called “Tailgate at McCreary Tower,” the event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Staff Appreciation Picnic 2016

The Staff Advisory Council and the Office of Wellbeing invite all staff members to attend.

On the menu will be: burgers, hot dogs, wings, pulled pork, veggie burgers, salads, desserts and more.

A number of games, including lawn games, are planned.

In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, the Staff Advisory Council is also sponsoring a book drive on behalf of Mineral Springs Elementary School.  New or gently used children’s books are requested.

Shuttles will run from Reynolda Campus, Graylyn and the University Corporate Center to BB&T Field for those wanting to catch a ride.  Shuttle stops include the following:

–In front of Benson University Center
–Bus shelter at Lot W1 (at corner of Wake Forest Road and Carroll Weathers Drive)
–Behind Graylyn Center
–In front of University Corporate Center.

Parking will be available in the Gold Lot at BB&T Field.

Proposals funded: Clark, Chapman, Thonhauser

Congratulations to Sherri Lawson Clark, assistant professor of anthropology, whose proposal has been funded by Family Services Inc.  The proposal is entitled “PROJECT EVALUATOR FOR THE FAMILY SUCCESS COLLABORATIVE And Ethnographic Application of the Poverty of Resources Model.”

Congratulations to Eric Chapman, manager of instructional resources in the Department of Physics, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH Academy” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Congratulations to Timo Thonhauser, associate professor of physics, whose proposal entitled “Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and by (subaward/subcontract from) University of Texas at Dallas (WFU funding agency).

Conference dedicated to Prince to feature Jenny Pyke

The world’s first academic conference dedicated solely to musical icon Prince will feature a presentation by Jenny Pyke, assistant teaching professor of English.

Pyke’s presentation is entitled ‘Take Me with You’: Prince and the Musical Space of Female Sexual Desire.” It will be part of the three-day conference May 24-26 at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

The university’s School of Arts and Media is hosting “Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince.” The university’s partner in the event is the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

Sixty academics from around the world are expected to discuss the lasting impact Prince has had on popular culture. Also, Dez Dickerson, who sang backing vocals and played guitar in Prince’s original band, The Revolution, will also speak at the conference.

“This talk will look at the way many music journalists commemorated sexuality itself in remembering Prince after his death, from personal awakenings to cultural reverberations,” according to Pyke.

A selection of the lectures, panel discussions and presentations will be available to watch during the event via the University’s YouTube channel.

For more information on the conference, visit this site.

Proposals funded: Gross, Marsh, Rejeski

Congratulations to Michael Gross, assistant professor of chemistry, whose proposal entitled “CAREER: Processing High Surface Area, Nanostructured Scaffolds at High Temperatures vis In-Situ Carbon Templating of Hybrid Materials” has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Congratulations to Jack Rejeski, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subaward/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Congratulations to Anthony P. Marsh, professor of health and exercise science, whose proposal entitled “Pepper Center Clinical Research Core” has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and by (subawar/subcontract from) Wake Forest University Health Sciences (WFU funding agency).

Faculty books: April 2017 report

Note: These books were not published in April, but their publication become known to Z. Smith Reynolds Library in April.

Newman, Joel S. (Law). A Short & Happy Guide to Federal Income Taxation. West Academic. February 2017.

Von Burg, Ron, Ed. (Communication). Dialogues in Argumentation (Windsor Studies in Argumentation, Vol. 3). Windsor Studies in Argumentation, University of Windsor. November 2016.

Proposals funded: King, Messier, Ross,

Congratulations to Angela King, teaching professor, Department of Chemistry, whose proposal entitled “Project SEARCH” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Congratulations to Stephen Messier, professor, Department of Health and Exercise Science, whose proposal entitled “Strength training and running study (STARS)” has been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Congratulations to James Ross, assistant professor of the practice, Department of Health and Exercise Science, whose proposal entitled “Northwest AHEC Project SEARCH (Student Education, Awareness, and Recruitment for Careers in Health) HES (Cayuse 17-0102)” has been funded by the Northwest AHEC.

Newly-selected College Faculty Fellows announced

The Dean’s Office Digest, an electronic newsletter distributed by the Dean of the College, recently announced the newly-named College Faculty Fellows:

The Wake Forest College Faculty Fellowships honor our exemplary teacher-scholars and teaching professors. This year’s nominees have distinguished themselves as dedicated and successful teachers and mentors in their disciplines. They are all outstanding citizens of our College community. The Dean of the College appreciates the time and detail that Chairs gave to the nomination letters.

Newly-named Fellows:

  • Katy Lack, assistant teaching professor, biology, Bryant/Groves Faculty Fellowship
  • Jennifer Priem, assistant professor, communication, Zachary T. Smith Professorship
  • Amanda Griffith, associate professor, economics, Ollen R. Nalley Faculty Fellowship
  • John Dalton, associate professor, economics, F.M. Kirby Family Faculty Fellowship
  • Melissa Jenkins, associate professor, English, McCulloch Family Fellowship
  • Ryan Shirey, assistant professor, English, Wright Family Fellowship
  • Ben Coates, assistant professor, history, Stroupe Faculty Fellowship
  • Qiong Zhang, associate professor, history, Stroupe Faculty Fellowship
  • Staci Hepler, assistant professor, mathematics and statistics, AT&T Faculty Fund Fellowship
  • Sarah Raynor, associate professor, mathematics and statistics, Shively Family Faculty Fellowship
  • John Petrocelli, associate professor, psychology, Scott Family Faculty Fellowship
  • Wayne Pratt, associate professor, psychology, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellowship