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K-State Today

July 9, 2013



Park and Riforgiate selected for Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program Award

By Sarah Riforgiate

Riforgiate on left and Park on right

Two Kansas State University assistant professors, YoungAh Park in psychology and Sarah Riforgiate in communication studies, have been selected as award recipients for the 2013-2014 Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program.

The goal of the program is to provide support for recent doctoral recipients in order to advance their research, teaching and long-term career prospects. By offering networked resources and consultation, the initiative helps promising young scholars move into tenured appointments and secure senior level positions, as well as engage them with the work-family community of scholars.

All participants in the Early Career Scholars Program receive travel funding to the 2014 conference of the Work and Family Researchers Network, which will also include a preconference to serve the interests of this program. In addition, the program will provide a variety of services, including career development workshops, peer reviews of manuscripts and periodic teleconferences on issues of concern identified by the program participants.

In 2013, 62 recent doctoral recipients applied for the program, and 15 were selected. These scholars represent the fields of sociology, psychology, management, organizational studies, social work and communication studies. Their interests share in common a concern of identifying connections and consequences of work and family arrangements. Their individual interests address a wide variety of topics that include transnational work, inequality, aging, leadership, job insecurity, household division of labor, strain, technology, social networks and identity formation.

Other award recipients include: Erin Cech, Rice University; Eunae Cho, SUNY Albany; Christina Costa, Boston College; Sue Epstein, SUNY Empire State College; Lena Hipp, WZB Berlin Social Research Center; Sibyl Kleiner, University of Texas at Dallas; Kendra Knight, Christopher-Newport University; Lauren Murphy, Harvard School of Public Health; Jessi Streib, Duke University; Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon, Mount Royal University; Lindsey Trimble, Stanford University; Shellae Versey, Rutgers University; and Amy Way, Villanova University.