The Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award

This award recognizes a work-family researcher or research team who have/has contributed break-through thinking to the work-family field via theory, measures, and/or data sets that led to expansive application, innovation, and diffusion, including the sharing of research opportunity in the spirit of open science.

Honoring Ellen Galinsky

Ellen Galinsky is the Chief Science Officer/Executive Director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Family Foundation and a senior research advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She remains president of Families and Work Institute and is the author of over 100 books/reports and 300 articles.

While on the faculty of Bank Street College in the 1970s, Galinsky researched/co-authored a book about exemplary child care, founded The Family Center at Bank Street, and conducted studies on interventions to improve the quality of childcare. In the 1980s, she wrote the Six Stages of Parenthood and led studies on parent-professional relationships.

Seeing how important work-life issues are, she helped establish the work-life field in the 1980s, co-founding Families and Work Institute in 1989. Since then, she has directed/co-directed the most comprehensive ongoing studies of the U.S. workforce/workplace as well as an award program, When Work Works, now in all 50 states. In December 2016, these programs became a part of SHRM, which will release nine new reports in 2018-2019.

In 2000, Ellen Galinsky became concerned that far too many young people were dropping out of learning. The resulting research journey led to her book, Mind in the Making. In March 2016, Mind in the Making became a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. It has developed many materials, including Learning Modules now in 20 states/communities and in Head Start.

Award Recipient

2024 Award Recipient: Erin Kelly

Nominator Melissa Milkie writes “Dr. Erin Kelly is the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Work and Organization Studies, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and Co-Director of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. She has had a profound impact on the work and family field through her influential work on schedule control, diversity and equity, and work redesign, and her commitment to bridging the boundaries across research, policy and practice….One stellar contribution of Dr. Kelly’s work is the generative concept of schedule control, dating back from about her time with the Work-Family Health Network. The concept of schedule control includes not only the time of day, but where people work and how much work they do. Moving the idea of flexibility forward to the importance of control for workers’ work and family wellbeing, Dr. Kelly and her collaborators have been pivotal in elevating the concept as a critical topic within the field….Dr. Kelly’s research on work redesign has played a vital role in advancing the discourse on workplace policies and practices, demonstrating through rigorous experimental and multi-method studies that it is indeed feasible to enact meaningful changes to address work-life challenges, reduce overload and burnout, and support overall worker well-being. Her work within the Work-Family Health Network and the award-winning 2020 book “Overload” stand as a testament to her commitment to building guiding work redesign studies, setting a standard for future research in the field….As part of the WFRN, Dr. Kelly has made important data sets, protocols, and measures available to other scholars: https://workfamilyhealthnetwork.org/data. The provision of important data sets, protocols, and measures through the Work-Family Health Network showcases her commitment to advancing collective knowledge within the academic community. Dr. Kelly has actively contributed to the generativity of work-family research into the public policy and practitioner setting. She has actively engaged with corporate and policy audiences, influencing workplace mental health and well-being frameworks. Dr. Kelly has a stellar research-for-action or research-to-practice project, which was cited repeatedly within the US Surgeon General’s framework for Workplace Mental Health and Wellbeing. The Employer Toolkit tries to provide inspiration and guidance for employers of all sizes that want to consider work redesign approaches, including profiling research-based workplace changes focused on scheduling flexibility, scheduling predictability or stability, streamlining work to reduce the risk of burnout and work-family time strain, and increasing supervisors’ support for family and personal life.”  The WFRN is honored to recognize the profound impact that Dr. Kelly has had on the work-family area of inquiry.

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