WFRN Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes extraordinary scholars who have made enduring contributions to the work-family community.  The award is selected by the Executive Board of the WFRN.

2024 Award Co-Recipient: Jeffrey Greenhaus

The WFRN is delighted to recognize Jeffrey Greenhaus as co-recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Without a doubt, Dr. Greenhaus is an extraordinary scholar. With 96 peer-reviewed journal publications, 11 books, and 41 book chapters, he has been a profoundly important contributor to the work-family literature for over four decades. Moreover, his work has been published in the very best journals in the field (e.g., Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior).

Most importantly, Jeff’s work has played a major role in shaping the field of work and family research itself.  An important example is his ground-breaking 1985 Academy of Management Review article on sources of conflict between work and family roles. This article established the foundation for the study of work-family conflict and is likely the most frequently cited article on work and family in the literature. According to Google Scholar, this article alone has been cited over 14,000 times. Not only has his research shaped the foundation for work-family conflict research upon which we could all build, his 2006 Academy of Management Review article on work-family enrichment has done the same for research on the positive interdependency between work and family roles (cited over 5500 times!).

Jeff has also made substantial contributions to work-family scholarship through his books.  These monographs include Career Management for Life, now in its fifth edition (Routledge, 2019), Work and Family: Allies or Enemies? (Oxford University Press, 2000), Making Work and Family Work: From Hard Choices to Smart Choices (Routledge, 2017), and Advanced Introduction to Sustainable Careers (Elgar, 2022). He has also co-edited Integrating Work and Family: Challenges and Choices for a Changing World (Greenwood Publishing, 1997), the Encyclopedia of Career Development (Sage, 2006), and Expanding the Boundaries of Work-Family Research: A Vision for the Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). As a result of their cumulative contributions to the field, Jeff, along with collaborator and close friend Gary Powell, were inaugural recipients of the Ellen Galinsky Generative Research Award at the 2018 WFRN conference.

Jeff is currently attempting to integrate the work-family literature with his long-term interest in career management. Building on his 2014 article with Ellen Kossek on “The contemporary career: A work-home perspective” (Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior), he is working with Gerry Callanan and Gary Powell on identifying the theoretical mechanisms by which individuals’ home life affects the sustainability of their career.

Nominator Tammy Allen succinctly captures his contributions, writing “the quality and programmatic impact of Dr. Greenhaus’ work is second to none in the field of work and family.”

2024 Award Co-Recipient: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

The WFRN is delighted to recognize Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth as co-recipient of the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth has provided important insights in understandings of work-family concerns in military careers. Many of her studies were among the first conducted of families during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. For example, her team conducted the first nationally representative study of young children exposed to parental deployment, which revealed that boys born during deployments have significantly more peer difficulties than other boys six years later. Over her career, Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth has garnered over $80 million in funding, including sustained funding for the Military Family Research Institute, which she co-founded and directs, through approximately 100 grants for research, outreach and engagement from the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Institutes of Health, as well as state government, private philanthropic organizations, and corporations. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth’s research portfolio is impressive, with over 120 refereed articles in leading journals, over 40 book chapters, and 10 authored or edited books.

A second overarching area of contribution is Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth’s scholarship on the links between workplace conditions and family functioning. Her research has significantly advanced knowledge about the impact of workplace characteristics, policies, and practices on workers and their families. In particular, she has studied how work environments impact worker well-being and family relationships, including relationships between spouses and between parents and children. Her prominence in the field was confirmed by her designation as one of the Top 10 Extraordinary Contributors to WorkFamily Research in the world through a research-based study.

One of the most enduring and important contributions Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth has made to the work-family community is the highly visible recognition given to the research of other scholars, which speaks volumes to her commitment to the concerns central to the WFRN. In 1999, in partnership with the Boston College Center for Work and Family, Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth created the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, an international award for the best study published in the peer-reviewed scientific press each year. Each year, the award competition recognizes the winner, finalists, and nominees for the award. Over the 25 years of its existence, over 300 articles with over 800 authors have been recognized.

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