Congratulations to the Work and Family Researchers Network Award Recipients.  Appreciation is extended to WFRN Board Member Clare Kelliher for managing this year’s award selection processes and to committee members Tammy Allen, Leslie Hammer, Vanessa Conzon, Edie Goldberg, Mark Blankenship, and the WFRN Board for their work determining this year’s awards.

The Kathleen Christensen Dissertation Award

2024 Award Recipient: Tania Hutt

Nominator Kate Weisshaar writes: “Dr. Tania Hutt received her PhD in June 2023 in the Sociology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Dr. Hutt’s dissertation, titled “A New Dimension of the Motherhood Penalty: Perceptions of Future Childbearing Risk,” proposes that our understanding of motherhood should be broadened to include perceptions of potential motherhood, in addition to current motherhood. This conceptualization has important implications for how we consider gender inequality in the labor market and within employment settings. Through a series of rigorous and highly innovative empirical studies, including two survey experiments, an audit study of employers, and in-depth interviews with mothers and employers, Dr. Hutt illustrates how employers’ anticipation of women becoming future mothers creates a unique form of inequality that is not solely related to gender or current parental status.” The Work and Family Researchers Network and the Society for Human Resource Management are honored to recognize the exceptional work of this recent doctoral recipient.

2024 Honorable Mention: Victoria Daniel

Nominator Yujie (Jessie) Zhan writes: “In addressing her doctoral dissertation “The Hidden Side of Work‐Family Boundary Management: Uncovering the Role of Cognitive Boundary Work and Boundary Context Questions, Dr. Daniel developed a theoretical model explaining how cognitive boundary work unfolds and how it relates to different performance and well-being outcomes for individual employees. In doing so, her dissertation studies are among the first to start bridging some important gaps in the work-family boundary literature. To address her research questions, Dr. Daniel conducted a qualitative study and three quantitative survey studies using different designs. Dr. Daniel analyzed data from two sources, posts from online discussion boards and text responses from open-ended survey questions, following a grounded theory approach. Through this inductive study, she identified four components of cognitive boundary work, including anticipating boundary needs, boundary planning, regulating boundary implementation, and adapting boundaries. She also identified the critical role of boundary context that shapes boundaries and impacts the amount of cognitive boundary work.” The Work and Family Researchers Network and the Society for Human Resource Management are honored to recognize the exceptional work of this recent doctoral recipient.

The Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award

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: 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.

WFRN Lifetime Achievement Award

2024 Award Co-Recipient: Jeffrey Greenhaus

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

Nominator Tammy Allen writes “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.

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.

Nominator Stephen Sweet writes “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.