WFRN Virtual Conference Session: Innovations in the Work-Family Virtual Classroom
May 21, 2021 - May 21, 2021
Virtual Via Zoom

Innovations in the Work-Family Virtual Classroom

WFRN Virtual Conference Session

May 21st

2:00pm to 3:30pm GMT

(10:00am New York, US; 3:00pm London, UK; 11:00pm Tokyo, Japan)

The Covid-19 pandemic significantly has altered how faculty around the globe connect with students about work-family debates, issues, and challenges. Unexpectedly, teachers of work-life studies themselves became remote workers. For many, the sudden shift to online learning came with adjustments and difficulties as well as opportunities to engage anew about the nexus between work and family. Faculty and students alike have had to adjust to different instructional technologies and strategies all in the midst of global uncertainty. As educators and institutions of higher education look to their futures, it is essential to pause and ask:

How has the Covid-19 pandemic created pedagogical opportunities, innovations as well as trials in teaching work-family issues?

And, how can we effectively take what we’ve learned from this unexpected global event into the work-family classroom of the future?

This WFRN Virtual Conference Session will be an interactive event with a panel discussion and breakout group idea-sharing conversations. First, panel members will discuss the ways that the pandemic created opportunities and challenges in engaging students about work-life issues. Panel members will share reflections, memorable teaching moments, new course designs and/or content, along with activities and assignments. After a 50-minute panel discussion and Q&A, session attendees will spend 15 minutes in breakout groups to share their own teaching ideas, followed by a brief reporting back of small group discussion and a look to the future. Finally, attendees will discuss ways to continue to build the WFRN as a resource for teaching for scholars across the globe.


Samantha Ammons, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha

Matthew Weinshenker, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Fordham University

Lisa M. Stewart, PhD, MSW

  • Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
  • California State University, Monterey Bay=

Brad Harrington , PhD

  • Executive Director and Research Professor
  • Boston College Center for Work & Family


Caryn Medved, PhD

  • Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Communication Studies
  • Baruch College, City University of New York
  • WFRN, Teaching Specialist


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We hope to see you there!