CFLE in the News

/ CFLE Network, Fall 2018

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Yan Ruth Xia receives Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award

Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D., CFLE, is the recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for 2018–2019. This prestigious award is given to scholars with an extensive publication and teaching history and will provide Dr. Xia with a grant to conduct research and teach in China during the fall and spring semesters of 2018–2019.


New MFLN Newsletter

Ellie McCann, M.S., CFLE, is part of a team of professionals behind the new Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) newsletter, Family Transitions. This free newsletter provides education, resources, and engagement opportunities for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. MFLN is a collaboration among the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Cooperative Extension. Subscribe at


Parent Education and Family Life Education Policy Brief

Glen Palm, Ph.D., CFLE, and Betty Cooke, Ph.D., CFLE, have co-authored NCFR’s latest policy brief: Parent Education and Family Life Education: A Critical Link in Early Childhood Education Policy. The brief reviews early childhood education policy, along with research on the role and effectiveness of parent education and Family Life Education. Recommendations emphasize the importance of two-generation early childhood education programs focused on both young children and their parents. A continuum-of-services model is presented that acknowledges the diversity of parent education and family needs based on social location.


CFLE-Approved Academic Programs—Newly Approved and Renewed

NCFR is pleased to announce the first-time CFLE approval of three programs: University of North Texas at Dallas, Child Development and Family Studies undergraduate program; the Concordia University Wisconsin, Family Life graduate program; and the Bridgewater College undergraduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Additionally, six programs were renewed for an additional 5 years period. These include American Public University Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate, Central Washington University Family & Child Life – Family Science Specialization undergraduate, Kent State University undergraduate and graduate programs in Human Development and Family Studies, Oklahoma State University Human Development and Family Science undergraduate, and the Southeast Missouri State University undergraduate Family Studies Option.


CFLEs Elected to NCFR Leadership Positions

Ten CFLEs were elected to serve in the following NCFR offices beginning in November 2018. Spencer Olmstead, Ph.D., CFLE, and Elise Radina, Ph.D., CFLE, were elected to the Fellows Committee and J. Kale Monk, Ph.D., CFLE, as Students & New Professionals Program Co-Representative. Newly elected Section Officers include Scott Tobias, Ph.D., CFLE, Chair-Elect and Jaimee L. Hartenstein, Ph.D., CFLE, Secretary/Treasurer, for the Advancing Family Science Section; Sarah Kuborn, CFLE, Students and New Professionals Representative for the Education and Enrichment Section; Anthony G. James, Ph.D., CFLE, Chair-Elect, Sarai Coba-Rodriguez, Ph.D., CFLE, and Jen Duncan, CFLE, Students and New Professionals Representatives for the Ethnic Minorities Section; Amber J. Seidel, Ph.D., CFLE, Chair-Elect, Erin Yelland, Ph.D., CFLE, Secretary/Treasurer, and Sarah Feeney, Ph.D., CFLE, Communications Specialist for the Families and Health Section. Congratulations CFLEs!


2018 NCFR-Sponsored and Section-Sponsored Award Recipients

Five CFLEs received NCFR and Section-Sponsored awards. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., CFLE, received the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring and Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D., CFLE, and Ted G. Futris, PhD, CFLE, received the Margaret E. Arcus Outstanding Family Life Educator Award. NCFR Section-sponsored award winners included Saria Coba-Rodriguez, Ph.D., CFLE, Ethnic Minorities Section’s New Professional Best Paper Award, and Rochelle L. Dalla, Ph.D., CFLE, and J. Kale Monk, Ph.D., CFLE, were recognized by the Families and Health Section for Outstanding Professional Paper/Publications Award and, for Outstanding Student and New Professional Paper Award respectively. See all award recipients.