CFLE in the News

/ CFLE Network, Summer 2018

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CFLE Emeritus Status

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Emeritus status has been awarded to CFLEs Marilyn J. Flick, M.S., Dana R. McDermott, Ph.D., and Sherod Miller, Ph.D., in recognition of their significant contributions to the field of Family Life Education. 

Marilyn was chair of the Applied and Fine Arts/PE/Health Department, and a longtime teacher at North Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon. Dana was an associate professor at the School of New Learning at DePaul University (2002–2014), where she designed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in parenting education. Sherod, a family sociologist and social psychologist, is CEO of Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc. He focuses his efforts on developing training programs and the accompanying materials. Most notable is the revised Couple Communication program and the Core Communication and Collaborative Team Skill programs.

CFLEs Receive Awards

Several CFLEs received awards for their efforts in academia: Spencer B. Olmstead, Ph.D., CFLE, received the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Chang Su-Russell, M.A., CFLE, received the 2018 Donald K. Anderson Award for Graduate Teaching from the University of Missouri, and Julie Leventhal, M.S., CFLE, was selected as a recipient of the Fessor Graham Award for 2018 at the University of North Texas in recognition of her outstanding and unselfish service to students.

Berge to Serve as Director

The University of Minnesota Medical School is happy to announce that Jerica Berge, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT, CFLE, will serve as Director of the new Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS). Dr. Berge is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. CWIMS will be dedicated to career development, leadership development, recruitment and retention, salary and other resource equity, culture and environment, and work–life balance for women faculty.

NCFR and CFLE Represented at UN

Two NCFR members presented at the 2018 United Nations International Day of Families. Mihaela Robilla, Ph.D., CFLE, gave presentations on refugees and social integration. She was also an invited panelist during a U.N. roundtable discussion on the results of a global research project on families in which she participated. Yan Ruth Xia, Ph.D., CFLE, moderated an international panel of experts and also gave a presentation during another session.

CFLE-Approved Academic Programs—Newly Approved and Renewed

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is pleased to announce the first-time CFLE approval of two graduate programs: University of Southern MississippiChild & Family Studies, and Wilmington UniversityApplied Family Studies.

Additionally, eight programs were renewed for an additional 5 years. At the undergraduate level, these include Arizona Christian UniversityFamily Studies; Harding UniversityFamily Life Education; Michigan State UniversityHuman Development & Family Studies; Montana State UniversityBozemanHuman Development and Family Science; University of Central OklahomaFamily Life Education; University of New HampshireHuman Development & Family Studies; and Warner Pacific UniversityHuman Development & Family Studies. At the graduate level, University of Central Oklahoma renewed its Family & Child Studies program.