Discovering Leadership and Service Possibilities Within NCFR

February 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm
Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $94 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs / Become a member


Filling a leadership role with NCFR can develop both personal and professional skills. For example, the resulting networking opportunities can help achieve future career goals while being a part of the decision-making processes can help keep one aware of developments in the Family Science discipline. Serving in a leadership position is also mutually beneficial; the viability of our organization is predicated on the voices of our diverse membership being represented. Yet sometimes there is a lack of awareness regarding the prerequisites required for filling NCFR leadership roles and—for those new to the organization—an uncertainty about how to even get involved.

This webinar (free for NCFR members and CFLEs) will share the value of being a leader with NCFR and describe the opportunities available for all members to serve, whether they are students, new professionals, senior scholars, or practitioners. The presenters will highlight the importance of the nomination/self-nomination process, provide an overview of leadership positions and discuss pathways to leadership for those interested in serving in the organization. Members of the NCFR Elections Council will also be present to answer any additional questions.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Describe the value of having a diverse range of individuals serving in leadership positions in NCFR;
  • Determine the leadership positions that are suitable for self or others; and
  • Be able to nominate oneself or others for leadership positions in NCFR.


About the Presenters

Ani Yazedjian, Ph.D., currently serves as associate provost at Illinois State University. Dr. Yazedjian has been active in NCFR since 1999 and has held a number of elected positions in the Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Families Section. She most recently completed her term as co-chair of the Elections Council. Over the last two decades, Dr. Yazedjian has been committed to creating inclusive and equitable environments for students, faculty, and staff. The last three years, she worked with other members of the Elections Council to advocate for piloting a ranked choice voting strategy to ensure a more equitable election process. This webinar is another example of the collective efforts of the Elections Council to expand all NCFR members’ awareness of the qualifications desired for different elected positions and to encourage a more diverse pool of candidates to pursue leadership opportunities within the organization.

Cassandra Dorius, Ph.D., is an associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. She has been active in NCFR for 15 years and recently completed her term as co-chair of the Elections Council where she worked to improve transparency, diversity, and equity in our elections process. Dr. Dorius’ research focuses on translating scholarship into practice through a broad range of state and national collaborations centered on data quality, community outreach, and evidence-based policy-making. Dorius co-founded and co-directs Iowa’s Integrated Data System for Decision Making (, the Public Science Collaborative, and Iowa State’s Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program ( Across these efforts, she works with leaders from Iowa’s Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, Management, Workforce, and Human Rights to advance policies that improve the lives of vulnerable children and their families, connect residents to the state’s formal and informal systems of care (, and help local communities identity and solve pressing problems with their own data.

On-Demand Webinar Recording

Unable to attend the live webinar? Your registration will grant you access to watch the recording at your convenienceThis webinar is now free for NCFR members and Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs), and $94 for nonmembers and non-CFLEs.

Classroom Use

Webinars are a great resource to use in the classroom. Classroom and departmental use licenses allow faculty members to share the video in class or embed the video in their online learning management system. Departmental use licenses allow more than on faculty member to use the webinar in their class. We request that links or downloads are not shared with students.

License for classroom use by one professor is available for $141 for NCFR members, $215 for nonmembers.

License for departmental use (multiple professors) is available for $194 for NCFR members, $341 for nonmembers.

Departmental license for CFLE-approved programs is $167.

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