Fall 2016 Students and New Professionals (SNP) Update

Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D., SNP Program Chair

The NCFR Annual Conference in November is going to be a great one for all attendees, but in my humble opinion, it will be a really great one for Students and New Professionals (SNPs)! This year's conference theme, "Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century," is perfect for the field of Family Science, as we are often ahead of the curve in conducting and disseminating research beyond academia and truly trying to make a difference at local, national, and international levels.

To complement this year's program, NCFR's SNPs are sponsoring and cosponsoring a number of sessions that are bound to inspire about the future of the field and what we can accomplish. For example, please join us Saturday morning for an extended session on social justice in the academy and taking a practitioner–activist approach in your career. SNPs also are cosponsoring, along with many other sessions, the Inclusion and Diversity Committee's special session, "Social Justice Strategies to Address the Elephant in the Classroom or the Family Room: Race and Racism in America."

Here are a few of the other highlights in this year's conference program specifically for SNPs:

  • "So You Got Tenure: Now What?" for the academic new professionals and students who are really planning ahead. Wednesday, session 124
  • "What Can You Do With Your Family Science Degree? Career Plans and Speed Mentoring." Thursday, session 241
  • "Imposter Syndrome Is Not Just for Students and New Professionals: NCFR Leaders Share Their Experiences and Tips." Friday, session 316
  • "Hot Topics in Academia," which will include lightning papers on a variety of professional development, teaching, and advocacy topics. Friday, session 322

Stay tuned for more detailed updates as we get closer to the conference!