Mark Fine Named Next Editor of NCFR’s Journal of Family Theory & Review




SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA — The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is delighted to announce that Mark A. Fine, Ph.D. has been named the new editor of the Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR), one of NCFR’s three leading research journals on families. He will begin his four-year term as editor of the peer-reviewed, quarterly journal — which publishes original contributions in all areas of family theory — with the publication of its March 2019 issue.

“[Dr.] Fine is one of the giants in the interdisciplinary family field,” wrote Katherine R. Allen, Ph.D. in her nomination letter. “A prolific and generous scholar, administrator, and practitioner, he has superior academic, leadership, editorial, and interpersonal skills. Whether in public, in print, or in private, he brings experience, wisdom, intelligence, sensitivity, and justice to each encounter.”

Dr. Fine will succeed current JFTR Editor Libby Balter Blume, Ph.D., of the University of Detroit Mercy.

Since 2011 Dr. Fine has been the professor and chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His scholarly output includes 11 books, 53 book chapters, and currently, more than 135 refereed journal articles. Dr. Fine completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Ohio State University.

Dr. Fine has been a member of NCFR since 1985 and was selected as an NCFR Fellow in 2000. He has served extensively in editorial roles for NCFR journals and other leading social science journals. He was the editor of what is now Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science (FR) from 1993-1996 and currently serves on the editorial boards of Family Relations and Journal of Family Theory & Review.

Robert M. Milardo, Ph.D., who was the founding editor of JFTR, noted in his nomination letter that Dr. Fine’s tenure on the JFTR editorial board since its inception is a “strong asset” that would enable him to “build upon the journal’s past and current strengths.” Dr. Milardo concluded by writing of Dr. Fine “I cannot imagine an applicant better positioned to assume the role of editor of JFTR or one with a broader array of direct experience in developing and managing a leading journal.”

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