Research and Theory Section Update

Kari Adamsons, Ph.D., Section Chair
/ Summer 2019 NCFR Report

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It might be a quiet time of year, but the Research and Theory (RT) Section has lots going on these days! For starters, by the time you receive this, program planning for the NCFR 2019 Annual Conference will be almost complete. Judging from the 100-plus submissions that the RT Section received, it looks like we will once again have a vibrant selection of offerings at the conference. A huge thanks to everyone who conducted reviews; our conference program wouldn’t be possible without you!

A few additional updates:

  • We added a new position to the RT Executive Board this year, Communication Specialist. This is someone who can promote the “presence” of RT within (and outside) NCFR. We are looking forward to increased energy around the section with the addition of this position.
  • Budget and award updates—We made some changes to some of our awards to put RT in a better financial position moving forward:
    • The Reuben Hill Award and Ernest W. Burgess Award were both changed to be $750 cash awards, instead of $1,000 cash awards and travel awards of $750. The frequency of the awards will remain the same: Hill is awarded annually, and Burgess in even years (e.g., 2018, 2020)
    • TCRM will cosponsor the Hill award, given that Reuben Hill founded TCRM and there are also strong ties with the spirit of the award (best article combining research and theory).
    • RT will cosponsor the Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research (journal articles or book chapters).
  • We plan to use our section meeting time in 2019 to have some sort of panel or roundtable discussions of “real-time issues.” Because the program is planned so far in advance out of necessity and includes research conducted well before that, it would be nice to have some space to talk about “just-in-time” issues that come up around the time of the conference and/or relate to the communities around the location of the conference (as you know, this year we are in Fort Worth, Texas), and we definitely have the expertise within our section to do so. Therefore, a month or two before the conference, I will solicit ideas for current topics that are of interest and for RT members (or others we could invite) to talk about those topics through a research (particularly methods) and theory lens. One example: looking at ways of recruiting samples from immigrant populations as a lens on the current immigration issue. So keep an eye on current happenings in the next few months and be thinking of what format we would like to have and how we might tie it to the Fort Worth community as well. 
  • The Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies project is moving along! Primary chapters are undergoing revisions, and application pieces are in the works. We still plan to debut the sourcebook in Fall 2020, which is quickly approaching!

Thanks everyone for your continued support of the RT section and if you have questions or comments on this or anything else RT related, feel free to email me at [email protected], or to find me at the conference in November to chat!