NCFR Recognizes Farrell J. Webb for Distinguished Scholarship

Farrell J. Webb

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Farrell J. Webb, Ph.D., as the 2019 recipient of the Marie F. Peters Award, which is given to an NCFR member who made significant contributions to the area of ethnic minority families.

Dr. Webb has a master’s degree in social psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a master of philosophy from New York University. He earned his Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Webb’s research focuses on health disparities, race and ethnic relations, poverty, inequality, HIV/AIDS and their overall effects on well-being. Dr. Webb has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in professional journals, numerous book chapters, and has made more than 100 conference and other academic presentations. He has well over $7 million dollars in his personal grant portfolio as principal investigator and has participated in at least $20 million dollars of funded research activity in other roles.

Dr. Webb spent more than 19 years at Kansas State University in the School of Family Studies and Human Services. He also served as the director of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program and the Developing Scholars Program—an outstanding research and academic program aimed at providing academic opportunities to underrepresented students. During his tenure the program had a 98% four-year graduation rate over the span of 10 years. In addition, Dr. Webb has served as the major professor directing over 25 doctoral dissertations, and 75 master’s theses along with serving on numerous student doctoral and master’s committees. Dr. Webb has been a champion for faculty as well as students. He spent three years in the Office of the Provost as Kansas State University’s ombudsman honing his skills.

Dr. Webb won the 2017 Distinguished Alumni award, from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He was recognized for his consistent contribution to the field and his dedication to students by promoting their success at all levels. While at Kansas State University, Dr. Webb had the honor of earning 5 distinct awards for teaching, service to students with disabilities, mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students of color, special service for women in sciences and the Golden Key for scholarship and service to students. He has also taught at New York University, City University of New York (CUNY), and Bloomfield College. Dr. Webb is now dean of the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Northridge, where he continues to mentor students and faculty alike.

At NCFR, Dr. Webb has served as the chair, and secretary/treasurer of the Ethnic Minorities Section. He has also been an associate editor of Journal of Marriage and Family, and a reviewer for Family Relations.

Dr. Webb will be recognized for his achievement at the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Marie F. Peters, the namesake of this award, was a distinguished scholar, researcher, practitioner, and mentor, as well as an illustrious member of NCFR, a board member, and an Ethnic Minorities Section leader.

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