NCFR Recognizes Silvia Bartolic for Excellence in Teaching


The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Silvia K. Bartolic, Ph.D., as the 2021 recipient of the Ernest G. Osborne Award, which is given to an NCFR member who has excelled in teaching Family Science and providing service to families through teaching.

Ernest G. Osborne, the namesake of this award, was a three-time NCFR president and a professor of family at Columbia University. He excelled at innovative teaching methods.

Dr. Bartolic is an associate professor of teaching in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She earned her doctorate in human development and Family Science at the University of Texas at Austin and her master’s degree in family studies at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Bartolic’s educational leadership is focused on developing and promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning and advancing pedagogy and curriculum to assist students in cultivating transferable skills for life beyond the degree. Her research interests center on ways relationships result in health and well-being throughout the life course by examining internal beliefs and motivations, relationship dynamics, as well as larger social contextual factors that are associated with stability and health over time.

Dr. Bartolic was recognized for her achievement during the Awards Ceremony at the 2021 NCFR Annual Conference. Watch the video above to learn more about Dr. Bartolic and this award. 


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