Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth Elected to NCFR Board of Directors


SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA The National Council on Family Relations’ (NCFR) membership has elected Shelley M. MacDermid Wadsworth, Ph.D., CFLE, as a new member-at-large on the NCFR Board of Directors. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she also directs the Military Family Research Institute and the Center for Families.

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth was named an NCFR Fellow in 2005 and is the 2018 recipient of the Felix Berardo Scholarship Award for Mentoring. She served as program chair for the 2015 NCFR Annual Conference; chair of the Research and Theory Section; and chair of the Feminism and Family Studies Section. She has been an NCFR member for 35 years.

“I have a longstanding interest in helping organizations to function well, which has been a focus of my research and past service to NCFR.” Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth wrote in her candidate statement. “I will draw on my experiences as a center director to contribute to NCFR efforts to create and implement vibrant initiatives, including innovations to the annual conference, new media initiatives, and ways to promote the contributions of NCFR members.”

Dr. MacDermid Wadsworthand the other newly elected board members will assume their roles at the 2020 NCFR Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, planned for Nov. 11-14.


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