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NCFR Weekly Zippy News

April 24, 2019

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  1. May 1 Deadline for NCFR Award Nominations
  2. Advances in Moderation Analysis: An Introduction to Mixture Regression
  3. Member News: President's Awards at Texas Tech
  4. What’s Next in Digital Scholarship for the Journal of Family Theory & Review
  5. Impact of 2020 Census Citizenship Question on Social Science Research
  6. Put Your Organization Front and Center at NCFR 2019
  7. 90% of U.S. Teens Killed by an Intimate Partner are Girls
  8. Upcoming Events for Social Scientists
  9. Watch Military Families Webinar and Earn CFLE Contact Hours
  10. Latest Reports from Child Trends
  11. Zippy's Video of the Week: #TheTextTalk
  12. New Employment Opportunities

NCFR Awards — Call for Nominations
May 1 Deadline for Award Nominations

Time is running out to nominate a deserving student, colleague, or mentor for a 2019 NCFR award. There are many types of awards to choose from that honor specific outstanding achievements in the family field.

In addition to recognizing excellence in research, teaching, and mentoring, many awards also recognize emerging scholars, and some even provide funding to travel to NCFR 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Wednesday, May 1 is the nomination deadline for most awards. Affiliate Councils Awards have deadlines of June 1. 

see all awards

Spring Webinars

Spring NCFR Webinars
Advances in Moderation Analysis: An Introduction to Mixture Regression

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 // 11 a.m. to noon CT // Register for webinar


Mixture regression is a highly flexible method that can address moderation questions in your research — questions that previous standard methods cannot answer. Mixture regression allows you to examine whether the relationships between independent and dependent variables differ for latent classes.

During this webinar, presenter W. Justin Dyer, Ph.D., will provide an accessible introduction to mixture regression and help you learn the theory and techniques needed to employ this important new method. A "hands on" portion of the webinar will utilize MPlus and STATA software.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

Don't miss the kickoff our spring webinar series this Thursday, April 25 with Adolescent Sexting: What Researchers and Practitioners Need to Know.

register for webinar

Member News
President's Awards at Texas Tech

This week, we congratulate the following members at Texas Tech University:

  • Sylvia Niehuis, Ph.D., recipient of the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Malinda Colwell, Ph.D., recipient of the President’s Academic Achievement Award.

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Members! We want to hear how you are working to understand and strengthen families. Share news and announcements about yourself or other members using our online form.

NCFR Journals
What’s Next in Digital Scholarship for the Journal of Family Theory & Review

JFTRThe Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR), one of three scholarly journals published by NCFR, has big plans for increasing its presence on the web and social media.

Six new digital features are planned to benefit JFTR readers and authors, and help expand applications of family theory into the classroom, programs, and current events. 

see how you can get involved

Current Events
Impact of 2020 Census Citizenship Question on Social Science Research

On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether a citizenship question would be included on the 2020 Census.

Over a year ago, NCFR shared a statement from the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), opposing the citizenship question. NCFR is a member of COSSA.

COSSA is concerned that asking respondents to identify their citizenship could potentially deter members of immigrant communities from completing the survey accurately, or at all. This potential undercount would affect the accuracy and integrity of the Census data.

read full statement

2019 NCFR Annual Conference
Put Your Organization Front and Center at NCFR 2019

Conference Marketing Opportunities

Join us Nov. 20-23 for the 2019 NCFR Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas! Conference registration details are now available online and early-bird rates end on June 13.

They say “everything is bigger in Texas” so don't miss your opportunity to supersize your presence in front of our 1,000-plus conference attendees. Marketing opportunities for your degree program, publications, or products include:

  • University Receptions — Showcase your degree program during this energized event.
  • Sponsorships — Get key recognition for your organization during the week of the conference.
  • Exhibit Booths — Be seen in the high-traffic common areas at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.
  • Advertise — Reach attendees before, during, and after the conference. 

see all opportunities

Data and Trends
90% of U.S. Teens Killed by an Intimate Partner are Girls

An analysis funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development finds that girls comprised 90% of teens killed by an intimate partner. The study led by Avanti Adhia, Sc.D., was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

The authors noted that while homicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents, few studies have been conducted on intimate partner violence (IPV) among U.S. adolescents.

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Upcoming Events for Social Scientists

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Earn CFLE Continuing Education Credit
Home is Where Your Heart Is / Kids Serve Too!

Hosted by the Military Families Learning Network

kids serve tooIn this 90-minute free webinar, representatives from Sesame Street Workshop address potential child concerns and developmentally appropriate responses to relocation transitions, and explore resources that caregivers can use when addressing these concerns.

Approved for 1.5 CFLE contact hours of continuing education credit.

watch free webinar

This is one of many ongoing events approved for continuing education for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential. See all ongoing CFLE-approved events.

NCFR Resource Library
Latest Reports from Child Trends

The following research-based publications from Child Trends have been added to the NCFR Resource Library.

Find these resources and many more in the NCFR Resource Library

text talk

Zippy's Video of the Week: #TheTextTalk

As the danger of texting while driving becomes more pervasive, automaker Honda is encouraging teens to be role models for their parents and have #TheTextTalk as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. The goal of the campaign is to have parents pledge to practice safer driving habits.

have the talk

Employment Opportunities

Employers: Get your job opening included in Zippy News by posting it in NCFR's online Jobs Center!

CYFS Assistant Professor of Practice
Portland State University School of Social Work

The child, youth, and family studies program at Portland State University seeks an assistant professor of practice for a nine-month, non-tenure-track faculty position. Applicants are sought to teach program courses with a focus on family policy, family support, and professional practice with families and children/youth. The successful candidate will have expertise in critical theory or epistemologies, experiential or emancipatory pedagogies, writing instruction, and other aspects of the program curriculum. Candidates who have earned the CFLE credential are preferred. 

Location: Portland, Oregon
Required Education: Master's 
Application Deadline: May 10, 2019

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Dorm Parent
Wasatch Academy

Wasatch Academy, an independent, college preparatory, international boarding school located in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, seeks a full-time dorm parent to act as in loco parentis, providing academic support, safety, and structure for adolescents living within a dorm setting. Dorm Parents also teach dorm curriculum; mentor advisees; and communicate with students, parents, educational consultants, and other faculty and administrators. Candidates with a degree in social science and who have earned their CFLE credential are preferred. 

Location: Mount Pleasant, Utah
Required Education: Bachelor's
Application Deadline: May 18, 2019

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Intern, Education Department
National Council on Family Relations

NCFR seeks a paid Education Department intern to contribute to the advancement of department projects. The position will begin on June 3, 2019, for 10 hours per week for the summer, with potential for extension. The successful candidate has: an understanding of research methodology, policy, and Family Life Education; a demonstrated ability to investigate and solve practical problems; proven project management skills; and strong written and verbal communication skills. Current NCFR membership status and an interest in becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) are preferred.

Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Required Education: Pursuing a degree in a Family Science-related field
Application Deadline: Review begins April 29, 2019; open until filled.

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Assistant Professor in Marriage and Family Therapy - HDFS
Utah State University

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Utah State University seeks an assistant professor for a tenure-track, nine-month academic year position beginning August 2019 in its accredited marriage and family therapy program. Responsibilites include teaching classes, supervising practica, conducting research, and seeking external funding. Areas of research specialization within the marriage and family therapy field are open and family studies experience is welcome.

Location: Logan, Utah
Required Education: Doctorate
Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

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