Membership FAQ

Who can or should become a member?

WFRN is open to anyone interested in work and family research. While membership is geared toward the global community of work and family academics and scholars—including faculty, staff, students, teachers, and researchers—policy makers, practitioners, journalists and interested others are encouraged to get involved.

What are the benefits of membership?

There are many benefits for members of the Work and Family Researchers Network.

Members enjoy:

More information available here.

Do I have to become a member to access the WFC or other features?

No. The Work and Family Commons, the open access repository, as well as the News Feed, Events Calendar, and Sloan Network Archive, among other features, are all available for free to members and non-members.  However, you must have a login to post material to the site.  To create an account, follow the steps here.

What are the membership categories and dues?

For information about WFRN’s membership categories and dues, click here.

How can I join and pay my dues?

To pay your WFRN membership dues, please link to our membership portal here.

Information about WFRN membership categories and membership dues levels can be found here.

To pay by check or purchase order, please contact us at the email address below to make the necessary arrangements.  (If you live outside the United States, you must pay by credit card.)

Email: workandfamily@sas.upenn.edu

Phone: 215.898.5605

Nancy Permsap, Work and Family Researchers Network

What are Founding or Sponsoring members? Can I still become one?

Founding and Sponsoring members are work and family scholars, academics, practitioners, policy makers, and other interested individuals who made a 3-year commitment to join WFRN in the first year of operation (dues year 2012). Founding and Sponsoring memberships were available for this first year (2012) only.

In 2013, a new membership category of Sustaining Member was created for $245/year.

Are organizational memberships available?

Yes. We welcome both corporate (for-profit) and non-profit Organizational Partners with an interest in supporting work and family research. Click here for details.

What are the dates of the membership year? When will my membership expire? What if I join mid-year?

Membership is based on the calendar year. Dues will be collected in the fall of each year for the following calendar year (January 1 – December 31). 

All memberships will renew at the same time.

Memberships are not transferable.

When were WFRN elections held?

Elections for new WFRN Officers (President and Vice-President) and 1 new Executive Committee Member were held from January 23 - February 3, 2017.  A list of current officers is available here, and all members of the Executive Committee are listed here.

Results of previous elections are available here.

What is a Sustaining Member?

You can become a Sustaining Member for $245/year.

Founding and Sponsoring Memberships were offered only for 2012.

As a Sustaining Member, you can demonstrate your support and commitment to WFRN. 

Sustaining Members receive the following benefits:

  • Featured on website, WFRN materials, and List of Supporters as a Sustaining member
  • Weekly News & Events feed, Monthly Work and Family Commons update
  • Electronic Subscription to Community, Work & Family
  • Discounted conference registration
  • Option to present at conference
  • Chance to serve on committees and as elected officers
  • Voting privileges

I have a login, how do I pay my dues?

If you have a login, click on the blue login box in the top right hand corner of the home page to get started.  If you’ve forgotten your password, click on the tab on the login page for resetting your password.  The "Request new password" option is the 3rd tab to the right under User account. 

Once you are logged in, you can go directly to Membership Dues, and select your membership category.