Governance

The WFRN is organized by a structure of committees and subcommittees governed by elected office holders. Members have the opportunity to fill leadership roles as elected officers or committee members and vote for their peers.

Elections for officers are held every two years, and two members of the Executive Committee rotate off the committee and are replaced each year. In the most recent election held from January 23 - February 3, 2017, WFRN members voted for a new President and Vice-President and 1 new Executive Committee member. Elections are conducted by secret ballot, and the winners are those who receive a plurality of the legal votes cast as specified in the By-Laws

More about the current slate of WFRN officers is available here, and the current Executive Committee members are listed here.  WFRN's complete election and governance history can be viewed here.


 Officers of the WFRN 2017-2018

  • Kathleen Christensen and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes: Co-Presidents (3 year term). The first 2 years as Co-Presidents, the 3rd year as Past-Presidents.
  • Phyllis Moen: Immediate Past-President; served as President 2015-2016.
  • Anne Bardoel: Vice President (2 year term)
  • Sarah Damaske: Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Jerry A. Jacobs: Executive Officer (term determined by Executive Committee)

    More about WFRN Officers is here.


New Executive Committee Member 2017

  • Naomi Gerstel, Distinguished University Professor and Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Thank you to Stephen Sweet for serving on the Executive Committee from 2014-2016.


New Executive Committee Members 2016


  • Erin Kelly, Professor in Work and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management (3 year term)
  • Tanja van der Lippe, Professor of Sociology of Households and Employment Relations, Department of Sociology and Research School (ICS), Utrecht University (3 year term)

Thank you to Michelle Budig and Susan Lambert for serving on the Executive Committee from 2013-2015.


Officers of the WFRN 2015-2016


  • Phyllis Moen: President (3 year term). The first 2 years as President, the 3rd year as Past-President.
  • Ellen Ernst Kossek: Immediate Past-President; served as President 2013-2014.
  • Suzan Lewis: Vice President (2 year term)
  • Jennifer E. Swanberg: Secretary-Treasurer (2 year term)
  • Jerry A. Jacobs: Executive Officer (term determined by Executive Committee)


New Executive Committee Members 2015

  • Wendy Casper, Professor of Organizational Behavior, University of Texas at Arlington (3 year term)
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, Purdue University (3 year term)

Thank you to Kathleen Gerson and Heidi Hartmann for serving on the Executive Committee from 2012-2014.


New Executive Committee Members 2014

  • Phyllis Moen, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota. NOTE: E. Jeffrey Hill, Associate Professor of Family Life, Brigham Young University, was appointed to serve Phyllis Moen's term on the Executive Committee upon her election to President in 2015 (3 year term)
  • Stephen Sweet, Professor of Sociology, Ithaca College (3 year term)

Thank you to Lotte Bailyn and Monique Valcour for serving on the Executive Committee from 2011-2013.