WFRN Election and Governance History

The Work and Family Researchers Network carries on the legacy of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, the premier online destination for work and family research from 1997-2010. In November 2010, Jerry A. Jacobs and Judi C. Casey received a final grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that supported the creation of a new membership and virtual organization. Click here for more on the history of the WFRN.

Judi was WFRN's Director through 2014 following her tenure as Director of the Sloan Network from 2005-2010. Jerry was WFRN's Founding President and continues to serve as its Executive Officer. Katheen Christensen led the Workforce, Workplace and Working Families Program at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and has served as an Ex-Officio member of WFRN's Executive Committee since its inception. 

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 occur every two years, and every year an election is held to replace two members of the Executive Committee who rotate off the committee after serving three-year terms.  The first election for WFRN officers was held from January 8-20, 2013, and the current slate of officers won their posts in the January 16 - February 2, 2015 election.  The most recent election for two Executive Committee members was held from February 17 - March 4, 2016.

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 WFRN Officers is available here, and a list of current Executive Committee members is available here.


Officers of the WFRN 2017-2018

  • Co-Presidents: Kathleen Christensen, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Professor of Social Work, Boston College (3 year term; the first 2 years as Co-Presidents, the 3rd year as Past-Presidents).
  • Immediate Past-President: Phyllis Moen, Professor of Sociology, Uniiversity of Minnesota (served as President 2015-2016).
  • Vice President: Anne Bardoel, Associate Professor of Management, Monash University, Australia (2 year term)
  • Treasurer: Sarah Damaske, Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University (2 year term)
  • Executive Officer: Jerry A. Jacobs, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (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 (3 year term)


New Executive Committee Members 2016

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


  • President: Phyllis Moen, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota (3 year term; the first 2 years as President, the 3rd year as Past-President).
  • Immediate Past-President: Ellen Ernst Kossek, Professor of Management, Purdue University (served as President 2013-2014).
  • Vice President: Suzan Lewis, Professor of Organisational Psychology, Middlesex Business School, London (2 year term)
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Jennifer E. Swanberg, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work (2 year term)
  • Executive Officer: Jerry A. Jacobs, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (term determined by Executive Committee)

More about WFRN Officers is here.


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.


Nominating Committee for 2015 Elections


  • Jeffrey Hill, Brigham Young University, Chair
  • Naomi Gerstel, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jeffrey Greenhaus, Drexel University
  • Gail Kinman, University of Bedfordshire, UK
  • Susan McHale, Pennsylvania State University

Previous nominating committees


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.


New Executive Committee Members 2013


  • Michelle J. Budig, Professor of Sociology, U-Mass Amherst (3 year term)
  • Susan J. Lambert, Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago (3 year term)


Officers of the WFRN 2013-2014


  • President: Ellen Ernst Kossek, Professor of Management, Purdue University
  • Vice President: Laura den Dulk, Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Jennifer E. Swanberg, Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • Executive Officer: Jerry A. Jacobs, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Director: Judi C. Casey


New Executive Committee Members 2012


  • Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology, New York University (3 year term)
  • Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research (3 year term)


New Executive Committee Members 2011


  • Lotte Bailyn, Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management (3 year term)
  • Monique Valcour, Professor of Management, EDHEC Business School (3 year term)


WFRN Leadership 2011-2012


  • Judi C. Casey, Director (former Director of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network from 2005-2010)
  • Jerry A. Jacobs, Founding WFRN President and Executive Officer


Steering/Executive Committee 2011-2012


  • Tammy Allen, Professor of Psychology, University of South Florida
  • Lotte Bailyn, Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Kathleen Christensen, Senior Program Officer, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology, New York University
  • Janet Gornick, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research
  • Monique Valcour, Professor of Management, EDHEC Business School