Welcome 2011-2012 Early Career Scholars

By Judi Casey

Welcome to cohort 3 (2011-2012) of the Early Career Scholars program!  As you may know, the Sloan Network is transitioning to the Work and Family Researchers Network.  As part of the transition, we are continuing the successful Early Career Scholars program with 2o new participants.

The selection process proved to be very challenging, as we received 80 applications, nearly all of which were from candidates well-suited to the intent of the program. In order to rank potential participants, special attention focused on a number of factors, but most importantly, the centrality of work-family concerns on research and teaching, the interest in the various components of the program, and the promise of scholarship relative to that of others in one’s graduating cohort. Beyond individual level concerns, achieving intellectual diversity within the cohort was also taken into account, with the intent of representing the various disciplines central to work and family scholarship. Finally, after all of those concerns were considered, and when all else was relatively equal, candidates who had moderate experience beyond their degree award were prioritized over those who were nearing the end of the tenure clock or those who had most recently earned their degrees, as they stand to benefit most from the mentorship and feedback provided through the program.

Below are the selected applicants for cohort 3 of the Early Career Scholars program:

•    Carrie Alexandrowicz Shandra, Hofstra University
•    Deirdre Anderson, Cranfield University
•    Bhavani Arabandi, Ithaca College
•    Medora Barnes, John Carroll University
•    Stacye Blount, Fayetteville State University
•    Erynn Masi de Casanova, University of Cincinnati
•    Uracha Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Middlesex University Business School
•    Sarah Damaske, Pennsylvania State University
•    Gwen Daverth, Manchester Business School
•    Jessica Hardie, Pennsylvania State University
•    Margo Hilbrecht, University of Guelph
•    Arielle Kuperberg, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
•    Pamela Lirio, EDHEC Business School, Lille Campus
•    Whitney Morgan, University of Houston–Downtown
•    Elizabeth Poposki, Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis
•    Jessica Rolston, University of Colorado at Boulder, Pikes Peak Community College
•    Leah Ruppanner, University of Hawaii, Hilo
•    Lisa Stewart, California State University, Monterey Bay
•    Ana Villalobos, Brandeis University
•    Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago

The new WFRN is excited to help with mentoring the next generation of work and family scholars!