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UK SOCIAL WORK PROFESSOR
NAMED AMONG TOP 20 IN NATION

By Selena Stevens

 

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The 2001 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research, presented to UK's Mary Secret, identifies the "best of the best" on which to base future research in an effort to raise awareness of work-family research, to foster debate about the standard of such research and to raise those standards.

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Nov. 14, 2001 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An article by University of Kentucky College of Social Work Professor Mary Secret has been selected as one of the 20 best in the nation dealing with issues of work and family.

“Identifying the Family, Job and Workplace Characteristics of Employees Who Use Work-Family Benefits” was honored by the Center for Families at Purdue University and the Boston College Center for Work and Families during the process of selecting the winner of the 2001 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research.

The award, an annual joint project of the centers, identifies the “best of the best” on which to base future research in an effort to raise awareness of work-family research, to foster debate about the standard of such research and to raise those standards.

“The fact that research on work-family issues is still emerging speaks to a sort of cultural gap in research,” said Kay Hoffman, dean of the College of Social Work. "We are very lucky here in the UK College of Social Work to have a faculty member whose main research interest is in exploring this relationship and figuring out what the implications of this research are for our families. In social work, our research is always aimed at real-world problems and Dr. Secret's work exemplifies that research mission."

Secret has been a leading researcher in the area of family-friendly workplace policies and family well-being. Her initial study on “Parenting in the Workplace” was one of the first in the nation on the topic and showed a growing trend of allowing parents to bring their children to work with them. She is following up that research with a statewide study in Ohio on the topic.

Secret’s paper was selected from more than 400 articles published in 36 leading journals during 2000. No external nominations were solicited or accepted.

Twenty-five leading scholars in the work-family field examined the articles, paring them to 39, then 20.

The top two papers will share this year’s award, scheduled to be presented Feb. 8, 2002, at a combined meeting of the Alliance for WORK/LIFE Professionals and the 2002 work-family academic research conference co-sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Center for Families.


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