By Selena Stevens
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
paper was selected from more than 400 articles published
in 36 leading journals during 2000. No external nominations
were solicited or accepted.
leading scholars in the work-family field examined
the articles, paring them to 39, then 20.
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