Demonstrating the value of your Family Science program to university stakeholder groups is arguably more important than ever, as needs and goals evolve at individual institutions and across higher education.

Attend this webinar to learn and ask questions about strategies for distinguishing your program and positioning your unit to gain support from a variety of stakeholders: administrators, admissions officers, academic advisors, career services and student affairs staff, faculty, prospective students, and others.

You’ll hear from three presenters who bring a wealth of knowledge from their experiences in several faculty and administrative leadership roles, at different types of institutions.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Demonstrate the value of their programs
  • Create strong alignment across university mission and initiatives, program outcomes, and student experiences
  • Implement marketing strategies and activities
  • Tailor marketing efforts based on the unique characteristics and needs of their institution and unit

Approved for 1 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.

Webinar date: Oct. 10, 2023

Fee: Free for NCFR members and CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs


Students must understand how to successfully market their skills on social media in today’s competitive job market. Faculty serve an important role in helping their students to develop a professional identity and how to network with potential employers. However, faculty may be unfamiliar with digital platforms such as LinkedIn that can be used to promote one’s credentials. This includes understanding how to connect LinkedIn with other well-proven professional development resources and strategies.

In this webinar, the presenters will share methods for helping students form their own professional identity, develop a LinkedIn profile, and initiate a professional networking system. Teaching assignments and methods will be shared that focus on helping students articulate their professional credentials and initiate professional networking processes in an appropriate manner. Additional tips and strategies for professional development and complementary assignments such as program portfolios will also be discussed.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

Webinar date: September 26, 2023

Fee: $29 for NCFR student members / $49 for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs


As the higher education landscape shifts and changes, academic institutions continue to evaluate which programs they offer and how those programs are structured.

All faculty and academic leaders can benefit from preparing for and learning about academic restructurings. Attend this webinar whether you’re in the thick of the process and looking for helpful insights now, or if you’re looking to bolster and grow your program so it’s better positioned for a future reorganization.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

Webinar date: Sept. 15, 2022

Fee: Free for NCFR members and CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs


This webinar will share the value of being a leader with NCFR and describe the opportunities available for all members to serve, whether they are students, new professionals, senior scholars, or practitioners. The presenters will highlight the importance of the nomination/self-nomination process, provide an overview of leadership positions and discuss pathways to leadership for those interested in serving in the organization. Members of the NCFR Elections Council will also be present to answer any additional questions.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Describe the value of having a diverse range of individuals serving in leadership positions in NCFR;
  • Determine the leadership positions that are suitable for self or others; and
  • Be able to nominate oneself or others for leadership positions in NCFR.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers & non-CFLEs


It is common for Family Science students to feel overwhelmed by the job search process. This is especially true if they do not plan to pursue a career as a college or university faculty member or researcher. Luckily, NCFR member Erica Jordan, Ph.D., CFLE, is here to help with a revised edition of her popular NCFR webinar from 2018. Drawing on insights from hosting a Family Science careers podcast, Dr. Jordan will share new advice on how to search for jobs and how to connect one's own experience when applying for jobs.

By attending this webcast, participants will be able to:

  • identify personal and professional goals;
  • use face-to-face and electronic methods to explore a variety of career options;
  • effectively communicate how one’s Family Science background connects to various areas of practice; and
  • market oneself throughout the job exploration process.

Attendees will also be able to practice the job search process during this webinar using scenarios Family Science graduates have encountered in real-life interviews.

Approved for 1.0 hour of CFLE continuing education credit.

Webinar date: January 19, 2022, 10 - 11 a.m. CST

Fee: Free for NCFR members & CFLEs / $89 for nonmembers


In this interactive workshop, attendees will be first introduced to common pitfalls in manuscript preparation through the presentation of what are common reviewer comments and recommendations. Following this step in the workshop, attendees will be assigned to small groups and engage in two interactive, hands-on activities with senior reviewers. Afterwards, attendees have opportunities to ask questions to editor office including editor, associate editor, deputy editor, and editorial assistant. The information shared, and critical awareness and skills developed in this multi-part, half-day workshop will provide our community of Family Science scholars with tools to improve the quality of their future manuscripts.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will:

  • Describe common pitfalls in manuscript preparation and related reviewer recommendations.
  • Identify common pitfalls and possible corrections across each manuscript section, i.e., Literature Review, Research Questions, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Implications.
  • Analyze areas in need of revision in their manuscript writing and describe how to make the necessary corrections to strengthen their research report.
  • Understand steps to start developing the capacity to produce manuscripts clearly meeting the high standards set by peer-reviewers and journals.

Presented by: He Xiao, Lauren Eaton, Wendy Middlemiss, and Joseph G. Grzywacz

Participating reviewers: Brandan Wheeler, Brenda L. Bass , Cassandra Chaney, and Melissa A. Barnett 

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

Webinar date: June 30, 2021

Fee: Free for NCFR members and CFLE / $45 for nonmembers