MAST Center at NCFR 2020

MAST Center partners and affiliates will be presenting at several sessions at the virtual 2020 NCFR Annual Conference (November 11-13, 2020)

Wednesday, November 11 at 11:30 AM-12:45 PM CT

“Alt-Ac:” Navigating the Non-Academic and Hidden Job Markets (Session 112)

MAST Center Principal Investigator Mindy Scott (Child Trends) will be a panelist at an invited symposium on careers outside of academia and the non-academic or alternative-academic (“alt-ac”) job market. Not all NCFR student members will end up in a tenure-track academic position for reasons including a lack of desire to remain in academia. Therefore, it is imperative to provide resources for students to secure academic positions, and how to search, apply, and obtain non-academic positions. This workshop convenes a panel of leaders in non-academic positions to discuss exemplar non-academic job positions (e.g., job descriptions, responsibilities), how to locate opportunities, recommendations for interviews, and how to increase your chances of securing an offer. The panel will begin with a preplanned overview from panel members (i.e., introductions) and a Q&A led by a discussant (40 min) to introduce key information about the “alt-ac” job market, followed by an audience Q&A (35min).

Thursday, November 12 at 4:00-5:00 PM CT

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Evaluation Research: A Review of the Literature (Poster Session 420-169 FP)

Presenters April Wilson and Ilana Huz of Child Trends will discuss a comprehensive review of the evaluation literature on HMRE programs summarizes evaluation findings to date and identifies critical next steps for understanding the effectiveness of HMRE programs.

Thursday, November 12 at 4:00-5:00 PM CT

Relationship Quality and Measurement for Adolescents and Young Adults: A Review of the Literature (Poster Session 420-162 RT)

Our partners from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) will present an overview of the measurement trends and findings regarding relationship quality among adolescent and young adult (AYA) romantic relationships, including an overview of implications with a focus on comprehensive measurement construction and policy directives addressing instability among AYA relationships. (Presenters: Eric Sevareid, Paul Hemez, Karen Guzzo, Susan Brown, and Krista Payne of BGSU)

Thursday, November 12 at 4:00-5:00 PM CT

Networking for Emerging Scholars with HMRE Researchers and Practitioners (hosted by the MAST Center and NCFR)

Friday, November 13 at 2:30-3:45 PM CT

Linking Healthy Relationships Research and Practice — Findings From the Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (Session 327)

This symposium will introduce the MAST Center, present findings describing the current state of healthy relationship-related research and practice, and identify opportunities to support and strengthen HMRE programs and practices through research and evaluation. Featuring MAST Center team members Susan L. Brown (Bowling Green State University), Mindy Scott (Child Trends), April Wilson (Child Trends), Kendy Cox (Public Strategies), and Elizabeth Wildsmith (Child Trends). (NBCC CE Credit: #1 hr and Conference Attendance Credit: #1 hr)

Concurrent sessions in this symposium

  • 327-01: Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Patterns, Trends, and Correlates
    Karen B. Guzzo, Kasey Eickmeyer, Paul Hemez, Susan L. Brown, Wendy Manning
  • 327-02: Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program Design and Implementation
    Mindy E. Scott
  • 327-03: Priorities For Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Program Evaluation
    April Wilson

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