Survival Tips for New Family Science Professionals

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Family Science Review


Transitioning into an academic position can be challenging on a number of levels. Using examples from my first two years as an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Development in a rural town outside Savannah, Georgia, I illustrate my professional journey as a family science educator. A feminist standpoint framework (Harding, 1987; Hartsock, 1998) embedded within the overarching theme of life course theory (Bronfenbrenner, 1986; Elder, 1998; Hareven, 1987) lends itself to chronicling this process, via reflection on my experiences and those of my students in the setting of family science education. The paper ends with concrete recommendations and tips for new professionals within family science.


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