History

  • 1994: Center for Families receives initial funding from 1956 alumnus Lorene Burkhart and initial group of advocates
  • 1994: Susan Kontos, who joined Purdue faculty in 1985, named founding director and advisory council organized
  • 1994: First McAllister Fellowship funded for Purdue University student research
  • 1994: First project funded: It’s My Child Too – a program for noncustodial fathers
  • 1995: First grant received: $105,000 to evaluate Indiana First Steps Program – a program for children ages 0-3 with developmental delays
  • 1996: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth named director
  • 1997: Center became the institutional home for the Indiana Consortium of Family Organizations
  • 1998: First Hancook Fellowship awarded for Purdue University faculty research
  • 1999: Inaugural Family Impact Seminar held in Indiana
  • 2000: Military Family Research Institute is created
  • 2000: Launched the annual Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research in partnership with the Boston College Center for Work and Family
  • 2006: Launched the Indiana Infant-Toddler Specialist Network – a partnership with Indiana University
  • 2006: Partnership launched with the Alliance of Work-Life Progress to sponsor the Kanter Award
  • 2008: Inaugural Research Enhancement Award – which focuses on undergraduate research support -awarded to Dr. Carol Bushey and Leslie Cradler for Are adolescent attitudes toward calcium rich foods and intake of dietary calcium related to the presence of grandparent(s) living in the household?
  • 2010: Inaugural methodological symposium held – Research with Dyads and Families: Challenges and Solutions in Working With Interdependent Data – in the Families and Health Symposium series
  • 2012: Partnership launched with Boston College Workforce Roundtables to sponsor the Kanter Award
  • 2012: Partnership launched with the Work and Family Researchers Network to integrate the Kanter Award into its program
  • 2013: Inaugural Award for Excellence in Family Research at Purdue University given to Dr. Aryn Dotterer for Parenting, Race, and Socioeconomic Status: Links to School Readiness
  • 2014: Inaugural Interdisciplinary Research Award given to graduate student Zachary Gold for Preschoolers’ Physical, Social, and Engineering Play Behaviors: Differences in Gender and Play Environment. Child development, early education, and engineering
  • 2014: Kanter Lecture Series brings some of the best work-family research to campus; CFF partners with Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Krannert School of Management, the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Department of Human Development and Family Studies
  • 2015: Family Impact Institute moves its national headquarters to CFF

20 Years of Impact of the Center for Families

  • Raised the visibility of family research at Purdue, connecting faculty, students and staff who share interest in research on families.
  • Supported faculty and student family researchers across campus as they conduct and disseminate research about families.
  • Generated discovery, learning and engagement about families by successfully pursuing external support for research and projects.
  • Influenced workplaces by bringing the best work-family research and researchers in the world to corporate practitioners who design and implement programs, practices and policies. Helped to sustain and promote programs of research by work-family scholars; and built bridges both among academic disciplines and between researchers and corporate practitioners.
  • Influenced policies by educating Indiana state legislators about cutting-edge scientific evidence related to policies they are debating.