Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair
Ross Parke, professor emeritus in psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is the 2015-2016 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair in the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University.
“Dr. Parke is one of the preeminent scholars in the area of mother-father differences in parenting and the role of economic hardship on families,” said Carl Weems, director and chair of human development and family services. “His research has helped define the field of family health and he will bring his wealth of knowledge on the topic to campus.”
Parke’s research focuses on the role of fathers in the family and demonstrates the importance of active fathers. His findings showed that fathers are capable of nurturing in a very similar way as mothers and that the presence of an active father is good for the well-being of mothers, children, and fathers themselves.
As chair, Parke is excited to bring in many speakers from a number of disciplines for a multidisciplinary lectures series on the topic of the future of healthy families.
The lecture series will be held on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in room 2019 of Morrill Hall. The lectures are open to the public and a reception will follow. In addition, a graduate seminar will be held in conjunction with the series. Students will meet prior to the lectures to discuss the research and attend the lecture as part of class.
Helen LeBaron Hilton served as dean of what was then the Iowa State University College of Home Economics from 1952-1975. LeBaron Hilton was an advocate of the status of women and the well-being of children. In 1993 LeBaron Hilton bequeathed $1.4 million, establishing The Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair, the largest fully endowed faculty chair fund at Iowa State University at the time.
Lecture Series Schedule
Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair Lecture Series
“Future of Healthy Families”
2019 Morrill Hall
4-5 p.m., reception to follow
September 16, 2015
Hilton Endowed Chair: Ross Parke, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
Ross Parke is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on the development of social behavior in young children, in particular the role of fathers and the contributions fathers make to the family unit.
September 30, 2015
Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.
Professor & Betts Chair, Dept. of Human & Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, Nashville, TN
Velma McBride Murry is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development and professor of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on the significance of context in studies of African-American families and youth, in particular the impact of racism on family functioning.
October 14, 2015
Stephen T. Russell, Ph.D.
Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
Stephen T. Russel is the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Child Development at the The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on development in adolescence, especially the aspects of sexuality, schools, and family relationships for vulnerable youth.
October 28, 2015
Frank F. Furstenberg Jr., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr. is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, and Research Associate in the Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is the author of several books and articles, most with a focus on children, youth, families, and the public. His research focuses on the family in the context of disadvantaged neighborhoods, adolescent sexual behavior, children’s well-being and urban education.
February 24, 2016
Gregory Duncan, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, School of Education and Departments of Economics (by courtesy) and Psychology and Social Behavior (by courtesy), University of California, Irvine, CA
Greg J. Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at University of California, Irvine. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. His research focuses on the comparative importance of the skills and behaviors developed during childhood, especially the relative importance of early academic skills, cognitive and emotional self-regulations, and health in promoting children’s success in school and the workforce.
March 2, 2016
Kathryn Edin, Ph.D.
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Kathryn Edin is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2014 she became a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Her research focuses on the lives of families in poverty. In particular, she studies the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts.
April 6, 2016
Ronald E. Dahl, M.D.
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Community Health and Human Development Department, Youth Development Lab, Berkeley, CA
Ronald E. Dahl is the director of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a professor in the School of Public Health and the Joint Medical Program. He has been elected as a Fellow of several organizations including: Association for Psychological Science, American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a pediatrician and developmental scientist with research interests in the development of sleep/arousal regulation, affect regulation, and the development of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents.
April 13, 2016
Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley|
Philip Cowan, Ph.D.
Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Carolyn Cowan is Adjunct Professor Emerita in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Philip A. Cowan is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Together their research focuses on couples’ transition to parenthood and children’s transition to elementary and high school. They designed couples group interventions to strengthen family relationships.
April 19, 2016
7:00 p.m. in the Sun Room at the MU
Deb Cassidy, Ph.D.
Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecturer in Early Childhood Education, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Health and Human Sciences, The University of North Carolina Greensboro
Deb Cassidy is the Barbara E. (Mound) Hansen Lecturer in Early Childhood Education. She is a Professor of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Health and Human Sciences at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is also the president elect of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the major professional organization and accrediting body for early childhood care and education. She served for four years as the Director of the NC Division of Child Development, which gave her oversight of the North Carolina state funded pre-K program and licensing of all child care facilities in the state. Her research spans practice and policy and focuses on quality of early childhood education for both young children and early childhood professionals.
Established in 2001, the Hansen Early Childhood Education Lecture Series Endowment is made possible by a gift from Richard and Barbara (Mound) Hansen. The Hansens created the series to bring contemporary, issue-oriented topics on early childhood education to the College of Human Sciences.
April 20, 2016
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Iowa State University Alumni Center, Reiman Ballroom
The culminating lecture will be held by Ross Parke and include all speakers via webinar.