Department of Family Social Science faculty member Catherine Solheim was among 14 recipients awarded an International Teaching and Learning Fellowship for 2013-14 from the Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance. The fellows will work to internationalize the University’s curriculum and foster collaborations around global issues.
Best known for writing the seminal books on parenting, Jean Illsley Clarke, an internationally recognized family studies scholar and educator, influenced generations of parents. To honor her achievements, the University of Minnesota will award Clarke with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15 at a special ceremony in the Upson Room of Walter Library, 117 Pleasant St. S.E., Minneapolis.
A 1948 graduate of the University of Minnesota (B.S. in home economics education, cum laude), Clarke has had a long and distinguished career focusing on ways to help parents raise likable, self-sufficient and respectful children. She is the author of Self-Esteem: A Family Affair and How Much Is Enough? Among her list of honors and accomplishments: winner of the Eric Berne Memorial Award in Transactional Analysis, 1995; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Parenting and Family Education Conference, 2008; alumni awards from the University of Minnesota College of Human Ecology, 1999, and College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), 2001; leadership positions on the National Council on Family Relations and the Minnesota Council on Family Relations; and honoree on the U of M’s Wall of Discovery Scholars Walk.
Self-Esteem: A Family Affair is second only to Dr. Spock’s as the most influential parenting advice book. Clarke’s research and counseling, documented in her 20+ books, have been described as imaginative and practical.
“Jean Clarke is an expert on overindulgence, self-esteem, parenting, human development, group dynamics, and Transactional Analysis,” said CEHD Dean Jean Quam. “She deserves this honor for her many contributions to the disciplines of family and parent education, and for translating that work to improve families and communities around the world.”
Clarke has an M.A. from St. Mary’s College in Winona and has been an adjunct faculty member at both the U and Concordia University.
Department of Family Social Science alumna Lindsay Walz and her Courageous HeARTS project were profiled by the Star Tribune.
Walz survived the I-35W bridge collapse in 2007 and used part of her settlement money to open Courageous HeARTS, a creative center for youth in the her South Minneapolis neighborhood. The center is a safe space for healing, creating, and leading, and is a work in progress.
Read the rest of Lindsay Walz’s story and then find out how to help Courageous HeARTS.
Department of Family Social Science professor Catherine Solheim talked with Jearlyn Steele of WCCO-Radio’s Steele Talkin’.
The conversation focused on the cost of living with technology and the management of choices for families regarding what their wants are vs. their needs.
Listen to Solheim’s advice on the program’s site.
Department of Family Social Science doctoral alumna, therapist, and professor Pang Foua Yang Rhodes is featured by the College of Education and Human Development in Learning the Language of Love.
Rhodes graduated in 2008, joined the faculty at Argosy University, and has devoted herself to the Hmong community. Read more about her life in the feature.
Department of Family Social Science alumna Jerica Berge, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.M.F.T., assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health recently spoke with media about a study where she found that children were more likely to develop eating disorders and bad diets if their parents focused on the children’s weight or size.
Read about Berge’s suggested successful methods for establishing healthy habits in the Star Tribune’s article Weighty words affect overweight kids.
Department of Family Social Science professor Tai Mendenhall wrote a CEHD Vision 2020 blog entry on “Enhancing Health Care with Patient and Family Involvement.”
He explains the Citizen Health Care model and how it can meet the challenges that providers, patients, and care plans face.
Read more about the Citizen Health Care model along with tips for facilitating involvement on the CEHD Vision 2020 blog.
Find out more about the Citizen Professional project, the parent project of the Citizen Health Care model.
Department of Family Social Science alumna Celi Marie Dean produces and stars in a cultural drama that follows the life of a young African youth who experiences bullying: Boys Cry.
A special screening of the film will take place on July 25 at the Mall of America Theaters.
Tickets are available online.
Boys Cry has been nominated for 11 awards at the African Oscars.
Celi Marie Dean was featured as one of 2013’s Rising Alumni.
Congratulations to recent graduate Juyoung Jang who was hired as a post doctoral fellow at the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University beginning in August.
Jang earned a Ph.D. in Family Social Science this spring after completing her dissertation titled Potential Social Capital and Psychological Distress for Intermarried Persons.
Congratulations William D. Allen, Ph.D., for being elected to serve as board president of the National Council on Family Relations beginning November 2013.
William earned his doctorate from the Department of Family Social Science in 1997, and has taught at the University of Minnesota. He is the owner of Healing Bonds, a clinical and consulting service. Read more about William in this profile.