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Dr. Jean Wallace Awarded the 2016 Reuben Hill Award

Dr. Jean Wallace, along with Dr. Marisa Young and Alicia J. Polachek (both were former MA students at the U of C, within the Department of Sociology) have been recognized for outstanding family research and will be honoured with the Reuben Hill Award.

The Reuben Hill Award is presented to the authors of the best research article from the prior year, which makes a substantial and significant contribution to family research and theory (with a requirement of theory development).  The review committee scoured over 20 leading scholarly journals in the family field to nominate a select set of articles.  From that set, committee members then rated each article according to established criteria.  Our article garnered the most total points and the highest ranking across the reviewers as making an outstanding contribution to the field.

Please read the full press release below.


The National Council on Family Relations
Contact: or 763-781-9311
Sept. 21, 2016

NCFR recognizes Marisa Young, Jean E. Wallace, and Alicia J. Polachek for outstanding family research
MINNEAPOLIS — The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to recognize Dr. Marisa Young, Dr. Jean E. Wallace, and Alicia J. Polachek as the 2016
recipients of the Reuben Hill Award, which is given to the author(s) of an outstanding article or book that combines theory and methodology to analyze and interpret a significant family issue. Their article is titled “Gender Differences in Perceived Domestic Task Equity: A Study of Professionals.”

Dr. Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University and an early career fellow at the Work-Family Research Network. Her current research examines the work-family interface and gender differences in paid and unpaid labor, and she also researches the intersection between work, family, and residential neighborhoods.

Dr. Wallace is a professor of sociology and adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include: work-life balance and the work-family interface; job stress and coping strategies; mental health and wellness; mentoring and professional relationships; coworker and spousal support; and how statuses such as gender, generation and parenthood are relevant to these experiences.

Ms. Polachek holds a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Calgary and is a senior research associate at the W21C Research and Innovation Centre within the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Her research interests include the work-family interface and professionals’ well-being.

The recipients will be recognized for their achievements at the 2016 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Reuben Hill, the namesake of this award, pioneered the scholarly study of family.

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of more than 3,000 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, visit the NCFR website at