Title

Identifying extraordinary contributors to work and family research: eight modalities of excellence

Keywords

ranking top scholars, influential scholars, work and family, work-family, work-life, gender and work

Abstract

In this study we quantitatively and qualitatively explore two research questions: (1) ‘What qualifies a scholar to be classified as an extraordinary contributor to work and family research?’ and, (2) ‘Who are extraordinary contributors to work and family research?’ We first selected a group of top work and family scholars based on total citation counts and a multi-level nomination process. We then qualitatively explored our research questions via e-mail correspondence and telefocus groups. From these data, we distilled eight core themes, or ‘modalities of excellence,’ to categorize extraordinary contributors: (1) publishing (traditional academic metrics), (2) publishing (reputation among scholars), (3) disseminating work and family research (translational research), (4) funding work and family research, (5) service to the work and family field, (6) mentoring future work and family scholars, (7) landmark work and family contributions, and (8) overall reputation. Using quantitative measures (citation counts) and qualitative exploration (e-mail correspondence, telefocus groups, and surveys of work and family scholars), we identified extraordinary contributors in each modality.

Original Publication Citation

Hill, E. J., Bryce, L. A., Loderup, C. L., Brown-Hamlett, J. L., LeBaron, A. B., & Allsop, D. B. (2019). Identifying extraordinary contributors to work and family research: Eight modalities of excellence, Community, Work, and Family, 22(4) 527-544.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-04-15

Publisher

Community, Work & Family

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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