Dr. Kimberly Skobba and Dr. Andrew Carswell of the FACS financial planning, housing and consumer economics department received the Best Paper Award for Housing at the 106th Annual Conference of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in Jacksonville on June 26.
Also honored at the conference was Dr. Melissa Wilmarth, who received both her master's and Ph.D. from the FHCE department. Wilmarth received the Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal Emerging Scholar Award, which recognizes a first author of an outstanding Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ) article who is a tenure track assistant professor.
The criteria for a Best Paper Award were: the topic must be original, the research design and methodology must demonstrate high standards, and the research should have the potential to make a lasting contribution to theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences. The awards were presented by Dr. Sharon DeVaney, Editor of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal.
The title of the winning paper was "Community Land Trust Homeowners: Past and Present Housing Experiences." The paper was published in the September 2014 issue of the Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal, Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 4-17.
The study examined the experiences of 20 Community Land Trust Homeowners (CLT) in two metropolitan areas in the southeastern United States. CLT homeownership offered a path from successful renter into CLT homeownership for the low-income participants. Many reported that they were able to make progress following financial setbacks from job loss, divorce and health problems.
In addition to the Emerging Scholar Award, Wilmarth, now an assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences, received a Best Paper Award in Human Development and Family Studies for an article she co-wrote with FACS faculty members Robert Nielsen and Ted Futris entitled "Financial Wellness and Relationship Satisfaction: Does Communication Mediate?"
The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal publishes original research in all areas of family and consumer sciences. AAFCS, the sponsor organization of the journal, is the only national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides leadership and support to family and consumer science professionals in education, research, business, and not-for-profit organizations.
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