The last time Texas Tech completed a semester without Judy Fischer on the HDFS faculty, Jimmy Carter was President of the United States, Walter Cronkite still anchored the CBS Evening News, and the first music album had yet to be released on compact disc.
Now, after 35 years with us (1979-2014), Judy has retired. Among her career milestones, Judy chaired the HDFS department from 1993-1999; was elected as a Fellow by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) in 2009; served as program chair of the 2013 NCFR conference; served many important roles with the Groves Conference on Marriage and Family; won Texas Tech’s President’s Academic Achievement Award (2007); and chaired countless students’ Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.
On a more personal side, Judy always looked after new faculty members, whether it was making sure they had a place to go for Thanksgiving dinner if they were staying in town or inviting them to sample Lubbock’s folk/country music scene. She frequently made her home available to HDFS parties and celebrations (which we hope she’ll continue to do!).
Like any diligent scholar, Judy accumulated a lot of academic journals and research articles (both her own and others’) over the years. With the ready availability of electronic versions, however, such hard copies are no longer really necessary. Many people still prefer hard copies, though, so Judy made them available to anybody who wanted them, as seen in the next photo.
Judy will still be around the department, analyzing data, writing up manuscripts, and guiding to completion some graduate students with whom she has long worked. In the hearts and minds of Judy’s colleagues and former students, of course, her ties to Texas Tech will always remain intact.
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Cat Pause (pronounce Paus-ay), a 2007 Ph.D. recipient in our program and since that time a Lecturer in Human Development and Fat Studies Researcher at Massey University in New Zealand, returned to Lubbock in July to discuss her new book (co-edited with Jackie Wykes and Samantha Murray) Queering Fat Embodiment. More than 20 people attended the event, including several Texas Tech HDFS faculty and grad students, faculty from other departments, Texas Tech staff, and members of the community. Pictured below (left to right) are Dr. Lynne Fallwell (History and Honors College), Dr. Elizabeth Sharp (HDFS), Cat, and Dr. Kristina Keyton. Dr. Sharp organized the gathering.
Here’s another picture of Cat and Elizabeth.
The Amazon.com page for the book can be accessed by clicking here, whereas the publisher has made Chapter 1 of the book availble free online at this link for those interested in getting a preview. The Texas Tech library has added the book to its holdings, although it is checked out at the moment!
Dr. Keyton, who completed her Ph.D. with us in 2012 and remained on board to teach several classes, will begin as a full-time faculty member at South Plains College in the fall. We thank her for her service to the department and we will miss having her around the department (although she won’t be too far away).
Dr. Jeff Wherry, who served on our HDFS faculty for six years before moving to become the founding director of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center Research Institute, is featured in this Dallas Morning News article.
Dr. Stephanie Shine, director of our Early Childhood training program for students who plan to teach children up through grade 6, has announced a welcoming event for EC majors. There will be a barbeque on Wednesday, September 3, from 6:00-7:30 pm in El Centro of the Human Sciences building.
The East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood program, with which Dr. Shine is also involved, is running a book-donation drive for children in the program. If interested, you can click on this link to be taken to a registry of children’s books for the drive at Amazon.com.
Dr. Yvonne Caldera reports that Mary Sciaraffa, “my very first graduate student here at Tech back in the 90s,” has obtained tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Mary’s ULL faculty webpage is available by clicking here.