Professor Connie Flanagan has been named the School of Human Ecology Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family and Community. This appointment honors a faculty member whose scholarship and leadership addresses quality of life issues for children, women, families and communities, and whose work advances an understanding of the role of philanthropy in promoting and sustaining a civil and just society.
Flanagan’s scholarship addresses quality of life issues through a focus on factors in families, schools, and community groups that sustain a civil and just society. She has studied the development of civic commitments in children and adolescents and the role of family values and of democratic school climates in engendering those commitments, and the unique affordance of community service for developing young people’s understanding of the perspectives of community members with whom they otherwise rarely interact.
Passionate about nurturing a new generation of public scholars whose work concerns social justice and the well-being of families and communities, Flanagan has mentored junior faculty whose scholarship focuses on social justice and co-chaired the 2014 biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence on the theme of social justice and adolescent development. She is a fellow in the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), an organization dedicated to addressing social injustices by bringing research to bear on social issues. In addition, Flanagan serves on the leadership circle of the 4-W (Women, Well-Being in Wisconsin and the World) movement based in the School of Human Ecology.
The award generously funded by SoHE alumna Katherine (Kay) Vaughan
Kay Vaughan worked for several years at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Neenah following her graduation from Human Ecology. Vaughan has held major volunteer leadership positions with many national organizations committed to improving the well-being of others—including the American Red Cross, United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, the International Book Project, and American Field Services. A member of the University of Wisconsin Bascom Hill Society, Vaughan was a founding member of the Council on Women and Philanthropy, and endowed the Vaughan Bascom Professorship in Women and Philanthropy. Her 100 Women gift funded the Kay Vaughan Opportunities Fund, providing needed discretionary funding.