The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its prestigious
Fellow status on Ramona F. Oswald, professor of family studies in the Department of Human
Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois and the
director of graduate studies.
Ramona Oswald earned her bachelor’s degree in studio arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her master’s and Ph.D. in family social science from the University of Minnesota. She began her career in academia as an assistant professor in her current department at the University of Illinois in 1998.
Oswald’s name is synonymous with innovative scholarship on LGBT families, and she is one of the most productive and recognized scholars in that area. Her transformative scholarship, excellence in teaching and mentoring, policy relevance, and contributions to NCFR, as one of her nominators wrote, make her truly deserving of Fellow status.
Oswald has made numerous contributions to NCFR through committee and member-group leadership roles and service on NCFR journal editorial boards and through guest editorships; she has received several NCFR awards and many others at her university and beyond. Her contributions extend to many organizations, groups, and publications outside NCFR. She earns top ratings from students year after year and has earned a reputation as an outstanding mentor.
NCFR Fellow status is awarded to relatively few NCFR members on the basis of their outstanding and enduring contributions to family science, in areas including scholarship, teaching, outreach, practice, and professional service.