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Minneapolis, MN – The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) has conferred its organization’s prestigious Margaret Arcus Award to H. Wallace (Wally) Goddard, Ph.D., CFLE, Professor of Family Life at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension. The Margaret Arcus Award is conferred to recognize and encourage excellence and scholarship in family life education. The announcement was made at the organization’s recent annual conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Goddard’s nomination demonstrated his innovative program delivery that has made an enduring difference to the field of family life education and has certainly added visibility and credibility to family life education scholarship and practice.

Goddard’s vitae includes print-based and Web-based family programs; television, video, and audio programs; professional family books, general audience books, and Christian Family Books, as well as an impressive list of journal publications. He is also a popular speaker at both professional and community gatherings at the national and international level. Goddard has been an invited professor at multiple universities as well as a keynote speaker at many conferences – including the National Council on Family Relations.

Specifically, you may know Wally Goddard from his own public television series for parents called Guiding Children Successfully or his revised and republished best-selling classic, Between Parent and Child by Haim Ginott. He has written many parenting and marriage books for both general and LDS audiences.

On the scholarly level, he contributed immensely to the National Extension Parent Education Model (NEPEM), has been a contributing member of the teams that created the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model and the National Extension Parenting Educator’s Framework.

Quoting one award nominator, “Wally’s life’s work has been to teach.  Yes, he understands research and can expound on methodology, but his choice professionally has been educational service and outreach.”  She also included, “When flying solo, Wally will single handedly hold an audience on the edge of their seats with his illustrative stories and humorous wit.”

Both of his nominators emphasized the integrity of Dr. Goddard’s work in that he . . . “ lives what he advocates and he practices what he preaches.”

The National Council on Family Relations is the nation’s premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of over 3400 family researchers, practitioners and educators.  For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, contact NCFR at 1-888-781-9331 or visit its website at www.ncfr.org .