Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track on the Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children
Named for an ISQOLS leader and pioneer in the advancement of the theme of the child and youth well-being, contributions made to the “Kenneth C. Land Endowed Track” will permanently endow a track on the “Advancement of Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children” to be held as part of each ISQOLS international conference program. This track will include as least two sessions consisting of three or more participants whose research activities overlap with the purpose of this endowment.
Sessions organized by each Conference Program Committee will represent topical areas of the theme “Quality of Life and Well-Being of Children and Youth.” Such topical areas could be, but are not limited to, any of the following: measurement of levels and trends in child and youth well-being and its various components, comparisons among sub-populations, societal features, including public policies, which affect child and youth well-being and improvements therein.
Only the income earned from this Fund will be used to support the endowed track.
Short CV of Ken Land
Ken Land is Research Professor and the John Franklin Crowell Professor of Sociology and Demography Emeritus at Duke University. He received his doctorate in sociology and mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1969, did post-doctoral study in mathematical statistics and then taught at Columbia University in New York City (1969-1973), and the served as faculty member of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1973-1981), the University of Texas at Austin (1981-1986), and Duke University (1986-present).
In the early 1970s, Ken was a member of the Indicators of Social Change Project at the Russell Sage Foundation. He then served as a member of the Social Science Research Council Advisory and Planning Committee on Social Indicators, 1976-1982, which coordinated and/or sponsored much research and social reporting on social indicators and quality-of-life studies.
Since 1999, Ken has been Director of the Developing a Child Well-Being Index Pro-ject at Duke University. This project has produced a composite Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI) that has been applied to measure comparative levels and trends over time in child well-being for the U.S. , for its 50 states, and for sub-regions and sub-populations therein. The project produces an annual update and report on the CWI and has led to many peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications, many of which are summarized in Land, K. C. (ed.) 2012 The Well-Being of America’s Children: Developing and Improving the Child and Youth Well-Being Index (New York: Springer).
Ken has 171 published articles, 10 books, and 78 chapters in edited books. He has received many awards including being elected a Fellow of IQQOLS, the American Statistical Association, the Sociological Research Association, the American Associa-tion for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society of Criminology. In 2010, he received the ISQOLS Distinguished QOL (Quality of Life) Researcher Award.