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Dr. Jenifer Kunz | March 2010

jenifer kunzShe spent several months on the fast track, juggling administrative duties, teaching classes and meeting publication deadlines, but Dr. Jenifer Kunz is feeling a bit more relaxed now that her book THINK Marriages and Family has been released.

Kunz, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work, is the author of a new textbook published in January by Pearson Education, Inc. The 360-page book covers 16 chapters on topics ranging from choosing a partner, violence and abuse in marriage and families and successful patterns of commitment.

“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done professionally,” Kunz said. “It was such a quick turnaround time, but I’m very excited about it.”

The publishers approached Kunz in the fall of 2008 about writing the book, and by May 2009, she was meeting publication deadlines. The final version went to the printer in late November, and Kunz spent the December holidays recuperating from her fast and furious pace.

The book is very up-to-date, and each chapter begins with a synopsis of a movie that relates to the chapter topic as well as everyday life. The movie Raising Helen introduces the chapter “Single-Parent Families, Remarriage and Step Families” and My Big Fat Greek Wedding is the opening for the chapter on “Choosing a Partner.” Text throughout the book is supported by graphics and photos that include Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie and many other current newsmakers.

“The book is an overview of American marriage and families today. It’s content the students can relate to and take home with them. That is when the learning begins, when they see how it can apply to everyday life,” Kunz said.

Kunz joined the WTAMU faculty in 1993. Her areas of specialization include marriage and family, and she has made numerous presentations on the subjects both nationally and internationally. Her articles and publications also have appeared in many academic journals and books. Kunz has served as an international visiting professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta,
Canada, and also as a consultant and facilitator for various government and independent agencies.

She received her Ph.D. from Brigham Young University in 1994.

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