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Toby L. Parcel

Professor Emerita of Sociology

North Carolina State University

Each year the Marjorie Pay Hinckley Chair sponsors a prominent social sciences scholar to visit BYU and share their research on a topic of interest. In 2021, Dr. Toby Parcel, emerita professor of sociology at North Carolina State University and recent program officer at the National Science Foundation, will make a virtual visit and deliver a variety of online lectures. Please see the details below for how to join us.

MAIN LECTURE

Unpacking the Home-School Relationship: Effects on Children and Adolescents

Main Lecture

Dr. Parcel will talk about untangling the ties between families and schools, and how understanding those ties can help children and adolescents. Why are ties between parents and children at home important? How important are social ties at school? What happens when ties between families and schools break down, and how might all of this be applicable as families and schools have been thrown into new relationships due to a global pandemic? Put on your thinking caps and bring your best ideas, as you still will be able to ask questions via the chat function.

Student Lecture

Can You Have It All? Navigating Work and Family in the 21st Century

Student Lecture


This talk is designed to offer all students a perspective on how to navigate educational and professional opportunities when they also desire a future that prioritizes commitments to family relationships and caregiving. Dr. Toby Parcel has been married 40 years and with her husband they raised two children while also rising in their careers. Now, with five grandchildren, she believes that families must work together to support both adults and children in succeeding in the 21st century.

Faculty Lecture

Navigating Work and Family in the 21st Century: Lessons from Research and Life

Faculty Lecture


Dr. Toby Parcel will share with faculty her academic career path and discuss her experience in administration as a woman. She has served as department chair, associate dean, dean, and program director at the National Science Foundation. But administration is a different job from being a professor. What more do young faculty need if they have an interest in administration and are called to serve? And what are the additional challenges women academics may face as they undertake these roles?

More About Dr. Parcel

Toby L. Parcel is professor emerita of Sociology at North Carolina State University. She is best known for her work on families — how parents’ jobs affect children’s lives, how children build and use social capital, and the effects of social capital at home and school on child and young adult academic and social outcomes. Most recently she has studied inequality in school and neighborhood settings, which is the topic of her 2015 book with Andrew Taylor, The End of Consensus: Diversity, Neighborhoods and the Politics of Public School Assignments. Her work has also been published in the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Science Research, and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.

Dr. Parcel has also excelled as an academic administrator. Her first job in academia and where she received tenure was at the University of Iowa. She then moved to The Ohio State University, where she was promoted to full professor and served as both department chair and associate dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She then became the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University and then dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. She also recently completed a three-year rotation as Program Director for the Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation.

She and her husband, John Gerber, have been married for over 40 years. They have two children and five grandchildren.

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