Professor and Extension State Specialist
- PH.D.-1985, Oregon State University
- M.A.-1982, California State University-Chico
- B.S.-1978, California State University-Chico
I joined the faculty at UNR in 1985 as an Assistant Professor with training in Human Development and Family Studies (B.S. and M.A.) and Family Economics (Ph.D.). In 2003, I was certified as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) and in 2005 I joined Cooperative Extension as a State Specialist in the area of aging. Over the years, I have taught a number of different courses related to families, including: Introduction to Families, Family Resource Management, Family Finance, Consumer Credit, Work and Family Systems, Individual and Family Resilience, and Family Economics and Management. My research has focused on single-parent families, custodial fathers and aging. I joined the Social Work faculty in 2008 and Social Work courses that I previously have taught include SW 310; SW 610; SW 311 and SW 498.
I am originally from Lawrence, Massachusetts (about forty miles from Boston) and currently live in Wingfield Springs with my husband Dan and our kitty Aja. She thinks she is a dog…plays fetch, comes when called, greets us at the door, and steals food whenever you turn your back!
I have three grown children (two daughters and a son, see above) and twelve grandchildren ranging in age from eight to twenty-six years (nine boys and three girls). I also have three great-grandchildren, including a two-year-old and infant twins (a boy and girl). My oldest daughter (on the left) lives in Utah, my second daughter lives a half-mile away from me, and my son lives in Arizona. I enjoy writing, reading mysteries, cooking for family and friends, creating a beautiful home, gardening (see my retreat), and needlework. My latest needlework passion is Hardanger, a lacy form of embroidery that has its roots in Norway and is related to Venetian lace and ancient Persian needlework. The picture above shows what it looks like!
Professor; State Extension Specialist in Aging
SW 310; 311; 611; 440; 640; 498 (Family Resource Mgmt); 498/698 (Resilience)
Family studies, family economics, and research methods/theories for the HDFS Dept.
Divorce and single parenting, esp. custodial father families; successful aging; worklife issues
Presentations (Past 5 years)
- Hilton, J. M. & Solovyova-Vincent, A. (2011, March). Self-directed learning: Students teach themselves about emerging issues in the field. Refereed interactive poster presented at the Lilly-West Conference, Pomona, CA.
- Hilton, J. M., Powell, P., Lewis, S., Anngela-Cole, L. & Curtis, K., (2010, March). A Low-Cost Collaborative Teaching Model Using the Resources of the University, Community College, and Cooperative Extension. Refereed Resource Exchange presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) annual conference, Reno, NV.
- Hosier, Amy, Traywick, LaVona, & Hilton, J. M. (2010, March). Expanding gerontology education through Cooperative Extension services: Cross-Institutional perspective. Refereed Panel presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) annual conference, Reno, NV.
- Gonzalez, C., Elliott, M., & Hilton, J. M. (2010, June). Physicians cultural competence and patient satisfaction among Latino seniors. Paper presented at the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), New Orleans, LA.
- Maitoza, R. & Hilton, J. (2010). The unemployment crisis: Families need help. Refereed abstract presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2010.
- Hilton, J. M., Powell, P., Lewis, S., Anngela-Cole, L., & Curtis, K. (2009, March). A Low-Cost Collaborative Teaching Model Using the Resources of the University, Community College, and Cooperative Extension. Round Table/Poster presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) annual conference, Reno, NV.
- Hilton, J. M. & Anderson, T. L. (2009). Women and mid-life divorce: The costs of leaving a first marriage. Refereed abstract to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
- Gonzales, C. & Hilton, J. M. (2009). Religiosity/Spirituality and the health, happiness and well-being of Latino elders. Refereed abstract to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA
- Saleh, M. & Hilton, J. M. (2009). Father involvement of adolescent and adult fathers in low-income families. Refereed abstract to be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
- Hilton, J. M. (2009). Using assessment to lighten the load in these challenging times. Plenary session. Northern Nevada Assessment Conference, Reno, NV.
- Hilton, J. M., Hubbert, A., & Boutte, M. (2009). Preparing for promotion and tenure. Division of Health Sciences Assembly Round Table. Reno, NV.
- Hilton, J. M., Wakita, J., & Powell, P. J. (2007). A cross-cultural review of research on school bullying. National Council on Family Relations annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
- Hilton, J. M. (2007). Student engagement and assessment. Large Class Enhancement Workshop, Excellence in Teaching Program. University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
- Hilton, J. M., Millis, B., & Kopera-Frye, K. (2007). Using playing cards to promote cooperative learning: A model for teaching large classes. Interactive workshop presented at the Western Family Economics Association annual conference, Tucson, AZ.
- Hilton, J. M., Millis, B., & Kopera-Frye, K. (2007). Assessment of learning in large classes using the Playing Card Model. Northern Nevada Assessment Conference, Reno, NV.
"We are not helping our children by always preventing them from what might be necessary falling, because we learn how to recover from falling by falling! It is precisely by falling off the bike many times that you eventually learn what the balance feels like. Those who have never allowed themselves to fall are actually off balance, while not realizing it at all. That is why they are so hard to live with." Richard Rohr
- Child, S. L. & Hilton, J. M. (2013). Spirituality and the successful aging of older latinos. Family Journal, in press.
- Hilton, J. M., Gonzalez, C. A., Anngela-Cole, L., Maitoza, R., & Saleh, M. (2012). Successful aging and Latinos: A cross-cultural comparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 27, 183-199.
- Boateng, A. & Hilton, J. M. (2011). The first home visit: The ‘return' experiences of Liberian refugee women in Ghana. Journal of Third World Studies 28(1), 115-138.
- Saleh, M. & Hilton, J. M. (2011). A Comparison of the Paternal Involvement of Low-Income Fathers in Four Developmental Stages: Adolescence, Young Adult, Adult and Mid-Life. Family Journal. 19 (1), 47-55. http://tfj.sagepub.com/content/19/1/47
- Hilton, J. M. & Anngela-Cole, L. (2010). A cross-cultural comparison of factors associated with school bullying in Japan and the United States. Family Journal, 18(4), 413-422.
- Saleh, M. & Hilton, J. M. (in press, 2010). A Comparison of the Paternal Involvement of Low-Income Fathers in Four Developmental Stages: Adolescence, Young Adult, Adult and Mid-Life. Family Journal, 19(1), 47-55. http://tfj.sagepub.com/content/19/1/47 .
- Anngela-Cole, L. & Hilton, J. M. (2009). The role of attitudes and culture in family caregiving for older adults. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 28, 59-83.
- Hilton, J. M., Kopera-Frye, K., & Krave, A. (2009). Successful aging from the perspective of family caregivers. Family Journal, 17, 39-50.
- Hilton, J. M. & Anderson, T. L. (2009). Characteristics of women who divorce in midlife with those who remain married. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 50, 309-329.
- Hilton, J. M., Pankow, D., & Villines, M. (2009). Financial security: Home ownership. Published contenton eXtension, available online: http://www.extension.org/pages/Financial_Security_for_All:_Home_Ownership
- Kopera-Frye, K. & Hilton, J. M. (2008). Learning by doing in a graduate course in Human Development and Family Studies: Service learning utilizing an evaluation project. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching.
- Hilton, J. M. & Kopera-Frye, K. (2007). Resources provided by grandparents in single and married parent families. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 47(1/2), 33-54.
- Kopera-Frye, K., Hilton, J. M., Wilson, S. M., & Rice, A. (2007). The evolution of a human development and family studies internship course: Challenges and recommendations. Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family, 6, 140-159.
- Hilton, J. M., Millis, B., & Kopera-Frye, K. (2007). Techniques for student engagement and classroom management in large (and small) classes. Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family, 6, 490-505.
- Powell, P., Kopera-Frye, K., Hilton, J. M., & Lee, R. (2007). Lessons learned in creating and implementing an interactive senior health and wellness class. Journal of Teaching in Marriage and Family, 6, 330-352
- Hilton, J. M., Martin, S., & Evans, W. P. (2007). Assessing the needs of Nevada's older adults: The role of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Full report (83 pages) and Executive Summary (4pages) available online: http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/cy/2007/eb0702.pdf