Dr. Sylvia Asay


Office: WSTC 155W   |    Phone: (308) 865-8231   |    Email: asays@unk.edu

Dr. Sylvia Asay



1998 Ph.D. Community and Human Resources University of Nebraska at Lincoln
1984 M.S. Vocational Education Kearney State College
1978 B.S. Home Economics Education Kearney State College

Courses Taught

Marriage and Family Relationships, Spring, Fall.
Cross-Cultural Family Patterns, Fall
Families in Crisis, Spring

Community Interests and Involvement

Certified Premarital Counselor
Certified Prepare/Enrich Trainer


Family Strengths Around the World

  • Asay, S.M; DeFrain, J.; Metzger, M.; Moyer, B. (2016). Implementing a Strengths-Based Approach to Intimate Partner Violence Worldwide. Journal of Family Violence. 31 3), 349-360.
  • Asay, S., Robila, M., Bodrug-Lungu, V. (2014). Domestic Violence in Moldova. Family Violence from a Global Perspective: A Strengths-Based Perspective.
  • Asay, S., DeFrain, J., Metzger, M., Moyer, R. (2014). Family Violence from a Global Perspective: A Strengths-Based Approach. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
  • Crosswhite-Gamble, J. M., Rice, D., Asay, S. (2014). Text Messaging among US Young Adults: An Exploratory Study on Texting and Its Use within Families. The Social Science Journal, 51(1), 70-78.
  • Asay, S. (2011). Awareness of Domestic Violence within the Evangelical Community: Romania and Moldova. Journal of Family Violence, 26(2), 131-138.
Family Resource Management
  • Moore, T.J., Asay, S.M. (2017) Family Resource Management 3rd Edition. Sage Publications.
  • Moore, T. J., Asay, S. (2015). Family Resource Management. In M.J. Walcheski, J. S. Reinke (Ed.), Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science (3rd Edition ed.). Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.
  • Langlais, M.; Asay, S.M.; Vaterlaus, J.M.; Walker, A.B. (in press) A Qualitative Examination of Male Enrollment in Family Science. Family and Consumer Science Research Journal. 46 (1).
  • Vaterlaus, J.M.; Asay, S.M. (2016). Family Life Education Methodology: An Evaluation of a University Family Life Education Course. Family Science Review, 21(2), 135-159.


College Service
  • CBT Visioning Committee (2015)
  • CBT Tenure/Promotion Committee (2012, 2014, 2015)
  • ITEC Graduate Committee (2011)
University Service
  • OTICA, Committee Chair (2014)
  • International Studies Advisory Council. (2011 - present)
  • Kelly Fund Proposal Reviewer (2014)
  • General Studies Council. (2006 - 2013)
  • North Central Reaccreditation Criterion 5 Team. (2012 - 2013)
  • UNK Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Committee. (2010 - 2013)
  • OTICA Committee Member(2012)
Professional Service
  • Reviewer, Journal Article, Marriage and Family Review. (2013 - Present)
  • Vocational Education Advisory Council, Kearney Public Schools, Kearney, Nebraska. (2013 - Present)
  • National Council on Family Relations, Conferences (2012 - 2017)
  • PREPARE/ENRICH Programs, Life Innovations, Inc.: Trainer, Kearney, NE. (2009- present)
  • Issue Advisor, National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, MN. (April 2014 - September 2014)
  • ReVision Community/Business Partner Committee, Kearney, NE. (2013)
Public Service
  • Premarital Counselor. (2003 - present)
  • Royal Family Kids Camp, Assistant Director. (2011 - 2013)
  • Arab Family Strengths, DOHA International Family Institute (2015 - present)
  • Cross-Cultural Management and International Business Book Project, Advisory Board, Bucharest Romania. (2012)
  • Queen's College (SUNY), Flushing, NY New York. (2012)
  • National DIF Offices, Mexican Government, Mexico City, Mexico Mexico-Federal District (Mexico City). (2011)
  • University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana Botswana. (2011)
Awards and Honors
  • CBT Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award (2017)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for International Family Research, NCFR International Section. (November 12, 2015)
  • CBT Lifetime Achievement Award (2012)
  • Education Quest Foundation. (2010)