Changes, Scholarship, Awards, Leadership, Inclusion – NWU Gender Studies rules!

IMG_6678.JPGAs lilacs begin blooming on campus, the semester winds down, and another chapter in the Gender Studies program concludes, we remember our former students and note faculty achievements. Read on for news about your former professors.

We are a program that embraces change. We are delighted that Dr. Abigail Mitchell, professor of Psychology of Gender, will direct the Gender Studies program, especially given her publication record on perceptions of gender and leadership as well as research on romantic relationships. This year Dr. Mitchell designed and taught a much-needed new course, Transgender Identities, and she works with NWU’s Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion to keep NWU up to date on lgbtq+ issues. Dr. Brad Tice, also a key member of the Action Council, is currently enjoying sabbatical while preparing a new course, Writing the Body.

We are a program at the cutting edge of innovative scholarship. Five Gender Studies professors, Lisa Borchardt, Gerise Herndon, Lisa Wilkinson, Sandra Mathews, and Rachel Pokora are poised to begin their sabbatical research. Lisa Borchardt will teach Family Violence this summer before delving deeper into research on loss and grief, focusing on issues that affect student athletes. Professor Borchardt was nominated for the prestigious Margaret J. Prouty teaching award this spring. Gerise Herndon, professor of Women Writing Across Cultures and Gender and the Art of Film, will take students to Haiti prior to her presentation in France on Haitian-American literature; her next project entails research in India on hijra/transgender identities in literature and film. Lisa Wilkinson, who teaches Feminist Theories and Philosophies of Race and Gender in addition to having inaugurated our junior seminar, Perspectives in Gender, will combine knowledge gleaned from the “Genocide Studies in Rwanda” program with her ongoing research into “strangers” in ancient and classical Greece.

We are an award-winning program. In the past three years, both Dr. Wilkinson and Sandra Mathews have won the NWU Faculty Scholar award for their impressive publication records. Dr. Mathews, professor of Women of the U.S. West, has also been honored with the Faculty Advisor award. During sabbatical, she continues her scholarship on American Indian sovereignty. Rachel Pokora, also a prolific author and nominee for the scholar award, taught her popular Communication and Gender course this spring before launching into research on dialogue, power, and organized religion. John Spilker, professor of Music History: Gender and Sexuality as well as Sex and the Arts, received the Prouty teaching award after having been nominated four years in a row after only six years of teaching at NWU.  Rita Lester and Gerise Herndon also number among previous Prouty awardees. Sue Wortmann was selected for the Alice Paul Award by the Lincoln Mayor’s Women’s Commission for lifelong dedication to women’s rights (Herndon was a recipient way back in 2003). Additionally, Dr. Wortmann was honored with NWU’s Exemplary Teacher award in 2015 for her innovative Women and Crime class, her service as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and exceptional grant-writing that earned NWU a major Department of Justice grant to help prevent sexual assault. Dr. Spilker and Dr. Wortmann will teach a new Gender Studies course in Cuba in May. Other Exemplary Teacher awardees include Spilker, Meghan Winchell, Rachel Pokora, and Sandy McBride. This year John was also honored by Action Council with the Diversity Award. Previous honorees include Abby Mitchell, Brad Tice, Lisa Wilkinson, and Gerise Herndon.

We are also a program that leads: the current and past three faculty presidents are Gender Studies faculty. Meghan Winchell, currently serving as faculty president, designed an innovative service learning project in U.S. History of Women. Students created curriculum for GirlPowR, a nonprofit offering girls after-school education in empowerment, using lesson plans on topics like “Discovering My True Self,” “Body Image and Media,” and “Women Leaders.” Larry McClain, who served as president prior to Dr. Winchell, redesigned Topics in World Literature: Sexualities, and co-taught Perspectives in Gender with Lisa Wilkinson. Rita Lester, faculty president before Dr. McClain, always has a waiting list for Women in Religion. Jay Chipman, president before Dr. Lester, created the Drama: Gender and Sexuality course and directed a stunning production of Rocky Horror Picture Show this fall.

Some of you have worked or volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center. In NWU’s quest to be more inclusive, we’ve moved the former WRC to a more visible location and renamed it the Gender Advocacy Place, or GAP. Thanks to Joan Gilbreth for the new name! Thirteen GAP volunteers attended the Women’s March on Washington in January and created a powerful video about this significant experience.

Enough about us – what about you? What has changed for you? Check out our blog at nwugenderstudies.wordpress.com, join our Nebraska Wesleyan University Gender Studies facebook group, like our page, or drop us a line the old-fashioned way and let us know what you’re up to these days.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer

Gerise Herndon,
On behalf of the Gender Studies Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 May 2017

 

Dear alumni,

 

As lilacs begin blooming on campus, the semester winds down, and another chapter in the Gender Studies program concludes, we remember our former students and note faculty achievements. Read on for news about your former professors.

 

We are a program that embraces change. We are delighted that Dr. Abigail Mitchell, professor of Psychology of Gender, will direct the Gender Studies program, especially given her publication record on perceptions of gender and leadership as well as research on romantic relationships. This year Dr. Mitchell designed and taught a much-needed new course, Transgender Identities, and she works with NWU’s Action Council on Diversity and Inclusion to keep NWU up to date on lgbtq+ issues. Dr. Brad Tice, also a key member of the Action Council, is currently enjoying sabbatical while preparing a new course, Writing the Body.

 

We are a program at the cutting edge of innovative scholarship. Five Gender Studies professors, Lisa Borchardt, Gerise Herndon, Lisa Wilkinson, Sandra Mathews, and Rachel Pokora are poised to begin their sabbatical research. Lisa Borchardt will teach Family Violence this summer before delving deeper into research on loss and grief, focusing on issues that affect student athletes. Professor Borchardt was nominated for the prestigious Margaret J. Prouty teaching award this spring. Gerise Herndon, professor of Women Writing Across Cultures and Gender and the Art of Film, will take students to Haiti prior to her presentation in France on Haitian-American literature; her next project entails research in India on hijra/transgender identities in literature and film. Lisa Wilkinson, who teaches Feminist Theories and Philosophies of Race and Gender in addition to having inaugurated our junior seminar, Perspectives in Gender, will combine knowledge gleaned from the “Genocide Studies in Rwanda” program with her ongoing research into “strangers” in ancient and classical Greece.

 

We are an award-winning program. In the past three years, both Dr. Wilkinson and Sandra Mathews have won the NWU Faculty Scholar award for their impressive publication records. Dr. Mathews, professor of Women of the U.S. West, has also been honored with the Faculty Advisor award. During sabbatical, she continues her scholarship on American Indian sovereignty. Rachel Pokora, also a prolific author and nominee for the scholar award, taught her popular Communication and Gender course this spring before launching into research on dialogue, power, and organized religion. John Spilker, professor of Music History: Gender and Sexuality as well as Sex and the Arts, received the Prouty teaching award after having been nominated four years in a row after only six years of teaching at NWU.  Rita Lester and Gerise Herndon also number among previous Prouty awardees. Sue Wortmann was selected for the Alice Paul Award by the Lincoln Mayor’s Women’s Commission for lifelong dedication to women’s rights (Herndon was a recipient way back in 2003). Additionally, Dr. Wortmann was honored with NWU’s Exemplary Teacher award in 2015 for her innovative Women and Crime class, her service as Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and exceptional grant-writing that earned NWU a major Department of Justice grant to help prevent sexual assault. Dr. Spilker and Dr. Wortmann will teach a new Gender Studies course in Cuba in May. Other Exemplary Teacher awardees include Spilker, Meghan Winchell, Rachel Pokora, and Sandy McBride. This year John was also honored by Action Council with the Diversity Award. Previous honorees include Abby Mitchell, Brad Tice, Lisa Wilkinson, and Gerise Herndon.

 

We are also a program that leads: the current and past three faculty presidents are Gender Studies faculty. Meghan Winchell, currently serving as faculty president, designed an innovative service learning project in U.S. History of Women. Students created curriculum for GirlPowR, a nonprofit offering girls after-school education in empowerment, using lesson plans on topics like “Discovering My True Self,” “Body Image and Media,” and “Women Leaders.” Larry McClain, who served as president prior to Dr. Winchell, redesigned Topics in World Literature: Sexualities, and co-taught Perspectives in Gender with Lisa Wilkinson. Rita Lester, faculty president before Dr. McClain, always has a waiting list for Women in Religion. Jay Chipman, president before Dr. Lester, created the Drama: Gender and Sexuality course and directed a stunning production of Rocky Horror Picture Show this fall.

 

Some of you have worked or volunteered at the Women’s Resource Center. In NWU’s quest to be more inclusive, we’ve moved the former WRC to a more visible location and renamed it the Gender Advocacy Place, or GAP. Thanks to Joan Gilbreth for the new name! Thirteen GAP volunteers attended the Women’s March on Washington in January and created a powerful video about this significant experience.

 

Enough about us – what about you? What has changed for you? Check out our blog at nwugenderstudies.wordpress.com, join our Nebraska Wesleyan University Gender Studies facebook group, like our page, or drop us a line the old-fashioned way and let us know what you’re up to these days.
Best wishes for a wonderful summer.

 
Gerise Herndon

On behalf of the Gender Studies Program

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