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Welcome From the Director


Greetings from Sage Hall, and welcome to a new school year!  It promises to be a very busy and productive year, with as much going on behind the scenes as out in the public eye.  I’m referring to the fact that our programs (the major, the minor, and the LGBTQ Studies certificate) are undergoing review this year, our first since launching the major back in 2009.  Program review provides us with a great opportunity to show what our program does and the impact we make on our students and the university.  It will also provide us with information that will help us reflect on our strengths, identify areas for improvement, and envision how we can grow and change.  

I am extremely pleased to announce that we have a new instructor slated to begin teaching for us in January.  Dr. Alicia Johnson, who will teach WG STDS 201 during the January interim, was hired this summer as the new Women’s Center Director.  During spring 2017 semester, she will teach Global Perspectives on Women and Gender, as well as a special topics course on gender, sport, and culture.  Dr. Johnson earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee this past spring.  Welcome, Alicia!

Alicia will be one of three new members of the Women’s and Gender Studies steering committee this year.  We are also welcoming first-time members Dr. Ashley Thompson and Dr. Laura Hartman.  Ashley is a faculty member in the Psychology Department who teaches the Psychology of Human Sexuality course, which counts for the LGBTQ Studies certificate, while Laura joined the Environmental Studies program last year and teaches the cross-listed Gender and Nature course.  We look forward to working with them on the steering committee.  I would also like to congratulate WAGS faculty member Dr. Susan Rensing for earning tenure and being promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.  

Please join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Sage Hall lounge (3208) for our annual meet and greet.  Refreshments will be served, and there will be time for socializing as well as talking about registration for spring semester.  Registration for spring starts in October, so this would be a great time to ask questions about classes, internships, and graduation requirements.  Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome!  

We also have a wonderful line-up of Brown Bag talks shaping up for the fall semester.  Dr. Alicia Johnson will be presenting on Tuesday, October 4th from 11:30-12:30 (title TBA, but hopefully something from her fascinating research on the Ugandan national women’s soccer team), and photographer Allison Welch, a new faculty member in the Art department, will be presenting on Wednesday, November 9th from 11:30-12:30 (title also TBA, but definitely about her work on American Girl dolls).  

Please be in touch if you would like more information about our programs!

Dr. Launius 


Feminist Theory

Students in our Feminist Theory class, Fall 2011

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