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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Awards and Honors for our GWS Faculty!

Congratulations to our award-winning GWS faculty!

Two GWS faculty members -- Megan Quigley, Assistant Professor of English, and Catherine Warrick, Associate Professor of Political Science -- won Villanova's Tolle Lege teaching award in May 2014. This award acknowledges excellence in teaching among faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.   

GWS faculty member Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the 2014 Villanova University Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sawyer was also chosen as a recipient of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Small Grant for a scale development project, entitled “How does conflict ‘work’ without heteronormative assumptions? Development and validation of an LGB identity-based work-family conflict scale.”

GWS Steering Committee member Sally Scholz, Professor of Philosophy and editor of the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia, was honored with the faculty Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award for initiating a podcast series for the journal's book reviews and a video interview series with individual authors.  At commencement, Scholz was also honored with the 2014 Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Congratulations as well to GWS faculty member Valerie Joyce, Associate Professor of Theatre, who was recently awarded tenure.

“In my Body: 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image” hosted by Cabrini College October 22-23

Cabrini College’s Department of English and Women’s Studies Program is hosting “In my Body: 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image” October 22-23. The conference will be hosted on Cabrini’s campus and will include plenary and keynote speakers.

Students are invited to submit proposals for individual presentations, panel discussions/workshops, and creative submissions. The proposal must be sent to filling@cabrini.edu (Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown) by September 1st.

Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

-Cross-cultural beauty/body standards

-Connections between body image and changing fashions (e.g. clothing, make-up, hair styles)

-The role of media and advertising in creating, perpetuating, or resisting standards of beauty

-Intersections of gender, race, class, or sexuality and beauty culture

-Representations of body image/physical beauty in literature

-Body satisfaction/dissatisfaction and self-esteem as related to body image

-The objectification of oneself or of others’ bodies

-Sexualization of the female body

-Body work (e.g. steroid use, excessive dieting and/or exercising, cosmetic surgery, body modification)

-Historical discussion or research in psychological disorders that manifest themselves in relation to body image (e.g. body dysmorphia, eating disorders)

Specific details on proposal structures and guidelines can be found here: http://inmybodycabrini.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/in-my-body-national-undergraduate-conference-on-body-image/.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jill Biden: Villanova University 2014 Commencement Speaker

This past May, Villanova University was honored to have Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States, speak at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. Biden grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware, Master’s Degrees from West Chester University and Villanova University, and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Delaware. She works to bring attention to the struggles of military families, to stress the importance of American community colleges, and to raise awareness of women’s issues, particularly breast cancer prevention. Currently, she teaches English at a community college in Virginia. She is believed to be the first Second Lady in the nation’s history to have a full-time job while serving this public office.

Below is a link to the transcript of Biden’s commencement remarks as released by the White House, Office of the Vice President.