Dr. Wendy Smooth, Associate Professor in WGSS, has recently accepted the position of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! Her new role involves coordinating, promoting, and advising on diversity and and inclusion initiatives across the College of Arts and Sciences. Working alongside college leadership, administrative staff, and academic departments and schools, she will represent the Arts and Sciences at university-wide meetings related to diversity and inclusion.
During the three-year appointment, Dr. Smooth will maintain her position in the WGSS department and will teach the class Black Women: Representations, Politics, and Power (WGSST 4402) this autumn.
Congratulations Dr. Smooth!
Professor Katherine Marino received the 2015 Judith Lee Ridge Prize at the Western Association of Women Historians conference (May 14-16 in Sacrmento, California) for her article “Marta Vergara, Popular Front Pan-American Feminism, and the Transnational Struggle for Working Women’s Rights in the 1930s” published in Gender & History. The Judith Lee Ridge Prize is an annual award for the best article in the field of history published by a WAWH member.
Jonathan Branfman, WGSS PhD student won the Graduate Associate Teaching Award, the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.
This award is in its 43rd year and is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students.
Each year, approximately 3,000 students teach as graduate teaching associates at Ohio State.
This year, 162 graduate students were nominated, and 66 of the eligible nominees submitted an application portfolio.
The award recipients were selected by the Graduate School Awards Committee consisting of graduate faculty representing the range of disciplines, former GATA winners, and graduate students.
“I aspire for students to see the world through critical eyes long after they forget specific details of my class. I seek to spark this inquiry through a dynamic personal style, rich class discussions, captivating readings, and experiential projects, while constantly sharpening my approach with student feedback.” – Jon Branfman
Jill Bystydzienski, professor and chair in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant. Bystydzienski will be affiliated with the Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies and Center of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland, where she will research “Organized response to status of women in STEM in Poland” during autumn 2015.
Bystydzienski’s research will focus on the role of women’s organizations and movements in raising awareness and shaping policy regarding gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She will examine how gender inequality is addressed by these organizations and activists in specific countries. Her findings in Poland will contribute to an understudied issue in the country and allow for comparison among women’s representation in STEM fields in other countries.
“The University of Warsaw is the ideal place for me to undertake this project. Being based in Warsaw, I will have direct access to most of the organizations and people I will need to include in my research,” said Bystydzienski. “My Fulbright in Poland will also contribute to strengthening the ties between The Ohio State University and the University of Warsaw.”