Center History

Center History

Directors

2016 to present Cari Carpenter, Interim Director

2013-2016 Jennifer Orlikoff

2009-2013 Ann Oberhauser

2008-2009 Janice Spleth, Interim Director

1998-2008 Barbara Howe

1994-1998 Helen Bannan

1980-1992 Judith Gold Stitzel

Timeline

1980

The Women’s Studies Program is established in the College of Arts and Sciences. Judith Stitzel, professor of English is the Program’s first coordinator.

1984

The Center for Women’s Studies is established in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research. Judith Stitzel is named the Center’s first director.

1986

The first class of women’s studies certificate students graduates. Since that time, the number of students enrolled in women’s studies courses throughout WVU has grown to over 2,000.

1993

The Center for Women’s Studies becomes affiliated with the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 1993.

2003

A BA in women’s studies is offered. The first WVU women’s studies major, Jamie Lynn Baxter, graduates in December 2003.

2005

The Women’s Studies Program celebrates its Silver Anniversary, 25 years of feminist scholarship, research, and service to the University.

Kasi Jackson becomes Women’s Studies first tenure-track faculty member.

2010

Celebrations marking the  30th anniversary of women’s studies at WVU kick off with a reception in January. A reunion and panel discussion in September brings together many past directors, faculty and staff to share their experiences.

2011

Brian Jara (2011-15) joins the faculty at the Center for Women’s Studies. Kasi Jackson achieves tenure and promotion to associate professor.

2012

Approval is granted to change our name to the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies.

2013

The Center moves from Eiesland Hall to a temporary home at 325 Willey Street.

2014

The Center moves to its new home on the second floor of Knapp Hall.

2015

Cynthia Gorman has joint appointment in Women's & Gender Studies and Geography.

Niina Riivald becomes a full time teaching instructor.

Teresa Pershing joins Women's & Gender Studies as a lecturer.

A reception to mark 35 years of women's studies at WVU is held in October.

2016

Women’s Centennial Time Capsule, buried in 1991, is re-opened. 

The LGBTQ+ Center is opened in Hodges Hall, consisting of offices for the Director, Cris Mayo, program coordinator Jorge Castillo, and administrative assistant Christine Jacobs as well as a conference room and lounge area with a small computer lab to be a resource for students.

The Women’s Centennial Time Capsule is reburied in November containing additional artifacts to be opened again in 25 years.

2017

The Center for Women and Gender Studies sponsors a bus trip to the Women’s March in Washington D.C. one of the largest protests held at the US Capital in history.  

Newsletter

Browse past issues of the Center’ s newsletter,  Nexus  here.