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Center History


2019 to present: Sharon Bird

2018 to 2019: Kasi Jackson (Interim Director)

2016 to 2018: Cari Carpenter (Interim Director)

2013-2016: Jennifer Orlikoff

2009-2013: Ann Oberhauser

2008-2009: Janice Spleth (Interim Director)

1998-2007: Barbara Howe

1994-1998: Helen Bannan

1980-1992: Judith Gold Stitzel



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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


Brian Jara (2011-15) joins the faculty at the Center for Women’s Studies. 

Kasi Jackson achieves tenure and promotion to associate professor.


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


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


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


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

Niina Riivald becomes a full time teaching instructor.

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

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


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

The LGBTQ+ Center is opened in Hodges Hall, consisting of offices for 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.


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.  


The Center for Women's and Gender Studies moves to the newly renovated Hodges Hall, Suite 505.