On October 8, 2015, the Center for Women’s and Gender studies hosted a reception celebrating the 35th anniversary of the founding of the Center in 1980 by Judith Gold Stitzel. Joyce McConnell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, commented on why the Women’s and Gender Studies program matters inside and outside of the Center, “It matters because it’s about empowerment. We give voice to the voiceless. We are a team, and a community. Through teaching and research, we discover who we are as a University, and how we can come together to support one another.”
Honoring all women at WVU and their accomplishments, the reception also included a very special message. The founding director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Judith Gold Stitzel, has created an endowed professorship that distinguishes and highlights the important role that women play at WVU, and emphasizes the Center’s commitment to sustaining an inclusive and interdisciplinary program throughout the University.
The endowed professorship is named after Harriet E. Lyon, the first woman to graduate from WVU in 1891. The professorship will grant faculty from any program within WVU an opportunity to apply for a two-to-three year, part-time appointment, to educate and conduct research as a part of the Center.
Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff, Director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, identified the importance of such prospects; “This professorship is an innovative concept and will engage faculty members from across the university in an interdisciplinary conversation. It will also enhance people’s awareness of our academic unit and how the field of women’s and gender studies truly touches on all disciplines.”
Heaven L. Hunter, Tuesday, November 10, 2015