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ERIC Number: EJ764683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May-4
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Manning the Ship
Banerji, Shilpa
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n6 p27-28 May 2006
Statistically and historically speaking, most women's studies departments are headed by women. So when Dr. David G. Allen, a psychosocial and community health professor at the University of Washington (UW), was appointed chair of that institution's women's studies department last summer, it ruffled a few feathers. Dr. Nancy J. Kenney, an associate professor of women's studies at UW, says that although she respects Allen as an individual and a colleague, she was initially worried about his appointment to head the department. She says she wondered what kind of message it would send to potential students. She also questioned whether there were any qualified women for the position. Allen says he has both the experience and the passion for the job. Although his current situation is still rather unusual, Allen is not alone. Dr. Daniel Moshenberg, an associate professor of English at George Washington University, became director of the women's studies program there in 2004. Dr. Allison Kimmich, director of the National Women's Studies Association, says that the appointment of men into the discipline could be a very positive development, though it barely represents a trend. Other scholars say that as women's studies programs evolve into interdisciplinary gender studies, it is feasible that more men could be drawn into the programs as students, professors and administrators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington