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    Faculty FAQs

    Updated Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 9:30p MDT.

    Isn't Feminist & Gender Studies a department?

    Feminist & Gender Studies is not a department. Like Race, Ethnicity, & Migration Studies; Southwest Studies; Film & Media Studies; and others; Feminist & Gender Studies is a program. While this may change in the future, the current faculty decided, in consultation with the former Dean of the College, the change is not a priority at this time.

    What is the program's mission statement?

    Feminist & Gender Studies fosters inquiry into structures and modes of power as they are mediated by gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, nation and citizenship, age, and ability. Through teaching, scholarship, and service, we study and develop critical interdisciplinary and feminist theories and practices in collaboration with artists, activists, and scholars at Colorado College and beyond.

    What is the program's vision statement?

    Feminist & Gender Studies aims to embody a feminist ethos of critical engagement and responsiveness that is attentive to shifting relations of power; to be an intellectual, political, and creative space for the pursuit of exemplary collaborative initiatives locally, regionally, nationally, and transnationally; and to remain conversant with myriad intellectual legacies while reimagining the possibilities of feminist knowledge and practice.

    When did the program graduate its first students?

    The first class of Feminist & Gender Studies (then Women's Studies) minors graduated in 1987. They were Monica J. Backsen, Stephanie A. Donaldson, Sheila J. Farr, Ann H. Lenz, and Kristin L. Mernitz. The first class of Feminist & Gender Studies (also then Women's Studies) majors graduated in 1998. They were Blake H. Hedinger, Briana N. Kerstein, and Christina A. Pierson. Blake and Briana were advised by Margaret Duncombe (Professor Emerita, Sociology), and Christina was advised by Charlotte Mendoza (Professor Emerita, Education).

    In 2018, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the major during Homecoming, featuring keynote speaker Brady Montalbano-Connaughton (Feminist & Gender Studies '03). Brady was also featured in our first annual "Alumni Spotlight" in 2019. Click here to read more about her and to view or read her keynote address.

    Also, stay tuned for our second annual "Alumni Spotlight" (December 2020), which will feature inaugural major Briana N. Kerstein.

    What is the Feminist & Gender Studies Advisory Board and how can I be involved?

    Since the Feminist & Gender Studies faculty recognize the significance of intergenerational and transdisciplinary collectivity, we created and implemented the Feminist & Gender Studies Advisory Board in Spring 2018. The Advisory Board consist of two full-time faculty who support the program in various capacities for two to three years (barring extenuating circumstances, such as sabbaticals).

    Inaugural Advisory Board members Tomi-Ann Roberts (Chair and Professor of Psychology) and Gail Murphy-Geiss (Chair and Professor or Sociology) will be completing their term at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, and new members will be invited to join starting Fall 2021. Please contact the Program Director for more information, especially if you have an interest in joining.

    How do I cross-list a course with Feminist & Gender Studies?

    As of February 2019, cross-list proposals must converse with our revised mission and vision statements, as well as our new course-level guidelines. The Feminist & Gender Studies faculty review proposals during our program meeting on the third Monday of each block. However, it may take up to two blocks for us to discuss and make decisions. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.

    What is the Transnational Feminisms Grant for Research & Teaching and how can I apply?

    All full- and part-time faculty are invited to apply for grants to support research and/or teaching in Transnational Feminisms. Funds may be used to support seminar or workshop participation, attendance at conferences or meetings, research, or teaching enhancement. Click here for more information.