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Introducing our new Graduate Director


In the Fall of 2010, Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt assumed the role of WGS graduate director. Dr. Leila Villaverde stepped down after many years of devoted service. Dr. Hunnicutt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at UNCG and program faculty in the WGS program. Her research focuses on gender violence and theory development. She is currently writing a book length manuscript on feminism, ecology and violence. Dr. Hunnicutt teaches a graduate level seminar cross-listed with WGS titled Gender, Crime and Deviance, as well as a number of undergraduate sociology courses including: Intro to Sociology, Criminology, and Social Perspectives on Gender. Dr. Hunnicutt is looking forward to working closely with WGS MA and certifi cate students. Her goals as the director of graduate studies are to continue to foster a sense of community among WGS graduate students, recruit high quality applicants, and increase the visibility of our premier graduate program.


Dear Friends, Students, and Colleagues,


I am delighted to serve as Director of Women’s and Gender Studies for 2010-2013 and look forward to working with students, faculty, staff , members of WGS Friends, and the broader community that supports WGS, its projects, and student internships. When I was considering this position, Kathy Jamieson told me that the WGS Directorship is the best job on campus. I have to agree. Many thanks to Kathy for the many hours she spent orienting me to WGS.


Thanks to Kathy, Mary Ellis Gibson, and so many others, the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies is in great shape, with exciting graduate, certifi cate, and undergraduate programs, interdisciplinary programming that serves the entire campus, and two faculty members for whom Women’s and Gender Studies is a tenure home. Over the next few years, we will grow our graduate programs through new coursework, by initiating fundraising eff orts that will lead to scholarships for graduate students, and through a refurbishment of the WGS website led by Carole Lindsey-Pott er.


2010-2011 marks Diane Gill’s fi rst year as The Linda Arnold Carlisle Distinguished Excellence Professor in WGS. Dr. Gill, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, will present the fi rst of a series of public programs associated with her research in Spring 2011. Also this spring is a joint conference with the new School of Music, Theatre and Dance, The Art of Public Memory. Held April 7-10, 2011, this international, interdisciplinary conference will include keynote speakers, a performance by the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and paper and performance presentations by interdisciplinary scholars across the arts, humanities, education, and sciences.


I am especially grateful to be working with an excellent, experienced group of core administrators and faculty: Carole Lindsey Pott er (Program Administrator, Outreach Coordinator), Beth Walker (Interim Director of Undergraduate Study and Advising Coordinator), Gwen Hunnicutt (Director of Graduate Study), Sarah Cervenak (jointly appointed faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies), and Danielle Bouchard (faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of Undergraduate Study). I am also grateful for the work of the WGS Friends. Led by the president, Deana Coble, and with the help of faculty members Hepsie Roskelly and Mary Ellis Gibson, the Friends have a full slate of projects scheduled for 2010-2011, and for the coming years.


With best wishes-- Ann Dils, Director


Women’s and Gender Studies Professor, Department of Dance


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Dr. Gwen Hunnicutt


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