The USF WLP Faculty Research Award was launched in 2007 to recognize distinguished faculty members in the USF System (USF Tampa, USF Sarasota-Manatee, and USF St. Petersburg) whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women's issues, and women's initiatives.
The recipient receives a one-time $5,000 award through the WLP Support Fund in the USF Foundation to support their continued work as well as an honorary annual membership in the USF System Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program.
Our Faculty Research Award Program recognizes faculty research excellence and includes 4 separate award categories: 3 Institution-based Faculty Research Awards (1 award per USF System institution – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee); a USF System Junior Faculty Research Award, and an Instructor Award. This year we will add an award to recognize faculty conducting research in the area of Health Sciences.
The awards are announced and recipients recognized at the Annual WLP Awards Dinner on April 12, 2018. If selected as a recipient, we ask that you make every effort to attend this event.
Application Due Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Award Announcement: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Award Amount: $5,000 per award
Our Award Winning Faculty:
§ Have recognition among colleagues in their discipline for productive research or creative work focused on women or related issues.
§ Demonstrate effort toward the advancement of their scholarly discipline.
§ Illustrate intellectual and professional growth, both as a member of a specialized discipline and as a participant in the academic affairs of the university.
§ Are active in scholarly presentations at professional conferences, associations, and
learned societies and disseminate current knowledge to students.
§ Contribute to the institutional welfare of women within the USF System.
§ Institution-based Awards: Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment at an institution (USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, or USF Sarasota-Manatee) within the USF System at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor.
§ USF System Junior Faculty Award: Faculty members who hold a regular, tenure-track appointment at an institution (USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, USF Sarasota-Manatee) within the USF System at the level of Assistant Professor.
§ USF System Instructor Award: Non-tenured teaching faculty within the USF System at the level of Instructor I, II or III.
§ Health Sciences Award: Faculty members who hold a regular tenure-track appointment within USF Health (Morsani College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, School of Physical Therapy, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy) at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor pursuing research in any topic related to women’s health.
§ Nomination must be for a single individual; joint/team nominations are not accepted.
§ Assistant Professors may apply for the institution-based award, the USFSystem award, and the Health Sciences Award, but no applicant will receive more than one award per year.
§ No consideration will be given to age, sexual orientation, race, national origin, religion, or financial need, although preference will be given to female candidates.
§ Individual applications will remain eligible for 2 award cycles. Updates will be accepted for the second year of consideration. If reapplying, please specify what is different from the previous application.
Each nominator and candidate should provide sufficient supporting material to give the review committees a thorough understanding of the quality of the candidate’s research/scholarship activities, including the following:
Please ensure essays are written in 12 point font, answers are double spaced.
Submissions should be organized by section number and clearly labeled to correspond with the application requirements below.
§ Section 1: Complete and sign cover page.
§ Section 2: Discuss the impact, importance and meaning of one's research and creative scholarship as it relates to women and women’s issues within the university and beyond. (500 words or less)
§ Section 3: Share how you plan to use the $5,000 award. (500 words or less)
§ Section 4: List your contributions to women through teaching, scholarship, professional associations, volunteerism, leadership activities and institutional welfare.
§ Section 5: Demonstrate activity in scholarly presentations at professional conferences, associations, and learned societies and disseminates current knowledge to students.
§ Section 6: Provide a letter of nomination describing the nominee's overall achievement and its significance from a department chair or institute/center/program director with an endorsement by the dean.
§ Section 7: Include short Vitae and any additional materials of support. (Maximum 5 pages)
The following documents must be submitted by Friday, February 16, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 USF System WLP Faculty Research Award Program. All items should be placed on a CD or thumb drive and sent through campus mail to Kristi Laribee, USF Tampa Campus, ALC100 or emailed a .pdf document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller (2017)
Dr. Elizabeth Miller is a biological anthropologist specializing in human biology, with interest in evolutionary and biocultural approaches to maternal and child health. Her research program ranges from the study of human milk composition and infant feeding practices, infant immune function in diverse ecologies, maternal iron homeostasis, and early microbiome maturation; with field sites in Kenya and the United States. Dr. Miller’s research emphasizes how mother and infant biology influence and inform each other through the transfer of immunological proteins and microbiomes, and how the surrounding world “gets under the skin” of developing babies via their contact with the microbial world. Miller earned both her PhD and Master of Art in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Art in Anthropology and Psychology.
Jeanne Travers (2017)
Jeanne Travers is a Professor within the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Florida where she teaches Contemporary Modern Dance, Choreography, Pedagogy and Entry Seminar: Dance as an Art Form. She received her BA in Dance from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her MFA from the University of Utah where she graduated with honors. Her choreography has been presented in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. She has also been a guest teacher in Australia, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Trinidad and Tunisia. Professor Travers is also the Co-founder/Coordinator of the USF/China Dance Exchange Program between USF and Beijing Normal University in China. Her work has also been presented in significant venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Fragmentos de Junio Dance Festival in Ecuador, the Celebrazione Festival in Italy, the El Djem International Festival in Tunisia, the Theatre Dejazet in Paris, France, the Ties of Friendship International Dance Festival in La Paz, Bolivia, the International Choreographer’s Collective in Trinidad and at International Dance Seminars in Beijing, China. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including funding through the American Embassy/Minister of Culture in Tunisia, from American Express, from the Mayor of Paris, the Ministry of Culture in Bolivia, the Voices of Hope Award in New York, State of Florida Individual Artists’ Fellowships and grants through USF. She received the 2016 USF Outstanding Teaching Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the TIP Award for outstanding teaching at USF, the USF Outstanding Academic Advising Award and the USF Diversity Award.
Dr. Fawn Ngo (2017)
Dr. Fawn T. Ngo is an Associate Professor of Criminology in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Ngo received her B.A. degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine (1993), her M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the California State University, Long Beach (2000), and her Ph.D. degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland (2009). She also serves as President of the Faculty Senate and President of the USF System Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Executive Council. Her research interests include interpersonal violence, cybercrime, evaluative research, and predictive analytic applications in criminology and criminal justice. In the arena of interpersonal violence, Dr. Ngo’s research on stalking focus on gender differences in stalking acknowledgment and police reporting, how victims’ emotional and behavioral reactions to stalking are related to police reporting, and the effects of different stalking tactics and approaches on police reporting and coping strategies. Her recent projects examine the effectiveness of subsequent police responses to the crime of stalking and the correlates of formal and informal coping strategies in same sex and opposite sex stalking context. Dr. Ngo received the Outstanding Professor Award and the Excellence in Research Award in 2014 and 2015, respectively, from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
Dr. Stephanie Marhefka
Dr. Stephanie Marhefka received her PhD in clinical and health psychology in 2002 from the University of Florida, United States. Her doctoral dissertation work focuses on the assessment of medication adherence among caregivers of children (ages 2-12) who were perinatally infected with HIV. She completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2002 and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Pediatric Immunology at University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2003, where she worked on several CDC-funded multi-site research studies. After working as Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology at New York University School of Medicine in from 2003-2004, she completed a 3-year National Institute of Mental Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. In 2007, she began a tenured track position at the University of South Florida College of Public Health, where she was promoted to tenured Associate Professor in 2012. Dr. Marhefka’s research and community efforts are largely focused on translational and implementation science, which focuses on getting scientific knowledge into practice to make a meaningful difference in “the real world.” Among people living with HIV, her work has elucidated challenges and needs, and tested interventions designed to improve care, treatment, and quality of life. Among young people—especially women, she has explored factors that contribute to unplanned pregnancies and acquisition of sexually transmitted infections, as well as programs that might reduce those outcomes.
Dr. Kathryn Arthur (2017)
Kathryn Arthur (Ph.D. University of Florida) is an archaeologist specializing in community archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, gender, stone tool technology, and historical archaeology of Africa. Kathryn was awarded two National prestigious awards for her research and writing from the American Anthropological Association, the Gordon R. Willey Prize and the Exemplary Cross-Fields Scholarship. Her research for the last 20 years has focused on Ethiopia, which she has funded as the principal investigator through 3 National Science Foundation grants, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, a Leakey Foundation grant, and a Fulbright. Dr. Arthur’s publications include Feminine Knowledge Reconsidered: Women and Flaked Stone Tools; a film Woman the Tool Maker, an edited book Gender and Hide Production, and her most recent research project resulted in a co-authored article in Science revealing an ancient skeleton that provided the earliest full African genetic sequence. Arthur earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, she is one of the co-founders of the journal Ethnoarchaeology with Taylor and Francis press.
Dr. Doreen MacAulay (2017)
Dr. Doreen MacAulay is an instructor in the Department of Information Systems Decision Sciences, teaching organizational behavior analysis and strategic management. Her research focuses the historical development of knowledge and the fundamental gendered assumptions that inform organizational behavior research. Most recently she has explored the development of corporate social responsibility discourse. MacAulay holds a PhD in management from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, an MBA from the University of New Brunswick, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. Prior to year academic career, MacAulay worked in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry as a Human Resource Generalist. She has also held various administration positions within the academic community such as Program Director of a Sino-Canada Degree, Undergraduate Program Director for a Business School and Assistant Registrar for a Small Canadian University. She also consults with non-profit and for-profit organizations on the topics of leadership and strategic planning.
Dr. Kyoung Cho (2016)
Dr. Kyoung Cho is an Associate Professor of Voice at School of Music in the College of The Arts, USF Tampa. She received her degrees from Yonsei University, Korea (BM), Manhattan School of Music (MM), the University of Memphis (DMA), and post-graduate studies in opera at Yale University. She is a prolific researcher with 15 research grants to her credits since joining USF in 2007. She is also an internationally acclaimed soprano and her activities included lectures, lecture-recitals, solo concerts, publications, Master Class teaching, and CD recordings in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Serbia, Israel, Canada, Japan, and her native Korea. Nationally, her performances took place in several cities including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City . Critics hailed her performances as “Sublimely beautiful, transcendent, serene, dazzling, and heavenly.” Her CD recordings on Korean Art Songs and Italian Opera Arias have been critically acclaimed in the U.S., Korea, and Italy. Dr. Cho was also featured by “Vocal Point” to introduce Korean Art Songs on WCNY-FM 91.3, New York NPR station, which aired in 2014. As a versatile scholar-artist, her areas of specialization include opera, oratorio, and art songs of contemporary composers. She is also a leading performing-scholar of Korean Art Songs and an advocate for the music of Korean Women composers. She plans to continue championing women’s vocal music and telling their stories through research and creative scholarship, especially in male-dominated regions and other parts of the world.
Dr. Jill McCracken (2016)
Dr. Jill McCracken is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric, writing, sex work, and gender, sexuality, and feminist theory. Her research interests include the rhetoric of marginalized communities, in particular that of sex work/trafficking; public policy; gender; violence against girls and women; ethnography and participatory research methods; and civic engagement. Her book, Street Sex Workers’ Discourse: Creating Material Change Through Agential Choice, is an analysis of street-based sex work representations, the power of everyday language, and how both influence the material conditions of individuals involved in street-based sex work.
Dr. Melissa Sloan (2016)
Dr. Melissa Sloan is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Sociology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. She also serves as the Chair of the Department of Social Sciences and the Coordinator of the Honors Program. Dr. Sloan received her B.S. degree in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (2000) and her M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2005) degrees in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. Her research is focused on the ways in which social inequalities in the roles and statuses we hold affect physical and emotional well-being. Dr. Sloan’s recent work examines physical symptoms and negative emotional experiences that stem from gender-based inequality in the workplace. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and the American Association of University Women. Her published work appears in journals including Social Psychology Quarterly, Work and Occupations, Gender, Work, and Organization, and Social Science and Medicine.
Dr. Alicia Gill Rossiter (2016)
Alicia Gill Rossiter, DNP, FNP, PPCNP-BC, FAANP has been an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner for 19 years. Dr. Rossiter is the Sequence Director of the Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. She also serves as the College of Nursing Military Liaison and was instrumental in the development of the “Introduction to Military and Veteran Health” course. Dr. Rossiter completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice in May 2015. During her Doctoral program at USF she was selected as a Bob Woodward Jonas Veteran Healthcare Scholar and an American Academy of Nursing Jonas Policy Scholar with the Military and Veteran Health Expert Panel. Her research focus is women veterans and military sexual trauma and military children and the effects of service on dependents. Dr. Rossiter served in the United States Army Nurse Corps on active duty for four years which included two deployments - a combat deployment to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and a humanitarian mission to Honduras, Central America. She transferred into the United States Air Force Reserves in 1995 and served as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee until she retired in June 2015. In her last assignment she served as adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Nursing at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland - the Nation’s only federal/military health science university.
Dr. Jessie D. Turner (2016)
Jessie D. Turner is an Instructor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Florida, where she teaches courses on the history and politics of mixed race identity, U.S. women’s history, introductory women’s and gender studies, and research methodologies. She researches intermarried and/or multiracial women and their families’ racial conceptions of self in reference to historical era, geographic (im)migration, gender and class, regional culture, and family dynamics. Jessie is currently at work on a book entitled Becoming a Woman of Mixed Color: An Autoethnography of Ethnoracial Identity Making and Identity Migration, 1925-2015. Using oral history, archival, and autoethnographic research, the book investigates how both racial amnesia and racial reclamation inform identity migration over three generations of her Vermont family. She is also conducting an oral history project comparing mixed heritage Mexican American experiences in Florida to those in California. Her research appears in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies and in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Jessie holds a Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Studio Art and Women’s Studies from Hamilton College in upstate New York. Before graduate school she worked for several years in nonprofit community service, organizing and teaching around issues of domestic violence, immigrant rights, housing justice, and educational equity.
Dr. Kathy Black (2015)
Kathy Black is a Professor of Social Work and Gerontology at the University of South Florida at Sarasota/Manatee. Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Albany in New York in 2000 and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California in 1988 and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990. Dr. Black is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Black has over 30 years of experience working with older adults and their families in the capacity of geriatric case manager, medical social worker, and geriatric nurse in acute and long term care, hospital, nursing home, and community-based settings. Dr. Black has conducted more than 100 presentations in the field of health and aging at local, state, national, and international venues. Dr. Black is on the editorial board of Research on Aging, Journal of Social Service Research, and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative & End-of-Life Care. Dr. Black has been the Principal Investigator of more than a dozen grants has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications in such journals as: Women & Aging, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Clinical Gerontologist, Geriatric Nursing, and the Journal of Applied Gerontology.
Dr. Heide Castaneda (2015)
Dr. Heide Castañeda is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at USF Tampa. She received a PhD from the University of Arizona (2007), MPH from the University of Texas (2002), and an MA from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2000). Castañeda is known for her research on immigration and the role of legal status and citizenship as an axis of health disparities in Germany, the United States, and Mexico. Her projects on women’s health share a focus on insufficient access to care that are the result of specific laws and policies. These findings have application in guiding policymakers and practitioners to improve the lives of migrant families and communities. At USF, she serves as graduate director in the Department of Anthropology mentoring students starting their careers, and is dedicated to promoting the institutional welfare of women in our university and in academia more broadly.
Dr. Tiffany Chenneville (2015)
Dr. Tiffany Chenneville is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of South Florida St.Petersburg with a Joint Appointment in the USF Health Department of Pediatrics. She also is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida and a nationally certified school psychologist with training in both school and clinical psychology. Dr. Chenneville obtained her Ph.D. from USF. She also has a Master’s degree and an Ed.S. degree in school psychology from USF as well as a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. Dr. Chenneville has significant research and clinical experience in the area of pediatric HIV. Through her affiliation with the USF Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease program, Dr. Chenneville has participated in social-behavioral and clinical research and has provided psychosocial and behavioral health services to children and adolescents with HIV - acquired via mother-tochild transmission or behaviorally - and their families. Because of the impact of gender inequalities on HIV trends, female youth are the focus of much of Dr. Chenneville’s work. Dr. Chenneville has published many journal articles and book chapters on topics related to pediatric HIV, to include a recent article published in Ethics and Behavior, which focused on disclosure among female youth with HIV. Currently, Dr. Chenneville is under contract with Springer Publishing to edit a book titled A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps between Research and Practice. In addition, she is working with a filmmaker to produce a documentary about pediatric HIV, which features not only youth with HIV but also mothers who transmitted the virus to their children.
Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman (2015)
Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is assistant professor of sociology with a joint appointment in the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean at The University of South Florida, Tampa. She received her B.A in Biological Sciences and Spanish from Cornell University (2001) and afterwards completed her M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University in 2012. Now in her third year at the University of South Florida, Dr. Hordge-Freeman’s first book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families is slated for publication in October 2015 with The University of Texas Press. A second book that she co-edited with Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, “Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production” is slated for publication in January 2016. With funding from a Fulbright grant, in 2016, she will return to Brazil to collect data on the labor exploitation of informally adopted daughters for her third book entitled, “Second-Class Daughters: Informal Adoption as Neo-Slavery in Brazil.” Dr. Hordge-Freeman is passionate about teaching. In her first year, she launched and directed the USF in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil program, which is a global service-learning study abroad program. In 2014, she was recognized with USF’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award.
Dr. Susan MacManus (2014)
USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) has named USF Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs Susan MacManus its 2014 Faculty Research Award recipient. MacManus, a familiar face to those who follow Florida politics, is currently working on a new book detailing the achievements of minority and female trailblazers in Florida politics. The $5,000 award will help MacManus complete her research for this project. MacManus is a leader in our community, having served on various local and state civic boards. She is also a leader on campus, and has served as mentor for young professors starting their careers and for students planning their futures. MacManus’ impressive resume reveals significant accomplishments in research, teaching and community service during her long career at the University of South Florida. She has published groundbreaking books and journal articles detailing the role of women in politics, the impact of tax policy on women, and the impact of women in public policy making. In addition, she has published several biographies on historical female political leaders.
Dr. Grisselle Centeno (2013)
Dr. Grisselle Centeno, Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at USF Tampa was named the 2013 WLP Faculty Research Award Recipient. Dr. Centeno is a highly regarded faculty member and leads a USF interdisciplinary team of talented individuals from the Department of Industrial & Management Systems Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Health Policy, Moffitt and the Morsani College of Medicine to propose NIH and NSF grants in recruiting and retaining women in the fields of science and engineering. She conducts this work in a USF college with a ratio of 49:2 male to female professors. She has served as the mentor, advisor or committee member for over 100 female students. Dr. Centeno is an excellent role model for female students in engineering and received a USF award as a highly regarded teacher. She intends to use the WLP research award to provide female students with strategies to overcome potential challenges and struggles they may encounter while in school or in their future careers.
Dr. Jamie Goldenberg (2012)
Dr. Goldenberg, Associate Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science at USF Tampa was named the 2012 WLP Faculty Research Award Recipient. Through her research, Jamie Goldenberg has successfully improved the lives of women in very significant ways and she is dedicated to creating better conditions for women. Her research focuses on the impact of existential concerns associated with mortality on attitudes toward sex and the body, and women’s bodies in particular. She has published extensively on the topic, and currently has a grant from the National Cancer Institute of NIH to apply her theoretical model to cancer-relevant health behavior. Dr. Goldenberg received the $5,000 award to purchase the necessary equipment for her next research project which will assess the association between women and objects using implicit measures. Jamie believes this may be her most important research to date.
Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien (2011)
Dr. Jody Lynn McBrien Assistant Professor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee was named as the recipient of the 2011 WLP Faculty Research Award. Dr. McBrien received the $5,000 award to support her research into the educational programming needs of women and girls affected by war, including those resettled in the United States, those remaining in refugee camps, and post-war returnees.
Dr. Ellen Daley (2010)
The 2010 WLP Faculty Research Award recipient is Dr. Ellen Daley. Dr. Daley began her college education as the women’s movement was gathering momentum. That forever changed the course of her life and she began developing community clinics. Her work evolved into research on the Human Papilloma virus.
Dr. Patricia A. Kruk (2009)
The recipient of the 2009 WLP Faculty Research Award is Patricia A. Kruk, Ph.D. Dr. Kruk is currently a Professor in the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology in the College of Medicine. After receiving her Ph.D. in Medical Sciences in 1992 from the University of British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Kruk pursued a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. She joined the Department of Pathology at USF in 1996 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Full Professor in August of this year. With over 25 years research experience as a cell and molecular biologist, more than 17 years experience in the area of ovarian cancer research, 40 publications and more than 35 trainees, Dr. Kruk has become established as an excellent mentor and expert in area of ovarian cancer.
Dr. Linda M. Whiteford (2008)
Linda M. Whiteford, professor of anthropology, received the Faculty Research Award for 2008 Whiteford is known for her research on access to reproductive health care and the condition of women and children throughout the world. Her research has taken her to work with Mexican American migrant farm women, as well as poor families and single mothers in the U.S., families in Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Cuba. Whiteford has also studied the conditions of refugee women in Darfur, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her findings have been widely used to guide policy-makers and practitioners in helping to improve the lives of women.
Dr. Naomi Yavneh (2007)
Naomi Yavneh, director of undergraduate research and associate professor of humanities, received the first WLP Faculty Research Award in 2007. The awards committee cited Yavneh for development of an interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates, as well as for her own scholarly research and leadership. Yavneh's research focuses on women and gender in the Italian Renaissance as they relate to spirituality, sensuality and the representation of the body. Yavneh, considered one of the leading feminist scholars, has co-edited and contributed to two books.