- PhD, Cultural Studies, The Ohio State University, 2001
- M.S., Online Teaching and Learning, CSU East Bay, 2013
- M.A., History, CSU Stanislaus, 2013
- M.Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, 1992
- B.A., Psychology, UC Davis, 1989
- GEND 2020: Women’s and Feminist Activism
- GEND 2500: Women’s Development and Lifestyle Choices
- GEND 3000: Contemporary Gender Studies Research
- GEND 3550: Society and Gender
- GEND 3560: Society and Sexuality
- GEND 4100: Gender and Education
- GEND 4110: LGBT Issues in Education
- GEND 4150: Gender and Sexuality in Children’s Literature and Culture
- GEND 4200: Gender Theory
- GEND 4304: Women’s Spirituality
- GEND 4920: Gender Studies Practicum
- GEND 4930: Studies in Activism: Sex, Gender and Sexuality
- BUS 2090: Ethics and Social Responsibility for Businesses and Business People
- SOCL 2000: Intergenerational Experiences
I have a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Davis; an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont; an M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning from CSU East Bay; an M.A. in History from CSU Stanislaus; and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies (Women’s Studies emphasis) from The Ohio State University. My Master’s thesis analyzed affirmative action in the admissions processes at colleges and universities. My dissertation was an historical and qualitative study of teaching philosophies and practices at a pre-K-12 private, independent, college-preparatory girls’ school. Starting right out of Davis, I worked in Student Affairs for many years in residence life, student activities, Greek life, multicultural affairs, financial aid and women’s centers.
I have been teaching in and directing Women’s and Gender Studies programs since 1998 and am currently the Director/Professor of Gender Studies here at Stan State. My research interests especially include gender and sexuality in education/teaching, the fields of women’s and gender studies, activism, gender and technology, and teaching methods/practices. I serve as the primary academic advisor for students majoring or minoring in Gender Studies.
In addition to my work in Gender Studies, I served as the Director of the campus’ Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from 2008-2014. I’ve also held many positions in faculty governance including 3 years as Clerk of the Academic Senate, and as a Statewide Academic Senator. I am also an affiliate faculty member of the Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership, and occasionally teach courses in Business and Sociology. I am a member of the Faculty Mentor Program and the LGBT Mentor Program.
Nationally I have served in many leadership positions in the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), and currently serve as co-chair of the Distance Education Task Force and on the Program Administration and Development Steering Committee. NWSA colleagues and I are engaged in a research project studying the connections between Women’s and Gender Studies programs and General Education. I am also a co-Moderator of WMST-L, the Women’s Studies Listserv, an international listserv of over 5000 people involved in Women's and Gender Studies as teachers, researchers, librarians, and/or program administrators.
I teach a lot of my courses in online and hybrid formats, and the Gender Studies program is expanding its online offerings to increase student access to our courses. I have received training and facilitate instruction in the use of the CSU’s Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) evaluation instrument, and am certified as a Peer Reviewer by Quality Matters. I also hold an MS in Online Teaching and Learning from Cal State East Bay. I have been teaching online since 2000, and have published articles and presented workshops about online teaching and online feminist pedagogies.
I live in Twain Harte and spend a lot of time hiking, biking, and jogging in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and hanging out at Pinecrest Lake and Lyons Reservoir. I am learning to play guitar, and hope in the next year to bike around Lake Tahoe and to hike all/most of the John Muir Trail.