Faculty Scholars Program

Sahar Amer, CWC Spring 2011 Faculty Scholar

CWC Spring 2011 Faculty Scholar Sahar Amer speaks to a packed house at her public lecture in March 2011.

The Carolina Women’s Center (CWC) offers UNC-Chapel Hill faculty an opportunity to serve as Faculty Scholar at the CWC for one academic year. The CWC Faculty Scholar works on a research project for publication, presentation, exhibition, composition or performance that is related to the mission and and/or activities of the Carolina Women’s Center. Projects that have the potential to engage other campus units and/or students are especially favorably considered.

Scholars receive funding of up to $10,000 to support their project, and they have the opportunity to participate in CWC events and to meet with CWC staff, former CWC Faculty Scholars and invited scholars from other centers/departments. They also make a public presentation about their project during the award semester and write a column about their work for the CWC newsletter.

Find more information about the grant and application HERE.

Current Faculty Scholars (2016-2017)

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Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson’s project, “It’s Everyone’s Business: An Analysis of Gender Diversity and Business Schools,” examines “how gender diversity is conceptualized, discussed, and negotiated within U.S. business schools, versus in the arts & sciences, humanities, and other professional schools.” Pulling from diverse academic disciplines (e.g., communication, women’s and gender studies, sociology, business, critical/cultural studies), the project focuses on “comprehending fully the complex cultural issues that influence gender and communication in business schools, and the possible impacts on people, organizations, and work.” Dickinson also researches the larger implications for academia, workplaces, and the public in the context of increasing pressures on institutions of higher education to run more like private corporations. The project also explores ways to incorporate transformative modes of equity education and training into business schools to expand conversations about inclusivity. Dickinson is a clinical assistant professor of communication in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

KingFor “The Pei Mei Project: History, Gender and Memory Through the Pages of a Chinese Cookbook,” Dr. Michelle T. King investigates “Fu Pei-mei’s life and career as the doyenne of Chinese cooking as a window into three key issues in postwar society in Taiwan, including the development of foodways as a critical national political project, shifting gender roles, and transnational constructions of Chinese/Taiwanese identity through successive generations.” Fu’s culinary lessons and other memories of food, eating, and cooking seem to mediate “inter-generational, transnational connections” between the middle-class women who remained in Taiwan and who emigrated for their education. The project envisions a bilingual English-Chinese educational website that will also “build an international, intergenerational, virtual community of interested Pei-mei fans, foodies and Chinese diasporas.” King is an associate professor of history. Due to other professional commitments, she will serve as a Faculty Scholar in 2017-2018.

Singh-Ongechi 738x714Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi explores the disparate impact of stigma on survivors of the west African Ebola outbreak. “Understanding the Impact of Stigma on Female Survivors of Ebola” focuses on the ways in which women “disproportionately experience many the social and economic consequences of Ebola survivorship,” including rejection by families and spouses, loss of livelihood, and isolation from social networks and employers. Focusing on “social and sexual relationships, as well as stigma,” this project is especially crucial in light of the new, sudden, and concentrated population of Ebola survivors following the wide-spread outbreak. Ongechi is a research associate professor in the Gillings School of Public Health and a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center.  Her doctoral advisee, Christine Godwin, will use this project as part of her dissertation.

mrfish“Unmaking Russia’s Abortion Culture: Family Planning, Family Values, and the Search for a Liberal Biopolitics” explores Russians’ emerging attitudes towards abortion in light of its history under the Soviet state. Caught between pronatalist sentiment and policies and the material realities of “inadequate contraceptive supplies [and] severely cramped housing,” Soviet Russians had access to abortion but—contrary to Western rights-based discourse and values of “choice”—“described it as symbolizing deficits and deprivation.” In this context, Dr. Michele Rivkin-Fish “examines the rhetorical strategies used from the late 1960s to the present to legitimize contraceptive use amidst ardent pronatalism.” Her book traces the emergence and transformation of Russia’s family planning movement, the efforts of demographic and medical experts and incipient feminist politics to replace abortion practices with contraceptive use while maintaining legal abortion access.” Dr. Rivkin-Fish is an associate professor of anthropology.

Development of the Faculty Scholars Program

Former CWC Director Diane Kjervik initiated this program in January 2006 as a way to promote scholarship on issues important to women and to enhance the scholarly aspects of the work of the CWC. The program is supported through the generosity of the Office of the Provost. In its early years, the CWC was able to offer course replacement funds for one course. Beginning in the 2010-11 award year, the award was altered to provide up to $15,000 in research funding. In 2013, the award became available for three faculty members with up to $10,000 in funding each.

Previous Faculty Scholars

Spring 2006: Professor Diane Kjervik, Senior CWC Faculty Scholar (School of Nursing)
Spring 2007: Dr. Kimberly Brownley (Department of Psychiatry) and Dr. Maxine Eichner (School of Law)
Fall 2007: Professor Francesca Talenti (Department of Communication Studies)
Spring 2008: Dr. Ming Lin (Department of Computer Science)
Fall 2008: Dr. Kia Caldwell (Department of African and Afro-American Studies)
Spring 2009: Dr. Jeanne Moskal (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2009: Dr. Pika Ghosh (Department of Art)
Spring 2010: Dr. Rebecca Macy (School of Social Work)
Fall 2010: Dr. Mimi Chapman (School of Social Work)
Spring 2011: Dr. Sahar Amer (Department of Asian Studies)
Fall 2011: Dr. Miriam Labbok (School of Public Health)
Spring 2012: Dr. Minrose Gwin (Department of English and Comparative Literature)
Fall 2012:
Dr. Emily Burrill (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies)
Spring 2013:
Dr. Nadia Yaqub (Department of Asian Studies)
Dr. Karen Booth (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Jan Bardsley (Department of Asian Studies), Dr. Lauren Leve (Department of Religious Studies)
2014-2015: Dr. Joanne Hershfield (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Susan Harbage Page (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Mary H. Palmer (School of Nursing)
2015-2016: Dr. Jocelyn Chua (Anthropology), Dr. Tanya Shields (Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Kumarini Silva (Communications)