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 (2017-2018)

Dr. Melissa Geil’s project, “The Monstrous Shape of Books: Authorship, Disability, and the Rise of Print Culture in Early Modern England,” explores the intersection of three distinct yet entangled cultural threads: authorship, in the trope of (male) authors giving birth; reproduction, in form of midwifery texts preoccupied with “monstrous births”; and disability, the fearsome spawn of both authorship and reproduction in the context of the print revolution. Geil’s “project is interested in the way in which a text like [Nicoloas] Culpeper’s [A Directory for Midwives] reconfigures the reproductive process through language and representation, and what the impact of this reconfiguration is for childbirth, women’s bodies, and authorship in the early modern period.” Geil is a teaching assistant professor in the English and Comparative Literature department.

Dr. Barbara Friedman’s project, “It’s on Us, Too: The Role and Responsibility of Student Media in Covering Campus Sexual Assault,” will explore the ways in which student media outlets frame campus sexual assault; that is, how the media closest to the issue define problems, diagnose causes, make moral judgements, and/or suggest remedies. Building on prior research and engaged scholarship around media depictions of sex trafficking, Friedman will use the results to develop a specialized training for student journalists about how to cover campus sexual assault accurately and responsibly. She is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism and an adjunct faculty member of Women’s and Gender Studies.

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.

Dr. Liana J. Richardson’s project, “Understanding the Accelerated Physiological Aging of African American Women: The Embodiment and Expression of Intersectional Inequality,” brings an intersectional analytic lens to bear on the disparate health outcomes of African American women, many of whom experience “premature or accelerated physiological (versus chronological) aging. Using qualitative and quantitative longitudinal data, Richardson will “conduct a more comprehensive test of the intersectional effects of race and gender on the health and aging of African American women relative to their same race male counterparts and males and females of other races,” with attention to the specific stress factors which may impact aging. Dr. Richardson is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology.

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)
2013-2014:
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)
2016-2017: Dr. Elizabeth Dickinson (Kenan-Flagler Business School), Dr. Michelle T. King (History), Dr. Kavita Singh Ongechi (Gillings School of Public Health), Dr. Michelle Rivkin-Fish (Anthropology)