Program Governance

Since the offering of Appalachian State University’s first Women’s Studies course over twenty-five years ago, Women’s Studies has grown as an academic discipline.  Many programs have since changed their name to better reflect hte state of the field.  In February 2015, the name of the program was changed to Gender,  Women's and Sexuality Studies.  A majority of colleges and universities in the U.S. have programs in Gender, Women's, and/or Sexuality Studies and offer undergraduate majors and minors, and the number of graduate programs in Gender, Women’s, and/or Sexuality Studies continues to increase.  Feminist scholarship has made and continues to make ground-breaking contributions to methodologies and knowledge in literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, art, history, the sciences, economics, among others, and there are numerous scholarly journals devoted to interdisciplinary and disciplinary-specific feminist research.

Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field that develops and promotes feminist analyses of gender, women, and/or sexuality as it is shaped by race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and ability.  Given the fact that curriculum and methodologies in traditional academic disciplines continue to marginalize and/or ignore the experiences and contributions of women and members of other underrepresented populations, Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies’ focus on intersectional approaches to gendered experiences as grounds for feminist theorizing continues to be its unique and necessary contribution to scholarship in all disciplines and to liberal education.  Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies at Appalachian State University aims to reflect developments in feminist scholarship its programming and curriculum.

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program Director

  • Each constituent program in the CGG Department is led by a Director who is responsible for coordinating internal matters of the program and for representing the needs of the program to the CGG Chair.  A program Director may not simultaneously serve as Chair of the CGG Department.
  • An externally-hired Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program director will typically have a faculty position in the CGG department, unless other arrangements are made with the Dean.  An internally-hired Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program director, that is, a program director selected from the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies affiliate faculty, will be assigned at least 50% of their contract to the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program with the remainder in their home department.  When their term as program director ends, an internally-hired program director will typically return to their home department unless other arrangements are made with the Dean.
  • Program Directors also fill the role of Graduate Director if their programs have graduate certificate or degree programs.
  • Program Directors participate in the development of CGG Departmental policies and take responsibility for their communication and implementation at the program level.
  • Program Directors communicate the needs of the program (personnel, space, fiscal, curricular) to the CGG Department.
  • Program Directors serve as advocates for their respective programs and represent their programs and the affiliated faculty in their programs in the CGG Department and in the University.
  • Program Directors prepare an annual report to the CGG Department Chair in consultation with the faculty of the program.
  • Program Directors provide leadership in the recruitment and appointment of affiliated program faculty members.
  • Program Directors arrange the class schedule for the program as the program’s contribution to the class schedule for the CGG Department, and advise the Chair concerning the comprehensive schedule for the CGG Department.
  • Program Directors consult with the CGG Chair concerning program faculty and the performance of their duties.
  • Program Directors encourage and support good teaching, scholarly activity, and professional development within the program.
  • Program Directors provide for appropriate advising of students majoring in the program.
  • Program Directors organize and coordinate the program faculty in developing, implementing, and evaluating short and long-range program goals, objectives, standards, and programs, and in carrying out regular, ongoing assessment of the program.
  • Program Directors work with the program faculty to develop program standards and curricula and procedures that provide adequate preparation of graduates for professional or further academic endeavor.
  • Program Directors work with program faculty in organizing co-curricular activities for students.
  • Program Directors consult with the CGG Department Chair with respect to program resources.

Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Faculty (Affiliated and/or Core)

Faculty who wish to become members of the Women's Studies Faculty must send a copy of their curriculum vitae (updated every five years) to the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Director, along with a cover letter that explains how the CV demonstrates that the faculty member possesses the following qualifications for initial appointment (as evidenced on the CV): activity in feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies scholarship through peer reviewed publishing (including dissertations), presentation of papers at peer-reviewed conferences, and/or activity in critiqued performance arts and juried exhibitions; and at least one of the following:  (a) significant teaching experience teaching courses with Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies content, (b) significant participation in disciplinary-specific and/or interdisciplinary feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies professional organizations or caucuses, including publication in local and regional periodicals, (c) a graduate degree in Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies, significant graduate coursework in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies or a related field, and (d) participation in seminars and institutes designed to promote feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies scholarship and/or pedagogy or feminist, gender, and/or sexuality studies contribution to community service, volunteer work with local organizations, workshop planning and implementation.

In almost all cases, GWS courses are taught by members of the GWS faculty. However, in exceptional cases individuals (such as visiting instructors and adjuncts) who meet the criteria for GWS faculty status can be approved by the GWS Director to offer a GWS course(s) for a maximum of one academic year. Subsequently, in order to continue teaching courses that count for the GWS major, minor, and/or graduate certificate, these individuals must apply formally for GWS faculty status and, if approved, their courses would be eligible for consideration for GWS credit.

In order to maintain active Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies faculty status, every five years (in the year of post-tenure review) faculty should send an uploaded CV and cover letter addressing the above points to the Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies Director.

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Executive Committee

The GWS Faculty will elect three to five GWS Faculty members to serve on the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Executive Committee, which will advise the Director of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, vet applications for Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Faculty, and help articulate the mission of the Program in various institutional contexts.  Members of this committee shall serve a two-year term, with one or two members being elected each year. Members can serve a maximum of two terms.

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Programming Committee

GWS Faculty will elect three to five GWS Faculty to serve on the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Programming Committee.  This committee will be active in decisions regarding programming (films, conferences, speakers, Women’s History month activities, etc.). Members serve a one-year term.

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Curriculum Committee

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty will elect three to five Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty to serve on the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Curriculum Committee.  This committee will review and make decisions about proposals for courses in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.  Members will serve a one-year term.  Faculty proposing courses in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies should address in their course proposals at least two of the following:  (1) substantial knowledge and integration of relevant feminist scholarship, (2) awareness and integration of feminist pedagogy, and (3) consideration of the interrelatedness of gender, race, class, ability, and sexuality.

In almost all cases, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies courses are taught by members of the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty.  However, in exceptional cases individuals (such as visiting instructors, adjuncts, or graduate students in the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate or Graduate Minor Program) who meet the criteria for Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty status can be approved by the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Director to offer a Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies course(s) for a maximum of one academic year.  Subsequently, in order to continue teaching courses that count for the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies major, minor, graduate certificate, and/or graduate minor, these individuals must apply formally for Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty status and, if approved, their courses would be eligible for consideration for Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies credit.

Graduate Curriculum

Graduate courses on gender, women's, and/or sexuality issues taught by members of the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty will be listed by the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Program for graduate students seeking elective credit toward the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, so long as there is no objection from the faculty member’s home department.  The Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Curriculum Committee will vote on the inclusion of the graduate course for the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate or Graduate Minor based on the course description, syllabus, and any other relevant information.

Role of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Director and Core Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Faculty on Committees

Core Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty (those whose tenure lines are in the CGG Department) and the Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Director will be ex-officio members of all standing Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies committees.

Minutes

Minutes of all Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies committee and faculty meetings shall be made available to all Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies faculty within two weeks after the meeting.

Electronic Voting

The Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies program allows electronic voting for matters of Program business, excluding Search committees and/or Executive Committee actions involving confidential personnel matters.  Electronic voting is not intended to replace meetings of the faculty.  Rather, it is intended to allow for wider participation of faculty members in the business of the Program.  In cases in which matters of Program policy, governance, or curriculum reform (new programs or significant revisions to existing programs) are being considered, there will be a meeting of the Program faculty prior to any voting, to allow for a full discussion of the issue.  Following such a meeting, minutes will be provided to members before the electronic voting begins.  Voting will continue for a period of 5 days.  Quorum for electronic voting will consist of those members who cast ballots.  In most votes, a simple majority of votes cast is required for the motion to pass.  For elections, a plurality is required for a member to be deemed elected.  In the case of elections, run-off elections may be held in the case of a tie vote.

Adopted Spring 2001; Amended Spring 2005; Amended Fall 2007; Amended Fall 2009; Amended Spring 2011; Amended Fall 2013

Appalachian State University Boone, NC

Contact

Dr. Kim Q. Hall
Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
hallki@appstate.edu
(828) 262-7603

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