As I reflect on the past year, it’s hard to believe how much we’ve accomplished. Receiving departmental status and moving to the new School of Interdisciplinary Studies ushered in a tremendous amount of change and growth. We launched our BA and BS majors in fall 2018 and ended our first year with ten WGST majors. We graduated our first WGST student, JR Hardy, with a BS in Women & Gender Studies.
In the fall, we will continue to build the department by conducting a search for our first full-time tenure-track faculty member in Women & Gender Studies, who will start in the fall of 2020. This new hire represents decades of work and advocacy by WGST affiliates and will be a turning point in our department’s history.
Fall 2019 marks our 25th anniversary. Our Theme Semester, “Looking Back, Looking Forward: 25 Years of Women & Gender Studies,” will feature diverse programming that will explore where we’ve been and where we’re going—both as a department and more broadly in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies—as well as celebrating a quarter century at TCU. Keep an eye out for our stimulating line-up of events.
Our goals for next year involve strengthening the department’s relationship with campus and community organizations, launching several efforts to recruit majors, as well as continuing to advocate for resources for the department, including tenure-track faculty lines.
Dr. Jeannine Gailey
Chair, Department of Women & Gender Studies