Faculty/Staff Awards & Scholarships
The Jean Giles-Sims Award for Feminist Teaching is presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the principles of Women & Gender Studies and helps to further gender justice on campus. The award recognizes faculty contributions both inside and outside of the classroom. Any faculty member who teaches a WGST-attribute course during the current academic year is eligible to be nominated for the award, however, award recipients from previous years are not eligible for subsequent nominations. Faculty of all genders are eligible.
Procedure: The department solicits nominations for the award in the spring semester. Any student enrolled in a WGST attribute class in the summer, fall, or spring semesters of a given academic year may nominate and vote for a candidate. The winner is announced at the annual Garden Party.
2020-2021: Randa Tawil
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Randa Tawil was voted the 2020-21 Jean Giles-Sims Feminist Teacher of the Year. Dr. Tawil is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies specializing in migration and mobility, ethnic studies, and Arab/Middle Eastern American studies. Students had the following things to say about Dr. Tawil:
“She is so kind, engaging, and passionate about her work. I truly fell in love with her class. She was always accommodating and understanding. She actually talked with us and learned about who we are. I loved the class she taught.”
“She was one of the kindest professors that I have had the honor of learning from. The material she covered in her coursework spanned beyond Women’s and Gender Studies to include the intersection of various groups. She is passionate, kind, and made the online learning environment easier to navigate. Additionally, her continued support of her previous students is admirable and deserving of this award.”
“She is an amazing professor who engages her classes through the entirety of the course (even over Zoom). She is wonderfully kind and takes time to learn about and relate to her students, and she is passionate about the material that she presents which further captivates her classes.”
“She is the best WGST teacher I have come across. All the texts we have read are so fascinating and she knows how to teach very well.”
“She is a great example of dedication and commitment to her teaching. She went above and beyond to help me succeed in the class and in life.”
“She has been one of my favorite professors in my four years at TCU. Her course has been nothing short of a revolutionary experience. Every day she comes to class with a positive attitude, genuine care for her students, and a strong desire to instill the importance of equity and inclusion in every single one of us.”
Congratulations, Dr. Randa Tawil!
2019-2020: Stacie McCormick
2018-19: Amina Zarrugh
2017-18: Margaret Lowry
2016-17: Rima Abunasser
2015-16: Jacqueline Lambiase
2014-15: Hanan Hammad
2013-14: Layne Craig
2012-13: Ariane Balizet & Carrie Leverenz
2011-12: Elizabeth Flowers
2010-11: Rebecca Sharpless
2009-10: Lisa Vanderlinden
2008-09: Theresa Gaul
2007-08: Bonnie Blackwell
2006-07: Karen Steele
The WGST Research and Creative Activity Award is a one-year honorary appointment that recognizes excellence in scholarship and creative activity on women and gender by an affiliated faculty member in Women and Gender Studies at TCU. During the academic year of the award, the award recipient normally presents one public lecture on the scholarship or creative activity recognized by the award.
Claudia V. Camp is the John F. Weatherly Professor Emerita of Religion at Texas Christian University, where she taught from 1980-2016. She has published three monographs, (most recently Gender and the Rise of Canon Consciousness: Ben Sira and the Men Who Handle Books); six edited collections; and numerous articles on the interpretation of biblical wisdom and narrative literature. Her work is always grounded in feminist criticism, but she explicitly intersects that perspective with a wide range of disciplinary approaches: literary, anthropological, and socio-historical. She has served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies program at TCU, as well as on the SBL Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. For the past 12 years, she has been co-general editor for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament monograph series.
WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021-22 CLAUDIA V. CAMP RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY AWARD! FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING DETAILS ON HOW TO APPLY, CLICK THE LINK BELOW!
This year’s recipient of the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award is Assistant Professor of Narrative Medicine, Dr. Lauren Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell delivered a lecture on the subject of her research, titled “Alienating Aesthetics: Performance Art and the Medical Imagination,” on Thursday, March 25 at 5:00 PM. You can watch the virtual lecture here, using passcode C2ezSu. This recording includes a written transcript of the event.
2019-2020: Elva Orozco Mendoza (Political Science)
2018-2019: Antoinette DeNapoli (Religion)
2017-2018: Charlotte Hogg (English)
2016-2017: Francyne Huckaby (Education)
2015: Babette Bohn (Art History)
2014: Jeannine Gailey (Sociology)
2013: Amy Freund (Art History)
A Short History of Women’s Studies/Women & Gender Studies at TCU by Claudia V. Camp
When I arrived at TCU in 1980, there were few women in tenure-track positions in AddRan (maybe a half dozen, though there were others in Education and Nursing). Priscilla Tate and Jean Giles-Sims had begun talking the previous year about a possible women’s studies program, and a small group of us continued to meet about it in the early 80s. These conversations also typically included a quite different issue as well, namely, getting a child care center on campus. Notably, despite at least two significant feasibility studies done over the years (Linda Haviland Moore, now retired from Social Work, was involved in these and could tell you more about it), there was never any movement on this front. The fact that it took 15 years from first conception to get the academic program in place will tell you something about the effort involved. The problem, as much as anything, was not outright opposition, but rather how few women there were to work on it and child care as well. Also, of course, there was some sense of vulnerability since, when we started, I don’t think any of the main participants were tenured. So, to my recollection, work on the project ebbed and flowed over that first decade: there was a lot of conversation in the early 80s, but not much movement; then, in the late 80s and early 90s, with more women around, and more of us tenured, the conversation picked back up again. When Priscilla became Associate Dean she, with Jean, received the blessing of the Dean, Mike McCracken, to really get a program on the books. I was deeply involved in the program development generally, and Linda Hughes and I were responsible for the first course proposal for the Senior Capstone course.
Even so, when the program started in 1994, we had little more than the minimum of courses needed for the minor requirement (in addition to the new WOST intro and capstone, I think there were only about 6 or 8 discipline-based WOST designated courses available). And thus things more or less remained for the next decade, through Jean’s and my tenures as Directors. It would be interesting to see how the numbers of women faculty did or did not change through that period (in Religion, e.g., we hired a second woman in 1981 and then not another one for almost another decade). And, of course, it took time for what newly hired women there were to establish themselves at TCU.
Though the program remained small throughout my tenure, there was increased student interest—more students taking courses and participating in events, even if not actually minoring—largely because of the close working relationship I had with Marcy Paul, who was director of the erstwhile Women’s Resource Program in Student Development. This mutually supportive relationship between the academic program and Student Development was one of the positive aspects of TCU’s program, and quite important for our students at the time, who also included some men (see the photo on the first brochure!). There were other initiatives during my time as Director that only came to fruition afterwards: I initiated and began development of the graduate Certificate program, and also worked on the early stages of what became the Women and Gender Institute.
After stepping down as Director, and up to the time of my retirement in 2016, I continued teach WGST designated courses and to serve on various committees, most recently chairing the student awards committee and organizing the student research presentation event in the spring semesters. I also served, with Joanne Green, as Interim Co-Director of WGST during Spring 2015, when Theresa Gaul was on leave. During that time, I led the development of new by-laws for the program and worked with Joanne in administering the program and hosting a range of events.
WOST, now WGST, has obviously boomed in the past 6 years, and clearly Theresa’s impressive leadership has had a great deal to do with that. Her leadership has helped channel what seems to me an underlying boom of more women faculty in general, more tenured women faculty, and more faculty of whatever gender who align themselves with feminist values. I’ve always enjoyed learning about the research of my colleagues and been frustrated at the lack of opportunities to engage with and celebrate their accomplishments. Thus, when I had some funding associated with my Weatherly professorship, I organized and funded what have become the annual Celebrations of WGST Faculty Research and Creative Activities. These events are, to my mind, what real celebrations should be—food! wine!—and succinct but memorable presentations of the amazing research accomplishments of women and men at TCU.