Women's Caucus Awards

Gender Scholar Award

The College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus announces the annual Gender Scholar Award.


  • College of Arts and Sciences faculty (both emerging scholars and established faculty are encouraged to apply)
  • Demonstration of excellence in gender-related research and scholarly activities

Entries are judged based on the overall quality of the work and contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus.

Award selection

The prize is $1000 and the winner will be asked to present her or his work during the spring 2014 semester to the WMU community.


Jan. 21, 2015



Gender Scholar Award past recipients

  • 2014 - Dr. Jean Kimmel, Department of Economics
  • 2013 - Dr. Ann Miles, Department of Sociology
  • 2012 - Dr. Jocelyn Steinke, School of Communication
  • 2011 - Dr. Daneen Wardrop, Department of English
  • 2010 - Dr. Chien-Juh Gu, Department of Sociology

Professional development grants

Professional development grants of up to $500 may be awarded to support full-time faculty who wish to present gender-based research, attend a gender-focused academic conference, or pursue leadership training for women.


  • College of Arts and Sciences full-time faculty
  • Documented plan to present gender-based research, attend a gender-focused academic conference, or pursue leadership training for women
  • Faculty who have exhausted other sources of funding and who cannot complete the activity without additional support receive priority consideration

Award selection

Up to $500 will be transferred to the research accounts of eligible applicants, contingent on available funds


Oct. 31, 2014
Feb. 27, 2015
April 24, 2015 (if funds available)



Professional development grant past recipients

Spring 2014

  • Dr. Christopher Nagle, Department of English - Presentation titled "Queer Theory in the Eighteenth Century?" at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 45th annual conference.

Fall 2013

  • Dr. Chien-Ju Guh, Department of Sociology - Presentation titled "Emotional Labor in Performing Confucian Patriarchy: Taiwanese Immigrant Women's Cultural Compliance in the In-Law Hierarchy and Its Impact on Mental Health" at the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) annual conference.
  • Dr. Alisa Perkins, Department of Comparative Religion - Presentation titled "Gender, Morality and Public Religiosity for Muslim Americans in Michigan” at the American Anthropological Association annual conference.

Spring 2013

  • Dr. Whitney Gunter, School of Communication - Presentation titled "Gender Differences in Victimization Trajectories" at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference
  • Dr. Cynthia Klekar, Department of English - Presentation titled “Women Don't Ask: Negotiating the Academic Career” at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 44th annual conference.
  • Dr. Rika Saito, Department of World Languages and Literatures - Presentation at the panel titled "Gender in Translation" at the fourteenth annual conference for the Society for Gender Studies in Japanese (SGSJ).