Gender Scholar Award

About

The Women's Caucus, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences promotes an academic culture of inclusiveness at Western Michigan University in research, teaching, service and administration.  To support and encourage efforts in this area, the Women’s Caucus offers this award annually for a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in gender-related research and scholarly activities.   

Award winners receive a plaque/award, are honored at the college faculty and staff award ceremony held during the spring semester, and will be asked to present their work publicly during the spring semester at a WMU community event.  In addition, award winners receive $1,000, which is deposited into their departmental WRAP account, which can be spent following university policies for WRAP expenditures.

Dr. Rika Saito, Department of World Languages and Literatures2022 Recipient Information | Dr. Rika Saito

 

Dr. Rika Saito is a professor and advisor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University.

Born and raised in Tokyo, Saito worked there as an editor and journalist specializing in Japanese language education and intercultural communication. She taught Japanese language and literature at the University of Delaware from 2005-07. Saito joined WMU in fall 2007.

Saito has written several articles in Japanese. In addition, her recent publications include:

  • Language of Feminine Duty: Articulating Gender, Culture, and Covert Policy in Modern Japan (PeterLang, 2021)
  • “Taishō roman no unda feminisuto: Yamada Waka & Kakichi no kyōdo to shisō (Feminists born in the period of Taishō romance: Collaborative thought and work of Yamada Waka & Kakichi) series nos.1-11” Kotoba (2010-2020)
  • "Transmissive Feminism: The Evolutive Mind As Displayed in the Overseas Letters of Yamada Kakichi to Yamada Waka" in New perspectives on Japanese Language Learning, Linguistics, and Culture, edited by Kimi Kondo-Brown, et. al. (Honolulu, University of Hawaii, National Foreign Language Resource Center Publications, 2013),163-81.
  • "Writing in Female Drag: Gendered Literature and a Woman's Voice" in Japanese Language and Literature, No. 2, Vol. 44 (Fall 2010): 149-77.

Deadline for Nominations

Nominations are due February 15 of every academic year while funds are available.

Nominee Eligibility

  • All board-appointed College of Arts and Sciences faculty, both emerging scholars and established faculty, are eligible. 

Criteria for Award Selection 

  • High quality work and contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus. 

Required Self-Nomination Materials 

  • Cover letter describing how you meet the criteria for this award. 

  • A copy of your curriculum vita 

  • A sample of your research or creative activity that best represents your accomplishments and potential relative to this award. 

Submit a Nomination

Please provide a cover letter describing how your achievements and work meet the criteria for this award.
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If You Have Questions 

Please email Anna Popkova (anna.popkova@wmich.edu), co-chair of the CAS Women's Caucus, with any questions or concerns.