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Southern Oregon University

Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies

Barbara Scott Winkler

Office: SORSI Bldg.
Phone: (541) 552-6750

I received my Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I taught my first classes and studied women's studies programs. As part of a collective of senior graduate students I learned the theory and practical applications of feminist pedagogy, experimenting with small group exercises and developing dialogue between class readings and class members' lives. I took part in the organizational life of the program, including discussions around collective governance and issues of racism. My research on four women's studies programs further familiarized me with the institutional history of women's studies. The experience of travelling around the country to interview nearly 200 students, teachers, and staff about women's studies was especially exciting.

After finishing my dissertation, "A Comparative History of Four Women's Studies Programs, 1970-1985; I was hired by West Virginia University in December 1993. In addition to teaching the introductory course, I introduced new courses into the WVU curriculum, including "Women's Movements since 1960" (which originally focused solely on the United States and is now internationally based), "Sexuality in American Culture," and "Women, Race, and Class." I also organized faculty development seminars on various women's studies topics, including feminist teaching and learning. With Carolyn DiPalma (University of South Florida) I coedited Teaching Introduction to Women's Studies: Expectations and Strategies that was published by Bergin and Garvey in 1999.

I was hired by Southern Oregon University in August 2000 to be the Director of Women's Studies (currently Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies); this is both an administrative and teaching appointment. I supervise the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies practicum, various research and reading and conference classes for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies minors, and teach the introductory course, WS 201: Women in Society. I am also developing several new seminars, including WS 301: International Women's Movements, which has been accepted for GED Synthesis credit. I also organize the administrative work of the program and collaborate with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Council. I am involved in national women's studies, as a long-term member of the National Women's Studies Association and co-representative of the Northwest Region. I also participate in the SOU Multicultural Curriculum Task Force and am a member of the planning committee for the Southern Oregon Stop Hate Crimes Conference.

With my husband, Gregory N. Scott, and my daughter, Anya Qingxin Scott, we are thriving transplants to the southern Oregon region. Our diverse family background has contributed to my developing interest in women's experiences internationally.