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My L.L. Stewart Scholar project brings together faculty members from the four units (Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Anthropology) that make up the new School of Language, Culture, and Society in the College of Liberal Arts to develop a number of innovative initiatives in the School’s signature area of global justice. To date, we have offered a workshop on engaged scholarship led by Dr. Lorilee Sandmann of the University of Georgia and a seminar on building a culture of scholarship led by OSU’s own Dr. Tammy Bray. Additionally, the project has particularly focused on service learning and in May 2011 offered a workshop led by Dr. Kevin Kesckes of Portland State University. We sent a team of four faculty (one from each unit) to the International Institute on Partnerships at Portland State University and provided a one-week summer faculty seminar on service learning that is leading to a spring 2012 team-taught service learning course in our School. We are also planning a service learning symposium for the 2011-2012 academic year. The project is also supporting an interdisciplinary effort that reaches across most of OSU’s colleges to apply for an NSF ADVANCE institutional transformation grant to enhance faculty success, particularly for faculty from diverse backgrounds, in STEM disciplines. These efforts, supported by the L.L. Stewart Scholar program, are allowing us to develop innovative, transdisciplinary experiences and programs that support our emphasis on social justice and help us build a sense of community and improve the climate for diversity in our school and on campus.
Susan M. Shaw is professor of Women Studies and Transitional Director of the School of Language, Culture, and Society. A native of Rome, Georgia, she holds a BA from Berry College, an MA and PhD from Southern Seminary, and an MAIS from Oregon State University. She is author of God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society (University Press of Kentucky, 2008), co-author of Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music (University Press of Kentucky, 2004), and co-author and co-editor of Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 5th edition (McGraw Hill, 2011) and Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Women (McGraw-Hill 2010).