The Center for Gender Studies
Radford University
Annual Report: 1998-99

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In February and March, lights often burned late at the Center as people worked together to finish projects in time to meet conference deadlines. The Center has been a hive of activity this year as our largest ever team of students (eight graduate and three undergraduate) worked together on research projects and programs. The work paid off. One group of students traveled together to Savannah to present papers on at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting. Posters presented by members of the Center's research team made up just under half of those in the Gender Attitudes session causing more than one onlooker to wonder out loud: "Another one from Radford! Just what is going on at Radford University, anyway?" The experience was an empowering one particularly for the students who had never before attended, let alone presented at, a professional conference.

Students had another opportunity to present and discuss their work at the Fourth Radford University Student Research Conference on Gender, sponsored by the Center. This year's conference had an international theme: Gender and Culture: Weaving Connections. The theme was echoed in discussions of such issues as sexual harassment of working women in India, gender role comparisons between U.S. and Ukranian women, the American Indian concept of Two-Spirit People, in a dance performance that articulated the strength of women working together in community, and perhaps most of all, in a keynote address that focused on women's changing roles in post-Communist Eastern Europe. The conference drew 136 formal registrants, as well as a number of parents and friends who stopped in briefly to see a particular session. The enthusiasm and energy was high and, as usual, RU students acquitted themselves well.

Something else contributed strongly to the international "feel" of this year: I traveled to New Zealand on a Fulbright-sponsored award to give three weeks of lectures. The experience was remarkable. I had the opportunity to visit and speak at all of the major New Zealand universities, to meet a wide variety of people, and to get some ideas about what gender-related issues are cause for concern in a country where the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, and thirty percent of the members of parliament are women. The trip strengthened my belief that it is critically important for us to spend time gaining international experience in order to remind ourselves that there are many ways of doing things, of thinking about things, of looking at the world. It also underlined for me the increasing ease with which it is possible, with computing technology, to forge and maintain contacts across huge distances. During my absence from Radford, I was able to stay in touch with students and colleagues via e-mail and was able to provide, on the Center's Web site, my schedule, the texts of some of my lectures, and photographs of the places I visited. This information is still up on the Web site, along with all the other pages about such things as our conference, the student researchers, and Friends of the Center. I invite you to visit the Center's New Zealand Award Lectures site (http://gstudies.asp.radford.edu/sources/nz/keyintro.htm ) to get a good overview of who we are and what we do at the Center.

I am grateful for the support of many people in helping the Center to have another successful year. In particular, I thank Dr. Marie Waters and Ms. Jo Alderman, for their strong efforts in raising funds for the Center, Dr. Ann Ferren and Dr. Ivan Liss for believing strongly enough in our conference to make institutional funding available for this year, the members of the Advisory Board, for many kinds of support, and to the students and other volunteers whose energy and teamwork fueled so many of the Center's undertakings.

Hilary M. Lips, Director

The Year's Activities (1998-1999)

Presentations Sponsored by the Center:

Women's Voices: International Perspectives. Dr. Moira Baker, Department of English, Radford University. Dr. Jolanta Wawrzycka, Department of English, Radford University. Dr. Janet Wagner, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Radford University. The presentation was sponsored by the Center for Gender Studies, January 19, 1999.

Dr. Irene Frieze, Professor of Psychology, Business Administration, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Courtship Behavior and Stalking in College Students: How Should We Draw the Line Between Them? The presentation was co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and the Center for Gender Studies, April 16, 1999.

Dr. Irene Frieze, Professor of Psychology, Business Administration, and Women's Studies, University of Pittsburgh. Responding to a Changing World: Women's Roles in Post-Communist Eastern Europe. Keynote address at the Fourth Annual Radford University Student Research Conference on Gender, April 17, 1999.

The Eleanor Kemp Award:

A fund to encourage and support undergraduate research and scholarship was established some years ago in memory of Dr. Eleanor E. Kemp. Dr. Kemp was a dedicated professor of psychology at Radford University for many years, and was a founding member of the Center for Gender Studies. This year, one award was presented in a brief ceremony at the Student Research Conference on Gender. Dr. Marie Waters, who was responsible for initiating the awards, made the presentation. Congratulations to the Kemp Award recipient of 1998-99: Jill Cook. The title of Jill Cook's research project was "Gender, Focus on Physical Appearance, and Feelings About Powerful Roles." She presented her findings from this project at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference, March 20, 1999, and at the Radford University Student Research Conference on Gender.

Presentations by Center Personnel:

      Back, S., & Lips, H. M. (1998, August). Child sexual abuse: Blaming the victim, blaming the parents. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

      Cook, J., & Gibb, L. (1999, March). Gender, focus on physical appearance, and feelings about powerful roles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Cook, J. (1999, April). Gender, focus on physical appearance, and feelings about powerful roles. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Dagenhart, J. (1999, April). Statistical analyses reveal support for reliability within the Lips Academic Self-Review Survey. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Gibb, L., & Hudson, G. (1999, March). Successful roles: Expectations associated with power. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Hudson, G., & Morse S. (1999, March). Current self-evaluation in relation to future roles. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Hudson, G. (1999, April). The disempowering effects of violence against women in the media. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Hudson, G., & Gibb, L. (1999, April). Successful roles: Expectations associated with power. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Lips, H. (1999, February). Award, rewards, and gender: The invisibility of women's achievements. Invited lecture, Women's Studies Department, Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand.

      Lips, H. (1999, February). Attraction and ambivalence: Young women and men's visions of power. Invited lecture, Massey University, Albany, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, February). Attraction and ambivalence: Gendered perceptions of power. Invited address, as part of the Feminist Scholarship Lecture Series, Waikato University, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, February). Gender and educational pathways to power. Keynote address, annual meeting of the New Zealand Federation of University Women, Auckland, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Gendered possibilities: Academic choices and pathways to power. Open Humanities Lecture, University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Gender, power, and leadership. Invited lecture, Massey University at Palmerston North, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Women's reactions to powerful women. Invited address, Palmerston North regional chapter of the New Zealand Federation of University Women. Palmerston North, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Investigating gender and power: A researcher's journey. Invited lecture, Women's Studies Department, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Awards, rewards, and gender: The invisibility of women's achievements. Invited Public Lecture, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). A new psychology of women: Gender, culture, and ethnicity. Invited lecture, as part of the Series on Doing Feminist Scholarship, Women's Studies Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Women, the Nobel Prize, and other awards. Invited lecture, Christchurch branch of the New Zealand Federation of University Women, Christchurch, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Young women's and men's views of power. Invited lecture, Women's Studies Department, Otago University, Dunedin, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Women, education, and economic participation. Keynote address, Northern Regional Seminar, National Council of Women in New Zealand, Auckland, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Gender issues in education. Invited Roundtable discussion. Ministry of Education, Wellington, NZ.

      Lips, H. (1999, March). Issues of power and achievement for women. Invited Roundtable discussion, Ministry of Women's Affairs, Wellington, NZ.

      Lips, H., & Rogers, M. (1999, March). Powerful roles and relationships: An uneasy combination? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Meier, V. (1999, April). Linking gender and perceptions of power: A comparison of students in the US and Puerto Rico. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Morse, S., & Wrisley, E. (1999, March). Possible future roles according to gender. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Morse, S., & Wrisley, E. (1999, April). Gender differences in perceived possible future roles. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.


      Murthi, Meera. (1999, April). Sexual harassment of working women in India. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Potter, M., & Rogers, M. (1999, March). Students' images of possible selves as scientific researchers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Rice, M. (in collaboration with), Bryant, J., Bass, J., Dodds, K., Duckett, C., Hartman, J., LaPrarie, V., Hampton, K., Takada, M., Sawyer, R., & Hori, A. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Rogers, M., & Lips, H. (1999, March). Gender and patterns of academic possibilities. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Rogers, M., & Lips, H. (1999, April). Patterns of possibilities in academic disciplines. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

      Wrisley, E. (1999, March). Effects of female body shape on perceiver's social judgments. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, Savannah, GA.

      Wrisley, E. (1999, April). Effects of female body shape on ratings of intellectual competency. Paper presented at the Fourth Annual Student Research Conference on Gender, Radford University.

Publications by Center Personnel:

      Lips, H. (1999). A new psychology of women: Gender, culture, and ethnicity. Mountain View, California: Mayfield.

      Lips, H. (1999). Issues of power and risk at the heart of the teaching/research nexus. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 23. 215-217.

Grants, Awards, Honors:

      Cook, J. (1999). Inducted into Psi Chi, National Honor Society of Psychology.

      Cook, J. (1999). Inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.

      Lips, H. (1998). Co-recipient (with Susan A. Freedman) of the Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Award, presented by the Feminism and Family Studies Section of the National Council on Family Relations.

      Lips, H. (1998). Distinguished American Scholar Award, New Zealand-United States Education Foundation.

      Rogers, M. (1998-99). Awarded the Jennifer Blythe Bade Memorial Scholarship.

People Who Kept the Center Going in 1998-99

Director: Hilary M. Lips

Graduate Research Assistants: Ellen Wrisley and Sandra Morse

Student members of the research group: Jill Cook, Jennifer Dagenhart, Leslie Gibb, Ginger Hudson, Victoria Meier, Meera Murthi, Melanie Potter, Michelle Rice, Melanie Rogers

Advisory Board: Jill Alcorn, Mary Atwell, Margaret Devaney, Carol Engelhardt, Linda Farynk, Mary Ferrari, Dianne Friedman, Alastair Harris, Ginger Hudson, Dorothy Mercer, Sandra Morse, Nora Reilly, Melanie Rogers, Lynn Saubert, Sarah Speir, Ellen Wrisley

Conference Planning Committee: Jill Cook, Jennifer Dagenhart, Leslie Gibb, Ginger Hudson, Hilary Lips, Victoria Meier, Meera Murthi, Melanie Potter, Michelle Rice, Melanie Rogers

Conference Program Committee: Nora Reilly, Chair, Mary Atwell, Mary Ferrari, Randee Huber, Rita Kranidis, Melanie Rogers

Co-chairs of the Friends of the Center Campaign: Marie Waters and Jo Alderman

Friends of the Center for Gender Studies: Ms. Jo Alderman, Alliant Techsystems, Ms. April Asbury, Ms. Sudie Back, Dr. Thomas Bruneau, Dr. Carolyn Byerly, Ms. Dawn Bullen, Dr. Beth Carlson Nelson, Dr. Jeffery L. Chase, Dr. Sue Conrad, Dr. Steve Culver, Dublin Animal Hospital, Dr. Ann Elliott, Ms. Anna Fariello, Ms.Linda Farynk, Dr. Mary Ferrari, Ms. Janet M. Hahn, Ms. Sue Plunkett Hill, Mr. James Hughes, Ms. Bonnie Hurlburt, Ms. Brenda Lott, Dr. Curtis McKee, Dr. Dottie Mercer, Ms. Cindy Mikoychik, Ms. Margaret Moore, Dr. Nancy Morehouse, Dr. Nora Reilly, Mr. Robert Richards, Dr. Paula Stanley, Dr. Anna Stewart, Dr. Ellie Sturgis, Honorable & Mrs.James C. Turk, Dr. Janet Wagner, Dr. Marie Waters, Ms. Jane Wemhoener..

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