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CWGS Faculty Development Program

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies is pleased to present our Faculty Development Program. This program is designed to assist in recruitment, retention and promotion of new faculty members by providing them with support of various kinds, including mentors and research funding.

Our goal is to welcome, inform and support our new colleagues. The faculty selected are outstanding young scholars who work in gender studies. We are very pleased to have them as members of the university community.

During the academic year, all of the participants give presentations in the Faculty Development Program Speaker Series. CWGS encourages interested faculty and students from the university community to attend the colloquium series to learn about and engage with the latest research in gender studies from across campus.

This program is part of a broader effort by CWGS to facilitate interdisciplinary research on campus by bringing together scholars trained in different methodologies and disciplinary traditions around a common theme. When interdisciplinary groups of scholars form broader intellectual communities, it also increases the likelihood that these scholars will go on to have successful research and become long standing members of our faculty.

The 2016-2017 Faculty Development Program participants and talk information are:

Erin Lentz (LBJ School of Public Affairs) “Complicating narratives of undernutrition: Domestic Violence and ‘empowerment’ in rural Bangladesh”

October 18, 2016

Glickman Conference Center, Room CLA 1.302E

12:30 - 2:00pm

LentzErin C. Lentz received her PhD in Sociology and an M.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. Erin is currently pursuing two parallel research agendas. First, she examines issues of food insecurity, US and international food aid and assistance polices, and response analysis – the portion of the programming cycle in which an agency identifies what transfer to distribute (cash, food, or vouchers). Second, she studies the relationships among subjective wellbeing, community attributes, relative deprivation, and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa.

Erin has received a Fulbright Fellowship to Bangladesh to research the secondary effects of food aid in local communities. She has worked or consulted with CARE, the United Nations World Food Program, and numerous other international NGOs on markets, food security and food assistance programs. Over the past decade, she has published extensively on these issues in both academic and policy venues. Among others, her research has been in featured in New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio.

Liz Engelman (Department of Theatre & Dance) Title TBD

November 1, 2016

Glickman Conference Center, Room CLA 1.302E

12:30 - 2:00pm

EngelmanLiz Engelman comes to The University of Texas at Austin from Whidbey Island, WA where she worked at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers. A dramaturg and founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, Engelman has served as the Resident Dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre, as the Literary Director of the McCarter Theatre, the Director of New Play Development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and as Assistant Literary Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Engelman has worked on the development of new plays across the country and abroad, including The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College. Engelman has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights' Center.


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