Proposal for a Center for Women's...
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Title: Memorandum from Pete Hildebrand to members of the Women's Studies Executive Committee and to Helen Safa, Anita Spring, and Sandra Russo
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Title: Memorandum from Pete Hildebrand to members of the Women's Studies Executive Committee and to Helen Safa, Anita Spring, and Sandra Russo RE: proposal for a Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
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Publication Date: November 12, 1993
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    Proposal for a Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research
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November 12, 1993

Re: Proposal for a Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research

To: Members of the Women's Studies Executive Committee
and to Helen Safa, Anita Spring, Sandra Russo

Leslie Lieberm an and I took your suggestions and revised our first drarf of th
Center proposal. We also drafted a letter to Dean Harrison and made an appojnitnr.-
with him for Wednesday, November 24. After his input, we probably need to rtvise
again and mail it to Dr. Holbrook with whom Leslie and I have an appointment on
December 10.

Sorry, we did not get this to you earlier. Please look at the proposal draft :,: .s
letters and bring in your corrections, comments and suggestions. We will dis:';, i!: ;::i
r-ct Tuesday, Novem er 16 at 2:;30 p.m. during our Executive Committee n.;: ii h '(
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P R 0 P OS A L

Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research


The mission o. the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research shall

1. linking the existing strength of University of Florida scholars and students in a
new, future oriented educational enterprise.

2. offering a broad based, interdisciplinary education to undergraduate and
graduate students to prepare them to understand the relationship between gender and

3. enhancing Ihe education and training of faculty and professionals in research.
theory and application of gender and diversity issues to classroom and other activities.

4. creating opportunities for students and faculty to conduct interdisciplinary
research needed to understand critical gender issues in the US. and internationally.

5. serving the Alachua County area and the state of Florida.

Rationale nnd P.iac~rro:nd:

IThe success cf the Women's Studies Program is closely tied to the scholarly
productivity of its fat:ulty. Although women's and gender studies is the research focus of
many faculty members in various UF colleges, at this time their efforts ar. isolated and
scattered. There is no centralized, collaborative research agenda to which scholars from
various units and dis,'iplines can contribute. However, many researchers have expressed
the wish to develop i. mechanism that would facilitate research on women anld Plener
issues. An increasing number of graduate students from many disciplines have indicated
their interest in developing their skills by participating in such a research environment.

The necessary base for such a program is already in nlace in the. form of an
undergraduate program in Women's Studies (in Spring 1994. eight courses with a WST
prefix and 25 cross-.iiJted approved courses will be taught), two graduate certificate
programs with gender emphasis, and a faculty already actively engaged in gender-related
research. However, concerted efforts must be made to organize a Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research. the strength of the existing Womnen's Studies Program
(CLAS) and the Woinen in Agricultural Development program flFAS) serve as a solid
foundation for organizational development,

in the U.S. there are opportunities for large grants in the area of women's and
gender studies. Centralized coordination of experts on the IIF camps would facilitate
the preparation of grant proposals to secure/obtain support for research, curriculum
development, and training. (Attached see a list of interested scholars at UF). In addition
private tunds can be 'lapped it proper fundraising strategies are developed,

Past Efforts to Bring Together UF Schoiars. Thfe Women's Studies Proaram has
show-cased gender scholarship through its Colloquium Series for six years This fall a
faculty theory seminar was started upon request from colleagues who wanted to read and
discuss cutting-edge theory in the field. Roundtable discussions of graduate students
focus on current temilist theory. A new initiative last August brnulht new faculty
together at a retreat for information sharing and networking, Our semi-annual
newsletter and occasional updates reach an audience of 500 members of the university
and Gainesville community. Our committee structure reflects our effort to hring
together faculty from different disciplines and colleges. Our Executive Committee.
Advisory Committee, Curriculum Committee and Liaison Committee meet at frequent
intervals. We have developed collaborative activities with the Women in Agricultural
Development (W1AD), the Center for Latin American Studies. the Center for African-
American Studies, the Center for Gerentological Research, the Ham Museum of Art,
the Institute for the P,,ychological Study of the Arts. Student Services. City of GaineFsvill
Commission of the St;tus ot Women and the City of Gainesville Division of Nature and
Culiura Operations.

Last years two day symposium, "Women and Politics in the 1990s." and this year's
four-day Florida Statewide Women's Studies Conference (April 1993) brought together
national and international researchers to our campus. Next spring, panel discussions are
scheduled on topics that will bring together members from different disciplines and their
perspectives. '"The two-day symposium. "Constructin. a New Discourse on Age and
Gender," (February 994) is especially designed to include scholars and practitioners
I-oni ifii t s.

Graduate Eduation. Various meetings of faculty across campus have recently
been held to discuss the future of graduate studies in Women's/Gender Studies. We wish
to expand the "Gradluate Certificate in Women's Studies" program, which i, open to all
UF graduate students. 'The Women's Studies Program has received approval to offer
four graduate courses; under the WST prefix. A number of the Women's Studie. faculty
members as well as some department heads are interested in the recently approved
program making it possible to institute a "Cluster Ph.D." with a focus on Women's
Studies. During the a!ast two years .... Ph.D. dissertations and .... master's theses with a
gender focus were written (see addendum listing these dissertiaions and theses) in
various departments. The proposed center would enhance research fujndino and
opportunities for botl faculty and graduate students.

Research Potential, Future Collaboration. Over the last two vears the Women's
Studies Program has initiated contact with the College of Medicine, Nursing. T aw,
Education, Journalism, and the Fine Arts. It is also important that Women's Studies
initiate collaboration with the new College of Natural Resources and Environment so
women's issues and gander research will be part of the proposed environmental degrees.
The need was articulated to establish a structure through which individual researchers
could work together on multidisciplinary grant proposals. An urgency to develop various
intercollegiate workshops related to gender issues was also voiced,

Grant Writing in the Area of Women's Studies, Individual researchers in the area
ot women's/gender std dies at UF have already shown that they can he srccessfil in
competing for grants. 'Many have received large grants (see appendix listing scholarly
articles and grants received). Through collaborative projects they can multiply the funds
coming into UF. Man' ot these successful women are willing to cooperate in a grant
writing ventures to which their expertise could contribute, Others would like to continue
their grant writing on an individual basis but use the umbrella and resources of' a Center
for Women's Studies ilnd Gender Research. Moreover, the Center would provide a
structure for encouraging successful senior researchers to mentor junior faculty in their
attempts to obtain cxtmrnal grants.

Fundraising from Private Sources. The Women's Studies Program has located
various funding sources for women's programs. Internallv we raised funds through facnllv
donations via salary deductions, through grants for our conferences from the nrovost.
dean, ORGE and other departments units. We initiated two major mailincq to CrfAS
and Business Administration alumnae to be followed nu with a phone campaign. A 'rono
called "Friends of Women's Studies" has raised money through book sales. '!iincheons and
other activities. In a special campaign we were able to raise $ 14,000 to initiate an
endowment for the newly created Irene Thompson scholarship Fund. Professor
Thompson (English) was the founder and first director of the Women's Studies Program.

'bese efforts in the fiscal years 1991-1992 and 1992-1993 have netted
approximatiey $ 50,000,

A major initiative to fundraise tor the renovation of the historic Women's Gvm to
be the new Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research has been started in
collaboration with the Provost. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. College of
Architecture, and the UF Foundation. The. Provost has allocated $ 5.000 of initial vlans
to remodel the interior ot this building, and two architects are in the process of drawing
up plans to accommodate a Center for Women's Studies.

Staff of Center for Women's Studies and Gender Rceanrrch

Director. 'the Director has a background in Women's/Gender Studies. a strong history of
scholarly publication;; and academic administrative experience. S/he administrates aind
coordinates the Cenmer's activities, including academic programs, fundraising, colloquia,
special events, community, national and international collaboration.

Associate Director. The. Associate Director has a background in Wotmen's/Getder
Studies, a strong history of successful grant writing, and scholarly publications. S/he
brings together major researchers and investigators at UF, and with their help identifies
major research projects in the area of women's issues and feminist/gender research for
which grants are available (major focus on education, medicine, law, journalism,
agriculture, world economics or other). S/he also collaborates advising students and in
lundraising with the Director of the Center.

Executive Committee, 'lis Committee is comprised of 13 to 15 members of the
Women's Studies faculty representing disciplines with a strong focus on gender studies.
It develops policy for academic programs, degrees, research initiatives, findraisinr.,
define the mission and goals of the Center.

e caching Faculty. Present Status: The Women's Studies faculty consists of (a) Director
(teaching one course): (b) approx. 50 affiliated faculty (teaching courses approved by
Women's Studies in their own departments): 2 adjunct lecturers (teaching one course
each per semester with WST prefix); visiting professor (DAAD exchange, teaching two
courses per semester); TAs (see below). Requested for Fail 1994: A search for two
additional half-time faculty with teaching obligations in Women's Sturdipe

Graduate Teaching A!sistants. The three to four graduate teaching assistants are
necessary to teach out growing beginning WST' courses. Presently, the enrollment is 60
each semester for the core course WST 3010, and we expect this number to increase.
Therefore we need to offer more sections. Since it is a Gordon nule course, w'e need

Research Faculty: Faculty members from the Center and affiliated faculty members
across campus engaged in gender research, desiring to use the umbrella of the Center for
their work, (There are already approximately 50 60 members interested in such

Graduate Research Assistants. The half-time research assistant assigned to the
Associate Director aids the development of research coordination and other nece.arv

ta sks. The four halt-time research assistants assigned to the Director aid in a multitude
of tasks such as production and distribution of the newsletter, national surveys
fundraising, deveiop:inent of Women's Studies library, coordinate colloquia and speakers
tor events such as conferences and symposia. library research for director's scholarly

Administrative Assistant, The administrative assistant mannages the offir staff of the
Center, does the accounting, setting up filing systems, organizes receptions, oversees the
activities of the WST Art Gallery, provides information on women's studies to campus
local and national inquiries, processes appointments, oversees arrangements for
conferences, com oile course schedules.

Secretary. 'The secretary handles the correspondence, answers the phone. receives
visitors, types manuscripts and other documents, orders supplies and books/journals.
oversees the Center': liihrary.

Work Study Students;. Four work-study students complete office tasks such as xeroxin~,
answering the telephone, mailing, holding, typing, up-dating mailing lists, and other
activities assigned by the Administrative Assistant.


1. Spring 1994 (Women's Studies Program Activities)

a) Put forth iiaterials to establish a Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research for FY 1994-i9.5 (.luty I 't4 start np)

b) Hold February symposium "Constructing a New Discourse on Age and
Gendei' with funding from ORGE, CLAS, Florida Humanities Council,
AARP and the Women's Jr. Leapue. of Gainesviiie.

d) Teach 9 W'ST prefix courses and others for WST certificate credit.

e') Develop cilister Ph.i). in Women's Sludirs.

f) Host Dr. Katharina Liebsch, a teaching scholar with funding from the German
Acade ic Lxchange program (I AA.;.

g) Hold a bi-weekly colloquium series.

h) Arrange R aduate student and faculty forums on gender issues.

i) Fundraise for the renovation of the Women's Ciymnasium for the new Center
for Women's Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR).

j) Submit proposal for a Summer Teaching institute on gender issues in the

k) Recruit tacaity for WST fall courses.

1) Collaborate on activities for Women's Historv Month (March).

II Summer 1994 (Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research'

a) Appoint an Associate Director.

b) Identify research strengths in gender studies on campus.

c) Investigate appropriatee research projects and funding agencies.

d) Meet with rT'sear.ehers and interest groups on campus to discuss the
feat ibiliti: *'f (cerjahin pro-ijc ts.

e) Facilitate grant proposal development and submission.

f) Hold SuIrnmmr Institute OT gender in the classroom.

g) Plan Fall N:w Faculty i eticat.

til. Fall i.'1'.1

a) Contact faculty returning from summer absences and integrate them ino grant
writing projects ot initiate new proposals.

b) Develop and submit grant applications of the Ceniter.

c) Facilitate de't'elopment and submission of grant applications trom other units
Ofi capu_

d) Develop intercollegiate workshops promoting mentorship for young faculty on
preparing grant propo';als.

e) Prepare proposal for a cluster Ph.D. Program in Women's Studies.

f) Collaborate rn activities for People Awareness Week and other campus-based

g) Hold "Womi'tn in German" national conference. October 23-26.

h) Host another exchange faculty member (who would teach WS I courses)
funded hy DAAD ((Cernnan Academic iExchange).

(continue othei usual functions of the Center e.g. newsletter, colloquium,
fundraising, teaching, advisement)

iV. Spring 1995

a) Work with interdisciplinary groups who are planning and preparing grint
piopnosaLs. Write and 9ubinjt p:oposoTs.

b) Evaluate and expand intercollegiate workshop pilot program on mentonng
young faculty on writing and preparing grant proposals.

c) Plan a conference on "Gender Studies: The futuree oi Reicalii.'

d) Participate in Women's l-istory Month.

el Conuin,.e to funlraVe.

continuee other usual itnctions of the Center)

V. Summer 1995

a) Assist in co:npleting research proposals to be submitted fo: iali deadlines.

b) Holds Summer Training Institute on gender issues in the classroom.

c) Con tinu .i. dtaising.

d) Writes FY 1994-95 report. for the Deans and Vice-President Holbrook on the.
pro-g^es- o1 hle CeOnter for .

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(depenldinf on Dr. Krart's contract)

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Administrative Assistant (1.0 FIE)

Sect eav (i.i 'TE)

3-4 Graduate Research Assistants
(0.5 F'I at 8,OO each

3-4 Graduate .1'eaching Assistants

2 Adjunct teachingg !+acu!ty'
(0.5 FF7t S 17..500 each

1 Faculty to teach Summer H 94/95
(0'5 '- Fl F)

3-4 Work Stud; Student'6s
(0.25 FIE at $ 600 each)

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$ 24.000 32.000

S 10.000 12,000

$ 1.800 S 2.400

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Operating Expnseas (OE) $ 12,1000

Libraly Allocalio!n (WS') 5 2,h
Publication (newsletter, announcements
conference, pt'oce.ding) 1.S'\")
Colloquiumr Series
Annual SympoWiumi/Conference 5.000

TotJ Y 25,0PN;

T" 7i item is based on a possible search for two .'acul't for Wome n's Studies (and another department).
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Annd;ron Hall 8 Oainesvill(, FL 32611 Telphone: (904) 392-3365 Fax: (904) 392-4873

Dr. Willard W. Huraison
Dean, Coliege of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2014, Turhngron Hall

November 12, 1993

Re: Research component of Women's Studies

Dear Dean Hainiso

After a meetitr with Dr. Holbrook on September 27th, 1993, the Women's
Studies Executive Committee decided to add a strong research component to the
Women's Studies Proeram and to rename it "Center for Women's Studies and Gender
Research." Ideas that were part of an earlier concept (international Institute tor Gender
Studies) were incorporated in the expanded mission of the newly proposed Center.

The attached document proposes the establishment of a Type 11 Center with the
addition of an Associate Director for research to coordinate and develop collaborative
efforts in gender rese arch. We are asking Dr. Holbrook to fund the Associate Director
and two half-time graduate assistants plus some expenses for FY 1.994/1995. We
anticipate that external funds will soon partially cover the cost of personnel and
operating expenses. ,

The other items in the budget reflect former requests for the Women's Studies
Program (for staff, etc.). It is an estimate of our formal budget request due in Spring

We are very confident that with this initiative and with start-up money from the
Office of Research arid Graduate Education we will be able to bring in grants which
would provide considerable overhead for future administrative needs.

I have made an appointment with your office for me and Dr. I ieberman on ..... to
discuss the project wia:h you.

H1irect V,. Kr.ifi
Director Womens Stuchde Program

S.t-' University of Florida

\j Anidcrson Hall 8 iajicsville, I, 32611 Telephorne: 904) 392-3365 Fax: (904\ 392-4S73

Dr. Karen Holbrook
Dean and Vice c; .;i:icnt, ORGE
-- Gri 'ier H.all

!Novenber 14, 1993

Re: Research component of Women's Studies

DcUiN 11. i-THolbook,

Our conversation at your office on September 27, 1993, with Maureen Turim
(English) stimulated Iihe development of a research component for Women's Studies.
The Executive Comniittee and interested faculty across campus have prepared the
enclosed proposal to 'change the Women's Studies Program to a Center for Women's
Studies and Gender Research. This Center will remain within the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences and can be created with or without special support.

However, if wi:, established a viable cross-campus collaborative research and grant-
writing program on a large scale, we need some initial support from URGE. Women
faculty on the UF campus have been successful researchers and with the coordination
and symbol of the nev Center could bring in considerable outside funding. See the
attached list of womel interested in collaborating in our Center who have successfully
applied for grants. soine of them already in the area of gender research.

We propose ar initiative spanning one academic year and two summers (FY
1994/1995). During this time period we will promote research efforts and submission of
group proposals as well as mentoring workshops designed to aid young faculty m learning
the skills of grant writing. If we are successful, both personnel costs and operating
expenses will be partially funded through these external funds.

The budget accompanying the proposal for the new Center includes requests from
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and from ORCE. We are akin your office to
fund an Associate Director who will have primary responsibility for this research
initiative, and three to four half-time research assistantships in addition to the three half-
time teaching assistants we had in the past.

We are very confident that with this initiative and withthhis start-up fii, .... we
will be able to bring in grants which would provide considerable overhead for future
adtminstrativc needs.

Your secretary put me and Dr. Lieberman actinge Women's Studies Director
during my sabbatical Ihis Spring) on your calendar for December 10th. Dean ar-rison
has received a copy o:I: our proposal as well, and we will discuss the project with him
before our meeting.

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