Women's Caucus Awards

Gender Scholar Award

The College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus announces the annual Gender Scholar Award.


  • College of Arts and Sciences faculty (both emerging scholars and established faculty are encouraged to apply)
  • Demonstration of excellence in gender-related research and scholarly activities

Entries are judged based on the overall quality of the work and contributions advancing knowledge in an area of research that has a gender focus.

Award selection

The prize is $1000 and the winner will be asked to present her or his work during the spring 2016 semester to the WMU community.


Nov. 11, 2015



Gender Scholar Award past recipients

  • 2015—Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, School of Communication
  • 2014—Dr. Jean Kimmel, Department of Economics
  • 2013—Dr. Ann Miles, Department of Sociology
  • 2012—Dr. Jocelyn Steinke, School of Communication
  • 2011—Dr. Daneen Wardrop, Department of English
  • 2010—Dr. Chien-Juh Gu, Department of Sociology

Professional and instructional development grants

Due to funding priorities, the professional and instructional development grants have been suspended for the spring 2015 semester.

Members of the Women's Caucus steering committee are reviewing the caucus' spending priorities in light of its mission as well as campus-wide needs. We will post an update in the coming months as to the status of the grant in the future.

Research and conferences

Professional and instructional development grants of up to $500 may be awarded to support full-time faculty to conduct research, present at a professional conference or attend a leadership training conference or workshop. Funds may be used for expenses related to: 

  • Traveling to a conference, workshop, or library or research center.
  • Registration fees and conference or workshop events.

Course development

Funds for course development will only be awarded for new courses or significantly revised courses (proof is required) that focus on gender, and up to $500 may be used for:

  • Expenses associated with the attendance of a conference or workshop related to teaching methods or to a content area taught by the faculty member.
  • Purchase of books to deepen knowledge in a content area taught by the faculty member.
  • Purchase of materials related to the scholarship of teaching to enhance the classroom experience.


  • College of Arts and Sciences full-time faculty.
  • Documented plan to present gender-based research, attend a gender-focused academic conference, or pursue leadership training for women.
  • Faculty who have exhausted other sources of funding and who cannot complete the activity without additional support receive priority consideration.

Award selection

Up to $500 will be transferred to the research accounts of eligible applicants, contingent on available funds.


April 24, 2015 (if funds available)

Final report

Recipients must submit a brief final report within three months following the award receipt, including a summary of how the money was spent and its impact on the recipient's professional development as a scholar, teacher or campus leader.

Professional development grant past recipients

Spring 2014

  • Dr. Christopher Nagle, Department of EnglishPresentation titled "Queer Theory in the Eighteenth Century?" at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 45th annual conference.

Fall 2013

  • Dr. Chien-Ju Guh, Department of Sociology: Presentation titled "Emotional Labor in Performing Confucian Patriarchy: Taiwanese Immigrant Women's Cultural Compliance in the In-Law Hierarchy and Its Impact on Mental Health" at the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) annual conference.
  • Dr. Alisa Perkins, Department of Comparative Religion: Presentation titled "Gender, Morality and Public Religiosity for Muslim Americans in Michigan” at the American Anthropological Association annual conference.

Spring 2013

  • Dr. Whitney Gunter, School of Communication: Presentation titled "Gender Differences in Victimization Trajectories" at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) annual conference.
  • Dr. Cynthia Klekar, Department of English: Presentation titled “Women Don't Ask: Negotiating the Academic Career” at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 44th annual conference.
  • Dr. Rika Saito, Department of World Languages and Literatures: Presentation at the panel titled "Gender in Translation" at the fourteenth annual conference for the Society for Gender Studies in Japanese (SGSJ).