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Villanova University Partnership with Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium Enriches Student Experiences in Gender and Feminist Scholarship

Shauna MacDonald is co-director of the Gender and Women's Studies program.

Shauna M. MacDonald, PhD, associate professor of Communication and co-director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was appointed director of the Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium—deepening an ongoing partnership between Villanova University and the Consortium. Dr. MacDonald’s three-year term began in August 2018 and brings new opportunities for Villanova students to benefit from collaborative programming and scholarship in the discipline.

Villanova’s Gender and Women’s Studies program challenges students to engage with the discipline through courses and programming that challenge sex-biased generalizations and stereotypes. Students learn to think critically about alternative solutions to the problems of the world and the contributions of its people.

“I am excited about the opportunity this presents for Villanova students and look forward to continuing the work of supporting feminist scholarship throughout the region,” said Dr. MacDonald. “Feminist conversations are needed now as much as ever.”

Founded in 1993 as part of the Greater Philadelphia Human Studies Council, the Consortium comprises fourteen member-institutions in the tristate area that promote collaborative programming in women's, gender and sexuality studies. As director, Dr. MacDonald works closely with member institutions to organize an annual Scholar in Residence program, coordinate the annual student research conference and create opportunities for networking among Gender and Women’s Studies faculty and students throughout the region.

The consortium’s Student Research on Women, Gender, and Sexualities Conference will be held on April 5, 2019. Villanova will host the conference for the third consecutive year in conjunction with the University’s own Annual Gender and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference. Keynote speaker and 2019 Scholar in Residence is Uma Narayan, PhD, professor of Philosophy and the Andrew W. Mellon Chair, Vassar College.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.