Research and Scholarship

The McNulty Institute seeks to build a vibrant interdisciplinary research environment to engage faculty and students in scholarship related to women’s leadership and the broader field of Gender and Women’s Studies, which will lead to transformative thinking and inform policy change.

Research initiatives in development for 2019:

  • Idol Summer Fellows Program
  • Gender, Work, and Family Scholars Community  

Idol Summer Fellows Program

Mission: The McNulty Institute Idol Summer Fellows Program fosters interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration through an immersive residency program targeted at addressing the most pressing issues and challenges related to gender equity. Fellows engage across disciplines to enhance their individual and collective scholarly work and explore cross-disciplinary approaches. The Idol Fellows Community is built upon this foundation, with opportunities for
collaboration, development, and dissemination of research.

Vision: To build the body of scholarship that drives advancement of gender equity.

A Committee of Villanova faculty representing all six colleges, met in summer of 2019 to set the foundation for this new program, generously endowed by the Idol Family Foundation. This committee includes; Camille Burge, Assistant Professor (CLAS); Travis Foster, Assistant Professor (CLAS); Sunny Hallowell, Assistant Professor (FCN); Jennifer O'Hare, Professor of Law (VSL); Narda Quigley, Professor of Management (VSB);  Quinetta Roberson, Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership and Professor of Management (VSB); Bridget Wadzuk, Professor (COE).

The group is currently finalizing the structure and call for proposals with a goal to offer the inaugural cohort in Summer of 2020. Look for more information on this developing program in the Fall Semester.

Gender, Work, and Family Scholars Community

Gender, Work, and Family Scholars: this cross-disciplinary Community of Scholars on the topic of gender, work, and family was formed din Spring of 2019. Open to all Villanova Scholars, members meet quarterly, and shared their scholarly profiles, relevant syllabi, and opportunities for funding and collaborative research.

Gender, Work, and Family Scholars:

Terri Boyer, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Women's Leadership
Associate Professor, Counseling and Education (CLAS)

Sherry Burrell, Ph.D., RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Nursing (FCN)

Cheryl Carleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Economics (VSB)
Director, Villanova Women's Professional Network

Heather Cluley, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Assistant Professor, HRD (CLAS)

Kathryn Getek Soltis, S.T.L., Ph.D.
Director, Center for Peace and Justice Education
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics (CLAS)

Melissa Hodges, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminology (CLAS)

Karyn Hollis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Director, Cultural Studies (CLAS)

Shauna M. MacDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication (CLAS)
Director of Programming, Gender and Women Studies

Linda Maldonado, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing (FCN)

Aly Meloche
Adjunct (VSB)

Helene Moriarty, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Diane L. & Robert F. Moritz Endowed Chair in Nursing Research (FCN)

Narda Quigley, Ph.D.
Professor of Management (VSB)

Rachel Skrlac Lo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Education (CLAS)

Amy K. Way, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication (CLAS)

Rebecca Lynn Winer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, History (CLAS)