Doctoral student Sara Carrigan Wooten receives Best Article award at 2017 Curriculum Camp


LSU College of Human Sciences and Education Doctoral Candidate Sara Carrigan Wooten won the Annual Award for Best-Peer-Reviewed Curriculum Theory Article during the 2017 Curriculum Camp for her work, Gender and Education.

The $100 award is given annually to a Master’s or Doctoral student in LSU’s School of Education who has published in a peer-reviewed journal with an article related to curriculum theory. The article can be interdisciplinary, connected to the disciplines (English, History, Social Studies, Math, Science), or philosophical in nature and must have been accepted by or published by a national or international journal within the 2016 calendar year.

In this piece, Wooten applies the theory of the hidden curriculum to the discourses that surrounds sexual assault cases on campuses of higher education. She writes that “this paper aims to challenge the framework by which rape and sexual assault prevention in higher education are being constituted by centering Black women’s experiences of sexual violence within a prevention and response policy framework.”

Through her use of critical discourse analysis, Wooten finds that the language defaults to a white, heterosexual women as a victim, an assumption that then goes on to influence prevention, and in limited ways ignores black women’s experiences of sexual assault.

Like much of her work, she is asking hard but necessary questions. She is embarking on ambitious projects that demand she build relationships and trust to influence larger changes in policy and practice.

Wooten was also awarded the Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) award in January for her publication, co-edited with CHSE Associate Dean Roland Mitchell, The Crisis of Campus Sexual Violence. In addition to being selected as an OAT, Wooten & Mitchell's volume was highlighted on the Top 25 Favorites list of the Choice editors.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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