LSU Women’s and Gender Studies
Strategic Plan 2010-2020
The mission of Women’s and Gender Studies is to provide students with an appreciation
of gender's importance for women and men, to develop students' understanding of women’s
roles in a wide range of disciplines, to foster interdisciplinary research related
to women’s and gender studies, to contribute to a better understanding of diversity,
and to provide a pool of expertise concerning women and gender upon which various
communities can draw.
Women's and Gender Studies will continue to build on its outstanding record of research,
teaching, and service:
- interdisciplinary, innovative, and engaged research, publication, and creative work
focusing on the role of gender and sexuality in twenty-first-century culture and society.
- innovative pedagogies that provide students with critical thinking skills applicable
to disciplines ranging from the humanities to the sciences.
- the production of an engaged citizenry with an understanding of gender, sexuality,
and women's roles in a wide range of disciplines, periods, cultures, and texts.
- productive engagement and collaboration with diverse cultures and communities at the
local, national, and global level.
- the importance of understanding and incorporating diverse perspectives as both scholars
and students of gender and sexuality, and as engaged citizens.
- interdisciplinary and collaborative action in our scholarship, classrooms and community.
- creation of a diverse community that is inclusive, responsive, committed, egalitarian
1. Discovery: continue supporting and producing innovative scholarship and creative
work that advances our understanding of gender in the twenty-first century and contributes
to creating a more engaged and educated citizenry on issues of gender and sexuality.
Support innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative Women's and Gender Studies
scholarship and creative works.
- Publications (single-authored books, articles in refereed journals, filmmaking and
video production, scholarly editions of primary literary and cultural texts, edited
book series, journals, and essay collections.)
- Grants, fellowships, and awards
- Evidence of national and international significance of work. Indicators might include
citations (scholarly and otherwise), use (inclusion on course syllabi, reading groups),
membership on editorial boards, invited lectures and readings, and conference presentations
- Number of faculty conducting interdisciplinary and collaborative research and creative
- Maintain and seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support for interdisciplinary
research and collaboration leading to publication both in print and in the visual
arts and digital media.
- Encourage faculty to form collaborative groups that foster interdisciplinary projects.
- Forge more connections with other interdisciplinary programs and departments.
- Work with the College and University to hire more faculty workin in the field of Women's
and Gender Studies.
- Establish and create incentives for faculty to provide mentorship and feedback on
work in progress and grant applications
- Track interdisciplinary publications more effectively as well as the impact of interdisciplinary
research in the university, local, national, and international community.
- Update program website to better advertise faculty accomplishments.
- Encourage use of the faculty listserv to make faculty members aware of publication
opportunities across disciplines
- Provide time and resources to support journal editors and encourage new journals,
including innovative electronic journals.
2. Learning: continue providing and expanding a curriculum that advances students'
understanding of gender and women's roles in a wide range of disciplines, periods,
cultures, and texts in order to prepare them to meet the life and career demands of
an increasingly complex, globalized world.
Improve opportunities for critical thinking through interdisciplinary study among
- Evidence of critical thinking skills in written and multi-media work in WGS courses
- Increased participation in ASPIRE (Arts&Sciences Program in Research)
- Portfolios of graduating concentrators, including research
- Low class size for written, research, and service-intensive courses
- Number of students enrolled in WGS courses
- Organize student colloquia on interdisciplinary topics
- Organize pedagogical workshops for WGS faculty to explore techniques for teaching
topics in gender across disciplines
- Continue exit interviews with graduating concentrators
- Increase participation in campus-wide initiatives, such as CxC
- Maintain adequate faculty to keep classes small
- Increase number of students enrolled in WGS courses
Expand opportunities for engaged learning among undergraduates
- Number of service-learning courses
- Number of student interships
- Begin to explore alternative modes of teaching and ways to reach non-traditional students,
such as distance learning classes
- Increased WGS faculty-student dialogue about diversity
- Maintain and seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support for faculty
participation in service-learning
- Maintain and seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support to expand
curriculum in service-learning
- Maintain and develop community connections to sustain and increase service-learning
and internship opportunities
- Seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support to invite guest speakers
to promote awareness of diversity
Expand opportunities for graduate research and professional training
- Number of professional development workshops (such as grant-writing, job materials,
conference abstracts) for graduate students
- Number of graduate student reading groups
- Number of graduate students who present at conferences and other colloquia.
- Maintain and seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support for graduate
- Maintain and seek to increase University, College, and Departmental support for increased
faculty involvement in graduate student mentoring
3. Diversity: continue to enhance student learning through exposure to diverse cultures,
increased diversity in WGS classes, and increased diversity among WGS faculty.
Enhance student learning through exposure to diverse cultures
- Number of courses in WGS concentration that address issues of diversity
- Number of WGS “courses of related interest” that focus on diversity-oriented content
- Number of students traveling to/interacting with different cultures
- Increase the number of WGS rubric courses related to diversity
- Work with department, college and university administrators to secure more course
releases for existing faculty
- Work with college and university administrators to hire more WGS faculty Increase
the number of opportunities for students to interact locally with different cultures
(Service-Learning, LSU’s Center for Community, Engagement, Learning and Leadership,
partnership opportunities with local Baton Rouge community organizations)
- Work with departments offering “courses of related interest” to improve tracking of
offerings and develop new ones
- Encourage more WGS concentrators to study abroad either in summer session or academic
semester and identify sources of funding to facilitate such travel
- Increase the number of international exchange students in the WGS concentration
- Encourage student participation in local organizations that focus on diversity issues
Increase diversity in WGS classes
- Degree of student diversity by race, gender, sexual orientation, class, nationality,
etc., in WGS classes
- Target minority and underrepresented populations for WGS classes
- Target minority and underrepresented populations for WGS concentration and provide
sufficient mentorship so that they complete the program
- Explore outreach and partnerships with BRCC and Southern University
Increase diversity among WGS faculty
- Number of WGS faculty members who represent diverse races, ethnicities, sexual orientations,
- Increase recruitment of existing faculty at LSU to WGS from targeted areas mentioned
above and provide sufficient mentorship to assist them in their careers
- Work with university administrators to increase hiring and retention of WGS-oriented
faculty from diverse backgrounds
- Work with department, college, and university administrators to increase the number
of visiting international professors and target for research and teaching partnerships
with WGS during their time at LSU
4. Engagement: create and strengthen connections with partners to enhance research,
teaching and service that will benefit local and global communities.
Strengthen and expand the connections of faculty, staff and students with the community
- Number of students engaged in community activities and outreach
- Number of community programs and events in which WGS student, staff and faculty are
- Number of service-learning classes taught by WGS faculty and graduate students
- Work with the College and University to provide support for service-learning courses.
- Publicize WGS activities, including outreach events, more widely, including through
the use of social media
- Provide information on the website about WGS speakers available for community events
- Invite experts from the community to speak in classes and at WGS events
- Strengthen outreach activities such as “Community Connections” and “Friends of WGS”
programming by including community members in planning and implementing activities
- Promote the adoption of service-learning in WGS courses with assistance from the Center
for Engagement, Learning and Leadership
- Encourage faculty to apply for service-learning grants
Foster research, teaching and service that can improve local, regional, and global
- Number of classes that focus on improving communities
- Number of faculty and graduate student applications for internal and external grants
for research and teaching involving community engagement
- Number of publications of faculty and graduate students related to community engagement
- Number of awards received and grants awarded to faculty and graduate students for
research and/or teaching that involves community engagement
- Explore collaborative research, teaching and service with other universities and units,
such as the LSU Law School
- Work with the University and the College to identify ways to support faculty and graduate
student travel to conferences related to community engagement
- Encourage and support faculty and graduate student grant applications to facilitate
research with community engagement
- Collaborate with local organizations and other units at LSU to solicit funding to
invite presentations on community engagement projects in WGS classes, WGS Research
Series, and other events and to develop networks in the community that will lead to