Wagenschein Research Enhancement Awards Given to 10 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Members

Published: May 02, 2016

Wagenschein Research Enhancement Awards Given to 10 College of Liberal Arts Faculty Members

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ten faculty members from the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have received Wagenschein Research Enhancement Awards.  

The awards, which total $8,000 and must be used by August 2016, were given to support a specific research project related to women and gender studies, and can cover such items as project costs, research assistants, and/or research-related travel. The research projects will further the Wagenschein Foundation’s objective to support women and gender studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The recipients are:

The Department of Communication and Media

  • Ms. Brooke Friley, Assistant Professor of Communication
  • Dr. Diana Ivy, Professor of Communication

The Department of Psychology and Sociology

  • Dr. Bilaye Benibo, Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Michael Ramirez, Associate Professor of Sociology

The Department of Social Sciences

  • Dr. Helen Yu, Assistant Professor of Public Administration

The Department of English

  • Dr. Jason Farr, Assistant Professor of English
  • Dr. Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan, Assistant Professor of English
  • Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos, Assistant Professor of English
  • Dr. Jennifer Sorensen, Assistant Professor of English

The Department of History

  • Dr. Laura Munoz, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Miriam Wagenschein, who passed away in August 2011, was a native of Kingsville, Texas. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Texas, a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and her doctorate from Stanford University. In 1972, she was hired as an academic planning consultant to start the College of Arts and Humanities, now the College of Liberal Arts, at Texas A&I Corpus Christi, now Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After the college was created, she became dean.

In the 25 years Wagenschein was at the University, she was a feminist pioneer and outspoken champion of gender studies in South Texas. She taught the University’s first course in women’s studies and helped found the University’s Women's Center for Education and Service. By the time she retired in 1998, the University was offering a variety of gender studied courses in topics ranging from human sexuality to domestic violence.