Women's and Gender Studies Program Advisory Committee

A faculty Program Advisory Committee consults on curricular matters, chooses scholarship and award winners, and advises on vision and programming.

Ellise Adams

Dr. Ellise Adams
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing

Teaching and research interests: Clinical expertise in maternal-child nursing and advanced practice nursing; teaching responsibilities: Family Nurse Practitioner II Women's Health, Professional Practice in Nursing II, Family-Centered Parent-Infant Nursing; research interests: non-pharmacologic pain management in the laboring patient, birth philosophy in intrapartum nursing, epistemology of intrapartum nursing.

Angela Balla

Dr. Angela Balla
Associate Professor of English

Teaching and research interests: Early modern English literature and religion, especially Milton, early women writers, the history of persecution and toleration, ethical and political theory, poetics.

Ann Bianchi

Dr. Ann Bianchi
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing

Teaching and research interests: Clinical expertise in maternal-child nursing and community health nursing, research interests in pain relief methods for laboring women, normal birth issues, teaching-learning strategies.

Sandra Carpenter

Dr. Sandra Carpenter
Professor of Psychology, Past Director of Women's and Gender Studies

Teaching and Research Interests: Psychology of Women, Cross-cultural Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality, Culture Change in Bonaire, Teamwork, Security in Pervasive Computing.

Nancy Finley

Dr. Nancy Finley
Past Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Emeritus Associate Professor of Sociology

Jill Johnson

Ms. Jill Johnson
Associate Professor of Art

Teaching and Research Interests: Painting, drawing, and Time-Based Media, Contemporary drawing practice, with a conceptual interest in psychoanalytical theory, French feminist criticism, particularly as these things apply to narrative, identity and the body.


Dr. Leslie Kaiura
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages / Spanish

Teaching and Research Interests: 19th-century and early 20th-century Spanish prose and drama, women's and gender studies, violence against women in literature and culture, Spanish for health care workers and other professional applications.


Dr. Sherri Messimer
Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests: Manufacturing Systems Analysis, Artificial Intelligence/Critiquing Systems

Rose Norman

Dr. Rose Norman
Women's and Gender Studies Events Coordinator, Past Director of Women's and Gender Studies, Emeritus Professor of English

Christine Sears

Dr. Christine Sears
Associate Professor of History

Teaching and Research Interests: world history, Early American history with an emphasis on the early American republic, comparative slavery, history of gender, pirates and privateering.


Dr. Christina Steidl
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Teaching and Research Interests: Social inequalities, particularly the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; the organization and operation of educational systems and their effects upon the individuals in them; the construction of narratives and spaces related to memory and identity; and classical social theory.