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KU seeking approval for master’s, doctoral program in women, gender and sexuality studies

October 18, 2010, 12:13 p.m. Updated October 18, 2010, 12:31 p.m.

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— Kansas University is seeking approval from the Kansas Board of Regents for a master's and doctoral program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

The proposal will be before the Council of Presidents on Thursday. If approved, it will be sent to a committee of the Kansas Board of Regents. The earliest the full regents could consider it would be in December.

Officials say demand for such studies has increased in academic, governmental and non-profit sectors that work on human rights, and in the private sector, as businesses look to improve the workforce climate.

An external review team met with faculty, students and staff in May and concluded there is demand for the program and KU is ready to take it on.

“That this faculty is highly qualified for implementing a doctoral program in women's, gender and sexuality studies is beyond doubt,” said the review team, which included leading professors from women's studies programs at the University of Michigan, University of Maryland and Emory University.

“We have no doubt that the time is right, the resources are adequate, and faculty and administrators' support for this program all promise a successful program,” the review team said.

“Women's Studies is one of the most swiftly growing fields of inquiry to emerge in the past 40 years, generating one of the most significant and influential shifts in academic thought in recent memory,” the team said.

Among Big 12 universities, only Texas has a master's program in Women and Gender studies.

No extra costs or financing is necessary for the program, which will be within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

KU has been working on offering a doctorate in the subject since 2008.

John Younger, director of Women, Gender and Sexual Studies at KU, said a doctorate in the area “will be a great addition to KU, to Kansas and Midwest.”

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75x55 3 years, 6 months ago

volunteer - isn't that exactly where all this garbage started?

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LogicMan 3 years, 6 months ago

Serious questions, to hopefully be asked:

Except for teachers/professors of this (or any other) topic, in what specific job titles would graduates of this program be employed in Kansas?

Are these positions going unfilled, or are out of staters being hired to fill them?

Are there existing degree programs in the state, with sufficient capacity, that already provide or even better prepare folk for these careers?

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volunteer 3 years, 6 months ago

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bearded_gnome 3 years, 6 months ago

KU-cynic: Here we are a couple years later, and starting this new Ph.D. program is a priority? What about expanding nursing school admissions? What about expanding the program to train science and math teachers? Surely there's not financial slack for everything and anything, so what's the priority?

---you obviously are an oppressor! these groups so desperately need their victimology studies here in Kansas! get with it, otherwise they'll ship you off to their reeducation camps.

besides, when I was an undergrad (not at KU) I didn't need a degree program to study the opposite sex.

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KU_cynic 3 years, 6 months ago

And I can't resist another dig at this idea.

A couple years ago when the budget crisis began to bite KU leaders gnashed their teeth and wailed about how they'd have to curtail admissions of highly demanded nursing students, and perhaps shutter a new program to train math and science teachers.

Here we are a couple years later, and starting this new Ph.D. program is a priority? What about expanding nursing school admissions? What about expanding the program to train science and math teachers? Surely there's not financial slack for everything and anything, so what's the priority?

It doesn't take a vice-chancellor of public relations to see what the right answer needs to be for a university that has been very unsuccessful at communicating with the state legislature, now does it?

Or maybe, distressingly, it does.

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TinkyWinky 3 years, 6 months ago

The need for persons with a Ph D in gender role programs is ugly high right now. Most corporations are looking for that gender Ph D.

Bwahahahaha

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yourworstnightmare 3 years, 6 months ago

KU_cynic hits the nail on the head.

UMKC is actually considering doing away with doctoral programs with small numbers of graduates. KU should consider doing the same, and should carefully consider whether a new MA/PhD program is the most responsible thing to do right now.

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kubacker 3 years, 6 months ago

The answer is Bernadette wants it!

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KU_cynic 3 years, 6 months ago

Here's a crazy idea: How about KU fixes what is so obviously wrong in so many of its doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences (incredibly high years-to-degree stats, poor placement, etc.) before starting another one? Based on public "time to degree" statistics on KU doctoral programs in the humanities and social sciences, it could be a decade until anyone graduates from this new program. See recent LJW story and links within: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2010/oct....

And here's another crazy idea: in an era of scarce resources, why start a new Ph.D. program and incur incremental costs of hiring new faculty? If the answer is: it won't cost anything or much, then KU obviously already has too many faculty idling away in women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

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