A beloved and dearly missed women’s studies faculty member, the late Dr. Mary F. Rogers, was an inspiration to students, colleagues, and administration here at UWF. Friends remember Rogers as a “champion of the underdog and the underprivileged,” and fellow UWF personnel do not hesitate to reflect on her brilliance as an academic and successes in the classroom. Dr. Rogers taught courses in feminist theory, social change and reform, social justice and inequality, and qualitative research. Her legacy lives on, not only in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, but through the annual presentation of the Mary F. Rogers Women’s Studies Award.
2015 Recipient, Rosalind Fisher
Professor Rosalind (Roz) Fisher, is a distinguished faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology. Her professional interests include gender studies, race and ethnicity studies, inequality, and social policy. These interests are reflected in the courses she regularly instructs, such as Inequality in America, The Family, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and Social Problems. These classes regularly draw students from a variety of disciplines and remain among the most successful in the Anthropology, Archeology, and Women’s Studies Departments.
2016 Recipient, Dr. Jamie Snyder
Dr. Jamie Snyder, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2011. Dr. Snyder’s current research interests include the victimization of college students, intimate partner violence, crime prevention, criminology, and problem-oriented policing. She has been published in Violence Against Women, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Women & Criminal Justice, the American Journal of Criminal Justice, the Journal of Criminal Justice Education and WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. She teaches a wide variety of courses including victimology, research methods, drugs and crime, crime prevention, and criminological theory.
2017 Recipient, Dr. Dione King
Dr. Dione King is an Assistant Professor in the UWF Department of Social Work, with degrees from the University of Georgia and Spelman College. Dr. King’s research primarily focuses on health behaviors and health disparities that impact the adolescent and young adult life experience. Her research has been informed by direct practice experience with children and families in juvenile justice, child welfare, education, nonprofit and homeless/transitional housing settings. In 2015, Dr. King was recognized as the National Association of Social Work (NASW) Northwest Florida unit’s Social Work Educator of the Year. Dr. King seeks to develop social workers who are prepared to respond to the unique and evolving needs of the profession while remaining sensitive to the needs of all clients served particularly those from marginalized, vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds.
2018 Recipient, Dr. Kelly Bushnell
Dr. Kelly Bushnell, is a visiting instructor in the UWF English Department, an activist, and an ally. She is on the Women’s Studies Faculty Advisory board and is an active volunteer in the community. Bushnell is a professor of Victorian Literature and specializes in Victorian ecofeminism. Giving of her time and talents, Bushnell volunteers regularly at campus and community events. She was an organizer for the 2017 Pensacola Women’s March and a panelist for the film screening of “Equal Means Equal,” a documentary that explores the history of equality for women in the United States and examines the need for a new Equal Rights Amendment. A marriage officiant, too, Bushell offers her services to marry LGBT couples and, rather than accepting a fee, requests a donation be made to an LGBT charity of the couple’s choice. Bushnell promotes intersectionality and supports marginalized women both in her research and in her actions. In August, she will be the humanities scholar on an all-female expedition to the Arctic. While there, she will scout out, document, and report back on climate change while also mentoring Inuit girls.