Spotlight: Professor Achieves Tenure in the Political Science Department
|Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2011||Return to Archive|
The Political Science Department would like to congratulate Dr. Victoria Gordon on accomplishing tenure.
Dr. Gordon is beginning her seventh year of teaching this fall at WKU.
“It’s a nice acknowledgement from colleagues that you’ve met the standards of their perspective of tenure,” Dr. Gordon said.
As a self-described goal-oriented person, Dr. Gordon said this is a great professional goal that she’s achieved
Her career began in city and county government before she decided to pursue a higher degree as other obligations in her life began to lessen.
After collecting many “horror stories” throughout the years from women in the work force, her newest research is focused on the utilization of maternity benefits.
Women in higher education are worried about starting families and how it would affect their tenure.
Dr. Gordon’s research includes women employed in public and private universities, as well as those within the private sector of the pharmaceutical industry.
While this newest research has not yet been published, Dr. Gordon’s findings in “What Have We Done to Our Daughters? An Exploration of the Utilization of Maternity Leave Benefits,” suggests that there is a “disconnect between official policies in organizations…and the perceptions of the employees of those organizations with regard to utilization of maternity leave benefits.”
As a new grandmother herself, Dr. Gordon became concerned about the future of these women and how they perceive their future.
Dr. Gordon has also published numerous articles in the areas of HR management and economic development.
As a professor at WKU for five years, Dr. Gordon has come to favor her students and the good dialogue she experiences in her graduate level classes with the mixture of older and younger students.
Dr. Saundra Ardrey was selected for a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to South Africa from July 2017 to June 2018.
Ashleigh Cleary, an IA major, and Dr. Rich co-authored an article in the Taiwan Sentinel on same-sex marriage legislation and public opinion in Taiwan. https://sentinel.tw/attitudes-gay-taiwan/
Stella Treumann, an international affairs major from Germany, and Dr. Timothy Rich co-authored an article on Taiwanese perceptions of Syrian refugees. Treumann conducted an experimental web survey... https://sentinel.tw/taiwan-syria-refugees/
Rich received the University Research/Creativity Award at the 2016 Presentation of Faculty Awards for his scholarly contributions to East Asian politics.
Political Science Student, Barrett Greenwell, presented his thesis research at the Pi Sigma Alpha Conference.
Alexandria Knipp, a WKU student from Olive Hill, has been awarded a prestigious U.S. Foreign Service Internship from the U.S. Department of State.
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