The Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Teaching Fellowships are awarded annually to members of the Rutgers–Camden community who create and teach new face-to-face, off-campus, or online courses that bridge Gender Studies with other academic programs. Proposal for courses in queer studies and masculinities studies are preferred. Fellows receive $1,000 and teach during the fall or spring semester.
Applications for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 are due January 1, 2019.
Gender Studies Teaching Fellows 2019-2020
Christie DeCarolis, Sr. Instructional Designer, Instructional Design & Technology
Gender and Technology (Fall 2019, online)
This course explores gender’s influence on our definitions of and interactions with technology. Students will analyze not only how technology itself is gendered, but the ways in which gender influences technology’s design and consumption. Students will examine how racial and gendered biases influence the design of technology and the resulting consequences. Students will consider how social justice principles can be integrated into technology design and development. This includes examining the evolution of gender in the technology workforce.
Shanyn Fiske, Associate Professor, English
Fictions of Masculinity (Spring 2020, on campus)
This course will explore depictions of masculinity in literature of the West from the ancient Greeks to the present moment. How was masculinity framed and defined at specific historical moments and how have these definitions and frameworks evolved over time? What are the barriers past and present to achieving a cultural ideal of masculinity? How do these ideals differ between racial and economic groups and why? How do ideas and ideals of masculinity become destructive? What are the forces at work at any given historical moment that marginalize certain representations or embodiments of masculinity while reinforcing others and contributing to their cultural dominance? We will be asking these questions of a variety of literary texts across time and space including Homer’s Odyssey; Shakespeare’s Hamlet; Thomas Hughes’s Tom Brown’s School Days; Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye; Richard Wright’s Native Son; Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried; and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club. We will also be reading essays and letters from two digital archives – the American Prison Writing Archive and the Center for American War Letters. We will supplement our explorations in literature and primary sources with critical texts from the growing body of work in masculinity studies. Examples of (excerpted) critical texts include Stephen Whitehead’s Men and Masculinities, R.W. Connell’s The Men and the Boys, and Michael Kimmel’s Guyland.