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Past Social Justice in the Classroom Award Recipients

2020 Social Justice in the Classroom Awardees

Diane M. Ciekawy, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences

Information forthcoming.

Risa Whitson, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences

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Risa Whitson holds a PhD in Geography from Pennsylvania State University and is an Associate Professor in Department of Geography and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University. Dr. Whitson’s research focuses primarily on the social geographies of gender – including surrounding issues of work and reproduction – and qualitative research methods.  Much of her research has taken place in Latin America, but she has also conducted research in the context of Appalachian Ohio.  In addition to her co-authored book Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context, Dr. Whitson has published articles numerous journals, including Social and Cultural Geography; Gender, Place, and Culture; and the Annals of the Association of American Geographers.  Dr. Whitson has been teaching at Ohio University for 16 years.  Her courses focus on transnational women’s and feminist issues, qualitative research methods, and social geographies.  In addition to working with students in Geography and WGSS, she is also active affiliated faculty in the Center for International Studies.  Dr. Whitson’s most recent research project focuses on using participatory artistic methods to explore women’s experience of forced displacement in the Colombian conflict. 

2019 Social Justice in the Classroom Awardees

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Pamela A. Kaylor, Ph.D., Associate Lecturer

As a faculty member at Ohio University Lancaster, Dr. Pamela Kaylor teaches courses in two departments: WGSS and Communication Studies.  She teaches classes in qualitative research, gendered communication, intercultural communication, and rhetoric.   Her dissertation was an analysis of the rhetorical strategies of a Kentucky Equal Rights Advocate who was later inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame

Pamela serves on several committees, including the Executive Committee and is a faculty representative for three student groups including Allies for Human Rights.  An activist, Kaylor has organized several  events at OUL for many years, including Take Back the Night, Celebrate Women (13 years), the Clothesline Project, and many gender/culturally focused events.  In COIL, she directs collaborative work between OUL students and students in The Netherlands and Mexico.

Her community work includes serving as Board President for the domestic violence shelter, serving on the steering committee for an annual recovery conference, and has served a board member for OAESV.  For her university and community service, she has been recognized, including Professor of the Year (2017), a COIL Fellowship (2016), an International Women’s Day Award and Senate Citation (2015) and the Jane Johnsen Women of Vision Award (2016)


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Lisa A. Wallace, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Dr. Lisa A. Wallace is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies on the Ohio University -Chillicothe campus. After earning her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University in 1994, she has taught at the public school, community college, and university levels.  Currently, she teaches a wide range of courses in Communication Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Dr. Wallace’s research and scholarly interests are primarily in the area of instructional methods, resulting in the publication of textbooks in the areas of intercultural communication, women’s studies, and public speaking.




2018 Social Justice in the Classroom Awardees


Lisa Harrison, Associate Professor, Patton College of Education

Dr. Lisa Harrison is an associate professor of Middle Childhood Education (MCE) at Ohio University where she also serves as the MCE program coordinator. She earned her Ph.D. in Middle School Education at the University of Georgia. She teaches general methods courses in middle childhood education and teacher action research. Her research interest focuses on issues of equity and social justice in middle level education and teacher preparation. She also explores racial identity construction and the lived experiences of African American young adolescent girls.





Sara Hartman, Assistant Professor, Patton College of Education

Dr. Sara L. Hartman is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Teacher Education at Ohio University. She earned a Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning from the University of Nebraska and has research interests related to school-university-community partnerships in rural early childhood settings. She has over 11 years of experience teaching children ages PreK-8th grade in a variety of settings and is the co-founder and current board president of the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery. Dr. Hartman also works closely with local schools, serving as the faculty coordinator for early childhood teacher candidates who are working in the field. Dr. Hartman teaches courses in the Teacher Education Department, and believes that future teachers must understand the value of using their knowledge to promote tolerance within educational settings. As a teacher, she strives to prepare teacher candidates who possess the knowledge to identify injustice and the courage to do something about it.

2017 Social Justice in the Classroom Awardees

Bayyinah Jeffries, Ph.D.


Dr. Bayyinah S. Jeffries is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Ohio University. Previously, she worked as Director and Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies program and co-director of the Race Culture Studies major at Eastern Washington University. Dr. Jeffries has also held positions at California State University, Northridge in the Department of Pan African Studies and Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of African American Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in African American and African Studies from Michigan State University, Master of Arts from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University.

Dr. Jeffries' research focuses on African American social movements, comparative black history, Black Nationalism, African American women's history, 20th century African American history. Issues of identity in relation to the intersection of race, gender, and religion.


Ashwini Ganeshan, Ph.D.

Dr. Ganeshan is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages here at Ohio University. She earned her PhD from UT Austin. She is passionate about Spanish and Linguistics and her research focuses on how we use language to create meaning. She teaches classes on Hispanic Linguistics and Spanish writing. She is new to Athens and so far has really enjoyed being a part of OU.