A Less Formal Introduction

I have been working in higher education since 1993, when I started studying for my master’s degree in German literature at Temple University. Originally I went to graduate school with a plan of becoming a faculty member and headed off to UMass Amherst for my Ph.D. in Modern German Studies. Along the way, I started working as a conference and grant coordinator for the DEFA Film Library and discovered that while I like teaching and researching, I was clearly born to work in administration. Since 2001 I have been lucky enough to work at places (first Texas A&M University and now the University of Missouri-Kansas City) that allow me to do a little bit of everything. I direct the women’s center, teach, and fit in research where I can. The best part is that I get paid to be a “professional feminist” and get to hang out with the amazing women of Kansas City. It’s a good gig.

Along the way, I was dragged kicking and screaming onto Facebook and am now a social media fiend. I have found it to be invaluable in my work with students, colleagues, and women’s center constituents, not to mention keeping up with far-flung friends and relatives.

When I’m not working (which is not often enough), you’ll find me enjoying good food in Kansas City’s many fine restaurants, reading, and traveling. And since January 2015, knitting — I started on a whim and now “if I’m sitting, I’m knitting!”

4 thoughts on “A Less Formal Introduction

  1. Lovely website/blog and I look forward to learning more about you and what is happening in your part of the world. I am glad you have a link to Eric Stoller’s blog. He is a great colleague here at Oregon State and brilliant with all forms of technology and social media. He’s also a good friend of our Women’s Center and an avid feminist! BTW…I’ve thought about starting a blog, but not sure whether to make it about women’s issues, quilting or just life in general. I will live vicariously through you for a while and see how it goes.

    • So lovely that my first comment is from you, Beth! And I should have known that you know Eric — I’ve “met” him recently on Twitter and can imagine that he’d be a great advocate to have for one’s Women’s Center. You should definitely start a blog (all of we WC folks would read it!) and I think it could be about all of the above. It’s your blog — it can be about anything. I’m planning on writing about whatever’s on mind at any given time, so I imagine I’ll be a bit all over the place, but that’s OK.

  2. hooray, brenda!!!!

    loved reading this: “…discovered that while I like teaching and researching, I was clearly born to work in administration.”

    i’m slowly discovering, as i plod my way through grad school (and for the most part, LOVE it), that i’m just the opposite – like working in administration, but i was born to teach and do research.

    thank goodness feminists are desperately needed in all three…

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