Research development

Department of Communication professor wins ORWAC Research Development Grant



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Meredith Neville Shepard

Meredith Neville-Shepard, a teaching associate professor in the Department of Communication at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a 2022 Research Development Fellowship by the Organization for Research in Women and Communication (ORWAC).

ORWAC Research Development Grants are “designed to support feminist scholars to carry out research or creative projects that prioritize and advance understanding of the intersectionality and complexity that define the lives of women”. There are five grant categories and a winner can be chosen from each. Neville-Shepard was the recipient in the contingent faculty category.

Neville-Shepard will use the grant to support her project, “Sporting Sexism: An Analysis of Arguments About Regulating Women’s Athletic Attire,” which will build on her previous award-winning scholarship on the rhetoric of dress codes and how arguments used in debates about women’s dress reflects and subscribes to misogynist culture.

Upon being selected as a grant recipient, Neville-Shepard said, “As a feminist scholar, it is especially important to receive a grant from an organization like ORWAC that is dedicated to gender-focused research. and social change. Another thing that makes ORWAC special is that they have set aside a grant specifically for occasional professors, which demonstrates that they truly value the research of all scholars, regardless of title. I am honored to have been chosen for the grant and proud to call myself a member of ORWAC.

About Women and Communication Research Organization: The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) encourages dialogue, discussion, research and scholarship concerning women, feminism, gender, oppression and social change. ORWAC seeks to advance understanding of the intersections of gender and race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, sexuality and class, including transgender politics, masculinity, disability, labour, transnationalism, postcolonialism and critical race theory.