People

Tracy Woodard-Meyers

Dr. Tracy Woodard

Ph.D. in Family Relations, Florida State University, 1996

Director of Women's and Gender Studies

Professor, Sociology

tmeyers@valdosta.edu

229 293-6307

 Office:  Carswell Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

Vita

I have been teaching at Valdosta State University since 1994. My teaching and research interests include intimate partner violence, sexual violence, feminist theory, global feminism, human sexuality, social justice, Immigration issues, immigration experiences of Latina women, U.S.- Mexico Borderland issues, and intersectionality. I consider myself an activist scholar and am very involved on campus and in the community advocating for social justice. I think everyone can benefit from a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.  In my spare time I enjoy traveling, competing in sprint triathlons, cycling, running, doing yoga, and reading. 

 

Dorothy Nickell

Dorothy Nickell

Administrative Assistant

djnickell@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

Office: Carswell Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program

Teresa Paliwoda

Teresa Paliwoda

Instructor of English and Women's and Gender Studies


tcpaliwoda@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

 Office:  Carswell Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

I have been teaching at Valdosta State University since Fall 2006. I teach Women's Voices (PERS 2210), Race, Class, Gender (AFAM/WGST 2020), Composition I (ENGL 1101), Composition II (ENGL 1102), and World Literature I (ENGL 2110). I am currently completing my dissertation on grief and Toni Morrison's Beloved and A Mercy . My teaching interests lie in African American literature and gender studies. I enjoy teaching on the college level and my door is always open. Please come by and see me. My office is located in Carswell Hall.

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Helen Wishart

Lecturer, English and Women's and Gender Studies


hawishar@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

Office: Carswell Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

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Dr. Tirrell Andrews

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

ftandrews@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

Dr. F. Tirrell Andrews is an educator who teaches race, class, gender, and sexuality, social problems, social psychology, human sexuality, masculinity studies, medical sociology, africian americans and mental health. Dr. Andrews recieved his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Valdosta State University, his Master of Science in Family Sociology and his Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University. Dr. Andrews completed his Doctor of Education in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from Nova Southeastern University. His scholarly attention focuses on race and discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, substance abuse, sociology of education, military families and medical sociology. Dr. Andrews is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is certified in a number of areas which include: domestic violence, substance abuse, anger management, and active parenting. Dr. Andrews is in private clinical practice at Peaceway Counseling and Mediation Services. Dr. Andrews is married and enjoys spending time exercising, traveling, learning, attending sporting events (football, basketball, etc.). Dr. Andrews is a huge supporter of Valdosta State University athletics. He is a former VSU football player from 1993-1996.  

Felicia Hilson

Felicia Hilson

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

fahilson@valdosta.edu

229 219-1392

Office: 213 Pine Hall

Felicia Hilson is a proud alumnus of Valdosta State University. Ms. Hilson received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justices in 2001, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2003, and a Master of Science in Sociology in 2005. She is currently completing a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Ms. Hilson began her teaching career at Valdosta State University in 2004, teaching in the areas of the Criminal Justice System, Race, Class, Gender, and Sociology.Ms. Hilson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Order of the Eastern Stars, and Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society. She is a certified Diversity Trainer. Ms. Hilson is an avid University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball and Pat Summitt fan. Ms. Hilson is a strong supporter of the Fight to End Alzheimer’s.  Ms. Hilson is employed with Valdosta State University’s Department of Social Work.

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Velma Miles

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

opmiles@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

Velma Miles is a retired school social worker who spends a great deal of her time connecting people to resources throughout the community. After years as a middle school teacher, she is devoted to addressing the cultural trends of youth in the community. Velma worked to develop a Parent University for the local school systems. As a community developer with Project Change, Velma had a personal and hands on experience of working with the local government, school systems, and businesses in the community. Velma teaches classess on race, class, gender, and sexuality. Her focus is to bring attention to inequalities and misconceptions associated with specific groups. During her free time Velma enjoys volunteering, fishing, gardening, and meeting new people. 

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Dr. A. J. Ramirez

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

ajramirez@valdosta.edu

229 249-4842

Dr. Ramirez is an educator who teaches courses in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, Social Problems, Medical Sociology, and Marriage and Family Studies. Dr. Ramirez earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of North Georgia, her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Sociology from Valdosta State University. Her scholarly attention focuses on sexism, gender discrimination, racism, education reform by incorporating systemic approaches, and the sociology of education. In addition to her academic pursuits, Dr. Ramirez practices as a Professional Counselor in Valdosta, Georgia. Dr. Ramirez is married with three children and enjoys white water kayaking, hiking the Appalachian trail, praying, camping, playing church softball, listening to NPR, and supporting the Texas Longhorns, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Braves and of course our very own Valdosta Blazers.