Resource People


This is the very small beginning of a list that we hope will grow into a useful resource for members of the William Paterson community. It will include teachers of courses related to the Project, steering committee members, and other friends of the Project who might be able to offer advice of some kind to instructors and others.

If you would like to be listed, please send a paragraph of up to 100 words describing your interests and activities that relate to the concerns of the Race and Gender Project. These might include courses you teach, organizations or committees you work with on or off campus, scholarly or creative work, a link to a personal web page if you have one, etc. Please indicate your name as you'd like it listed, your WPU affiliation, and the e-mail address you'd like included. Send to:

Sharmila Pixy Ferris
Communication Department
204 Hobart Hall

Sharmila Pixy Ferris (PhD, 1995, The Pennsylania State University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at William Paterson University, where she also serves as Program Director for the Media Studies graduate program. Her research focuses on various aspects of computer-mediated communication - from the user-technology interface to gender issues to orality and literacy. She has recently published a book entitled Beyond Survival in the Academy (Hampton Press), and has an upcoming co-edited book Virtual and Collaborative Teams: Process, Technologies and Practice (Idea Group). She has also published in a variety of journals. At William Paterson University, Dr. Ferris has taught Women's Changing Roles, Ecofeminism, and Gender, Language and Communication.

Arlene Holpp Scala
Women's Studies Department
205-A Hunziker Hall

Dr. Arlene Holpp Scala is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Women's Studies Department. She earned her doctorate (Ed.D.) at Columbia University in the Teaching of Reading and Writing with a Concentration in Peace Education. Her dissertation is titled Heterosexism in the Classroom: A Teaching Case Study. Her research interests include pedagogical issues, heterosexism, lesbian issues, and popular culture. She is currently collecting data on student memories of Barbie. She is also working on an article titled "Teaching Bastard Out of Carolina Through Jane Caputi's Pop Culture Lens." She has been published in Transformations: The New Jersey Project Journal; Solutions for the New Millennium: Race Class, and Gender; Radical Teacher: A Socialist and Feminist Journal on the Theory and Practice of Teaching; NWSAction; and; Desire in Transition (forthcoming 2005). She teaches "Racism and Sexism in the U.S.," "Women's Changing Roles," "Contemporary Feminist Issues," "Women's Studies Capstone," "Lesbian Issues," "Sex Equity in Education," and "Images of Women in Modern Literature." She is a teacher-researcher and an activist.

Carole J. Sheffield
Political Science Department
436 Raubinger Hall

Carole J. Sheffield earned her Ph.D. from Miami University of Ohio in 1973. She is an expert on violence against women, and her scholarly articles have been published in major textbooks in the field. Her work on obscene phone calls was featured in the popular media, including Mademoiselle, Glamour, Woman's Day, and The Ladies Home Journal. She has appeared on a number of television programs, including "The Today Show." Professor Sheffield teaches in both the Department of Political Science and the Department of Women's Studies. Her areas of expertise include sexual terrorism, feminist theory, political socialization, and race and gender studies. Her outstanding teaching has been recognized by The Carnegie Foundation, which named her "The New Jersey Professor of the Year" for 1997-98, and by The American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha (the national honor society in political science). Professor Sheffield is a teacher/scholar/activist.