Staff

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Dr. Catherine Oglesby

Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies

Professor, History 

coglesby@valdosta.edu

229-333-5947

Office: 2102 Ashley Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

Dorothy Nickell

Dorothy Nickell

Administrative Assistant

djnickell@valdosta.edu

229-249-4842

Office: Ashely 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

Ashley 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. 

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Helen Wishart

Lecturer, English and Women's and Gender Studies

hawishar@valdosta.edu

229-249-4842

Office: Ashley 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

Ashley Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

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 received 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.  

Michelle Gardner

Michelle Gardner

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

mhgardner@valdosta.edu

229-249-4842

Ashley Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

Michelle Gardner graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS in Psychology and MS in Sociology with post master's work concentrating in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is currently enrolled in Northcentral University pursuing her doctorate of education, specializing in online learning.  Ms. Gardner worked the field of human services for 22 years, 17 of those years in administration.  Most of her career was spent in residential and in-patient settings serving children, adolescents, and adults who have been abused.  She has written curricula for and taught many classes in the areas of mental health, inequality, ethical issues, and other subject areas.  Ms. Gardner has also sat on community and work related committees in order to be a part of changing ineffective policies, and hopefully creating new, effective ones, as well as developed and implemented several programs and sat on boards and advisory committees to guide others in starting new programs.

In 2008 Ms. Gardner left her career in human services to pursue a career as a post secondary education instructor.  She teaches various courses in sociology, women and gender studies, psychology, as well as courses in ethics and strategies for success in the online, face-to-face, and hybrid classroom formats.  She has experience in curriculum development,  content analysis, and multiple online learning systems.

Felicia Hilson

Dr. Felicia Hilson

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

fahilson@valdosta.edu

229-219-1392

Office: 2002 HSBA 

Dr. Felicia Hilson is a proud alumnus of Valdosta State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justices in 2001, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 2003, a Master of Science in Sociology in 2005, and a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Dr. 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. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Order of the Eastern Stars, and Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society. Dr. Hilson is a certified Diversity Trainer and an avid University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball and Pat Summitt fan. Dr. Hilson is a strong supporter of the Fight to End Alzheimer’s and 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. 

Dr. A.J. Ramirez

Dr. A. J. Ramirez

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

ajramirez@valdosta.edu

229-249-4842

Ashley Hall (Women's and Gender Studies Program)

Dr. Ramirez’s academic interest include sexism, gender discrimination, racism, LGBT issues, education reform by incorporating systemic approaches, and the sociology of education.  She teaches Race, Class, & Gender, Introduction to Social Problems, Introduction to Sociology, Medical Sociology, Global Feminism, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, and LGBT 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 current scholastic focus looks on the sexual assaults on college campuses and the implementation of feminist theory to facilitate a meaningful change in University system structure. Dr. Ramirez also practices as a Professional Counselor in Valdosta, Georgia.