Dr. Catherine Oglesby

Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies

Professor, History


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

Dorothy Nickell

Dorothy Nickell

Administrative Assistant


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

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Helen Wishart

Lecturer, English and Women's and Gender Studies


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

Michelle Gardner

Michelle Gardner

Adjunct Professor, Women's and Gender Studies


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.


Dr. A. J. Ramirez

Lecturer of Sociology


Nevins Hall 1021

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 at 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. 

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