Clare M. Assue, M.D.
Karen Kovacik, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English
Professor of English
Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies
Karen Kovacik is a Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies. Kovacik's passion for creative writing led her to develop the Department of English's Creative Writing Program in 1999. Kovacik has directed the program since its inception. The Creative Writing Program has been highly successful, facilitating students' travel to national conferences and producing a number of award winning student works. Kovacik also coordinates the department's Rufus Reiberg Reading Series, an initiative that brings poets and fiction writers to campus.
Mary Dankoski, PhD
Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, IU School of Medicine
Lester D. Bibler Scholar and Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Vice Chair for Faculty and Academic Affairs, IU School of Medicine
Mary Dankoski is the Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at the IU School of Medicine. She is also the Lester D. Bibler Scholar and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. Dankoski co-chairs the IU School of Medicine Women's Advisory Council and is currently the Vice Chair for Faculty and Academic Affairs. She served as interim co-chair of the Department of Family Medicine until April 2011.
Nan Bohan has been a long-time champion of IUPUI's civic engagement mission. During her nineteen years as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Bohan challenged administrators, faculty, and students to strengthen their commitment to community service. She has offered support to the Center for Service and Learning, the Center on Philanthropy, and International Affairs. She also worked with the Department of Athletics to create community involvement initiatives for student athletes. Bohan is a long-time volunteer at IUPUI campus events for United Way, Martin Luther King Day of Service, and the WESCO Partnership. Over the years, Bohan has been a major supporter of IUPUI's Senior Academy for retired staff members, working to keep the program alive.
MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop
MaryEllen (Kiley) Bishop was elected a member of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University in June 2010. An alumnae of Indiana University (Bachelor of Science in Marketing, 1979) and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis (JD, 1982), Bishop has volunteered her time to many Indiana University and IUPUI projects and committees.
Assistant Dean of Development and External Affairs, School of Liberal Arts, 2002-2012
Gail Plater joined the School of Liberal Arts administration in 1997, following 15 years with the IU Foundation where she was among the first staff in the Indianapolis office and developed the first annual giving campaign for IUPUI. While with the IU Foundation, she helped initiate the IUPUI Faculty/Staff Campus Campaign (now the Impact IUPUI Campaign) which has generated millions for IUPUI in its more than 20 year history and is the only campaign of its kind in the IU System.
IUPUI Office for Women
by Kathleen S. Grove
The current Office for Women was established in October 1996 following a recommendation of the Task Force on the Status of Women. The establishment of this task force in 1994 was the starting point for the latest discussion of the status of women at IUPUI. Chancellor Maynard Hine had appointed the first IUPUI Commission on the Status of Women in 1973 with Frances Dodson Rhome as Chairperson. The purpose of this earlier commission was to assure that the campus was in alignment with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibited sex discrimination in education.
Women's Studies Program,
IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis
With the impetus of the women's movement in the 1970's and the implementation of Title VII, Women's Studies emerged as an interdisciplinary approach to acknowledge the changing and evolving roles of women. For twenty five years, students at IUPUI have pursued both minor and undergraduate degrees, and now students can finally earn a graduate degree in women's studies.
What is Women's Studies?
Women's Studies brings together faculty, women and some men, interested in women's issues in teachings, research and service. Interdisciplinary in nature, WOST explores a wide range of issues as seen through the perspective of gender. Women's Studies can help shape a vision of women's position in society that will enable students to make a more meaningful contribution wherever their career paths and future engagements may lead. A degree in women's studies should enhance a student's effectiveness in virtually any career: