Day Named Director of Women and Gender Studies Program

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Dr. Lisa Day is the new director of Women and Gender Studies at Eastern Kentucky University.

Day, an associate professor of English, has been serving as interim director since July 2011. She joined the EKU faculty in 2001 and specializes in 19th and 20th century American literature, African-Caribbean literature and gender theory.

In 2009, Day co-edited Journeys Home: An Anthology of Contemporary African Diasporic Experience with EKU colleague Dr. Salome Nnoromele, and she is currently co-editing a collection of essays on gender and the American short story cycle with Julie Hensley.

Last year, Day was honored by EKU’s International Alumni Association with an Excellence in Teaching Award, one of the university’s highest honors for faculty. At the alumni awards banquet, Day was praised for her ability to relate to students on a personal level and motivate them to always give their best.

A native of Mammoth Cave, Day earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University and her doctoral degree in American and Multi-Ethnic Literature from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

EKU’s Women and Gender Studies Program is a multidisciplinary program offering both a minor and a certificate in Women and Gender Studies.

The program acquaints students with the growing research on women and gender studies, its courses addressing the intersections of gender, race, class, sexualities and abilities and promoting active learning and social engagement.

Students are encouraged to analyze competing perspectives and to integrate knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. In addition, they learn to identify and analyze gender-based assumptions and biases and to recognize their consequences on individual, social and cultural levels.

For more information about EKU’s Women and Gender Studies Program, visit

Published on February 27, 2012

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