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How to Become a Gender Studies Professor

Six easy (okay, maybe not THAT easy) steps to becoming a gender studies professor (instructor) in your area....

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Six easy (okay, maybe not THAT easy) steps to becoming a gender studies professor (instructor) in your area....

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    Realize that you will need a doctorate. First off, the term professor is given to those with a doctorate degree. one must not necessarily be a professor to teach college classes. but a masters degree is a must...
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    Get the right type of degree. Next, to teach specific classes, one must have a degree in the area that they teach. (for example, engineering majors cannot teach child development) Here is the caveat ~~ gender studies degrees may exist and may be called something else, but may not be required to teach a gender studies class....the Dean of the department may get a waiver for one to teach the class.
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    Next, take some gender studies classes. They were once called 'Women's Studies'. In my graduate studies department, the class was called 'Working with Oppressed People'. They vary. In class, note the structure of the class. This will help you design your own class.
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    Another cool and clever way to get information, but not formal credit for the education, is by taking and 'Open Course Ware' class. This is an online or audio class that is free from a respected and well known university. i recommend UCBerkeley. One can peruse past semesters in the Arts and Letters, Psychology, Sociology, or ??? areas and voila! One has up-to-date information that will help design the curricula and also help with self confidence.
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    Now you need a textbook for the class. Go to Amazon.com textbook section and punch in 'Gender Studies' and then start reading reviews. One will know just the right book (or two) that grabs, incites, broadens. Once a textbook is chosen, call the book representative to get an instructors copy and possibly instructor goodies (test resources, etc) that go with the book. It's free. If you get two books, one can be used in the library as a reference copy for students.
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    Start lining up speakers. Ask around about who enjoys public speaking and also who has something important to share in the gender studies genre. Get referrals from others. These presentations are powerful ways to get messages across about understanding, acceptance, and compassion without the instructor feeling like they are lecturing all the time... good luck!

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  • In such classes, someone ALWAYS gets offended or defensive. it is just the way it is. so, think of ways to offset this. discuss how the collective goal of the class is to UNDERSTAND, and that the goal is not to AGREE OR DISAGREE.....