COLUMBUS, Miss. – The Mississippi University for Women Alumni Association applauded faculty members’ work inside and outside of the classroom at Homecoming 2013 Convocation.
Faculty awards were presented Saturday to Dr. Brenda Dickey, New Faculty Award, and Drs. Nora Corrigan, Deborah Miranda and Erin Kempker, Faculty Enhancement Grant winners.
The New Faculty Award of $1,500 rewards the hard work of a newer faculty member in supporting the academic mission of The W.
Dr. Brenda Dickey, assistant professor of education, joined The W in 2011. She has experience teaching in both public and private schools in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. Most recently she taught at Mississippi College in the International Department teaching English as a second language to foreign students.
Dickey holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Southeastern University in Florida, a master’s in elementary school guidance and counseling from the University of South Carolina and doctorate in educational psychology, learning and development from Regent University with her dissertation topic exploring student self-efficacy cross-culturally and how it impacts academic achievement.
She and her family also served as missionaries in Japan for 30 years. While in Japan, Dr. Dickey served as educational consultant for the Assemblies of God World Missions organization and served as a member of the Asian Educational Resource Consortium, which provides educational resources to all mission organization families living and working in Asia.
Her most recent publications and presentations have been with the Florida Reading Association and the Mississippi Reading Association.
The Faculty Enhancement Grants of $333 enhance educational and professional activities of faculty members.
Originally from Reston, Va., Corrigan is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy.
She spent a year as a visiting assistant professor at McKendree University in Illinois before starting at MUW in August 2008.
Corrigan holds multiple degrees in English from the College of William & Mary and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Corrigan has recently published articles in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England and Renaissance Papers and her interests include Shakespeare, early modern drama and gender studies.
Dr. Miranda is an associate professor at The W where she lectures and leads students through clinical experiences in community, family and women’s health nursing.
She received an associate degree in nursing from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky.; a bachelor of science in nursing at University of Kentucky, Lexington; a master of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; and doctorate in sociology, focusing on gender and family, at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Miranda has been actively engaged in nursing for nearly 40 years. She is active in community, church and civic organizations--those commitments having been developed while growing up as child number 10 of 11 in the hills of Eastern Kentucky. She credits her mother, siblings, extended relatives and former nursing instructors for having molded her interests in gender, family, community and population health well-being. She has served as a Red Cross shelter nurse and is a volunteer with Mississippi VIPR: Volunteers in Preparedness Registry. Dr. Miranda is active in the Mississippi Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honors Society, AWHONN – the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing. She actively encourages students to engage in professional organizations that support equity and social justice for women, children and families worldwide.
In 2008, Kempker graduated from Purdue University with a doctorate in social and women’s history and joined the faculty at The W as an assistant professor of history.
Her research concentrates on Indiana women and gender politics in the postwar era. Currently, she is working on a manuscript examining how anticommunist ideology and anticommunist organizations such as the Minute Women of the U.S.A. and the John Birch Society affected the political possibilities of second wave feminists.
Select publications include ““Coalition and Control: Hoosier Feminists and the Equal Rights Amendment,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, forthcoming, and "Battling 'Big Sister' Government: Hoosier Women and the Politics of International Women's Year," Journal of Women's History vol. 24, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 144-170.
Kempker teaches courses on women’s history, the history of conservatism and U.S. history since 1940.
She was awarded the 2011 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year Award for MUW and as the Outstanding Junior Faculty Member by Mississippi's First Alumnae Association in spring 2010.