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Shouse Named Chair of WIU Women's Studies Department

January 21, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - Aimee Shouse has been appointed chair of the Western Illinois University Department of Women's Studies, effective Jan. 1, according to College of Arts and Sciences Dean Inessa Levi.

Shouse had been the acting department chair since Aug. 1, 2008. With this appointment, Shouse is also an associate professor of women's studies. She previously was an associate professor in the political science department.

"I am delighted to appoint Aimee to this position," Levi said. "Our women's studies department holds a great deal of potential, and I look forward to working with Aimee to grow the program into one of the top women's studies programs in the country."

Shouse has been involved in developing and delivering both political science and women's studies curricular offerings since she came to Western Illinois in August 1993. Her current research focus examines the political identity and participation of trade and professional organizations for highly sex-segregated occupations.

"I'm excited to have been named the women's studies chair, and I thank Dean Levi and the search committee for their support. I'm joining a wonderful group of faculty and students, and I look forward to working with them to further the goals of the department," said Shouse. "As a new department, women's studies has come a long way in a few short years. I hope to contribute to the department's continued growth and progress."

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