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Stepnick Publishes Book and Delivers Simmons Distinguished Lecture

Andi StepnickSociology Professor Dr. Andi Stepnick was recently awarded the 2015 Robert E. Simmons Distinguished Lectureship, which led to her lecture on Monday, March 16 as a part of Belmont’s celebration of Women’s History Month. Dr. Stepnick’s talk, “It’s Not as Glamorous as it Looks: The Lived Experiences of Women Academics,” was based on research in her recently published book, “Disrupting the Culture of Silence: Confronting Gender Inequality and Making Change in Higher Education.” 

The lectureship was created by Dean Robert Simmons in 1988 to honor the research and scholarly work of faculty in the Humanities and Education. After his death, the lectureship was named in his honor, and with the formation of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the award is now granted to a faculty member in CLASS. The recipients are selected based on their high level of teaching and scholarly accomplishments.

A review from Sociologist Dr. Gayle Sulik said, “‘Disrupting the Culture of Silence’ is an essential read. More than that, it is a resource that faculty members and administrators will want to re-read and reference and use to make change on their own campuses and in their professional and personal lives. Be sure to get a copy or two for your libraries and teaching centers.”