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Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering

Kasi Jackson

Associate Professor Women’s and Gender Studies


“The most fulfilling part of my job is working with collaborators and student from multiple disciplines. For example I really enjoy teaching women’s studies classes because I have students majoring in a variety of fields. So you get all those people in one room, and they can look at one problem and bring a lot of different perspectives to it.”

Kasi Jackson is an interdisciplinary researcher working in feminist science studies. Although the body of her research is focused on women’s and gender studies, it also extends outside this area (for example, science, technology, engineering and math education and animal studies). Due to the interdisciplinary nature of these areas, she publishes in journals targeted to social science, science and humanities audiences, as well as to interdisciplinary audiences such as women’s and gender studies, among others. Her publications include: Doomsday Ecology and Empathy for Nature: Women Scientists in “B” Horror Movies, Gender, Mad Scientists and Nanotechnology and Feminist Interventions


  • 2003, Ph.D, Biology – University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • 2000, Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies – University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • 1994, BA Honors, Biology and Studio Art – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Areas

  • science education research focusing on diversity
  • the representation of science in popular film and science fiction literature
  • gender and animal behavior
  • feminist analyses of emergent technology (e.g. nanotechnology)

Courses Taught

  • Women and Science
  • Science and Technology on Film
  • Introduction to Nanotechnology Design
  • Gender and Science
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Feminist Theory
  • Capstone focusing on Gender, the Environment and Food
  • Women in Movies

Active Grants

  • Campus-Community LINK Grant to implement service learning project in Women’s Studies courses ($5000).
  • Co-I, National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, “WVU Program for Retaining Institutional Diversity and Equity” ($3,222,830) to enhance the institutional climate for both male and female faculty by promoting diversity, encouraging tolerance and respect, providing mentoring and training, and developing effective institutional policies around balancing family with work, dual career hiring, tenure decisions, and recruiting underrepresented faculty.
  • PI, National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, “Teaching Excellence At College for High Achievement in West Virginia (TEACH-WV)” ($748,334) to develop scholarship and training program for 20 science and math majors to get a master’s in education and 5-12 teacher certification through the WVU Benedum Collaborative 5 year teacher training program.
  • Co-I, National Science Foundation Course Curriculum Laboratory Improvement Program, ” The Pursuit of Excellence: Transforming Undergraduate Science Education through Evidence-Based Practice” ($472,457) to develop a regional summer workshop to enhance undergraduate science education.
  • Co-I, National Science Foundation Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education, “The Nanosystems Emphasis – Valuing Disciplinary Depth and Differences in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Teams” ($179,204)

Role in the ADVANCE Grant

Kasi Jackson is a Co-PI on the ADVANCE grant, and served as Interim Assistant Director of the ADVANCE Center for 2010-2011. Dr. Jackson’s primary responsibilities include coordinating the Speaker Series and the ADVANCE Sponsorship Program, as well as assisting Dr. Jim Nolan with the department level strategic planning dialogues.

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Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE IT Program under Award HRD-1007978. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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