August, 2012 –Professor emerita

2012 to present; Oversight Committee, The India Group (

2006-2012 –Caroline Werner Gannett Professor of the Humanities, RIT: charge “to explore the intersections of the humanities with the social sciences, sciences and technology” both campus-wide and nationally; founded and directed The Caroline Werner Gannett Project, including the award-winning series, “Visionaries in Motion” featuring new, interdisciplinary courses, related colloquia, workshops and events.

2002-2005 –Professor and Chair, Department of English and Foreign Languages; College of Liberal Arts,  RIT

1986-2002 Louise R. Noun Endowed Chair and Professor of Women’s Studies and English, Grinnell College: appointment to introduce and incorporate gender and women’s studies into a liberal arts curriculum through various activities: forums on faculty research and curricular revision; discussion groups; grants (GTE Foundation; Iowa Humanities Board); colloquium speakers from national and international venues; new course development and national conferences (“Reading and Writing the Female Body,” October, 1987; “Celebrating the Associated Colleges of the Midwest: Ten Years of Feminist Inquiry and Leadership,” April, 1988; “Rethinking the Family from Multicultural Perspectives,” October, 1988; Women in Developing Countries, April, 1989) . Also initiated Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies, 1989.

1974-86 Assistant and Associate Professor, State University of New York at-Binghamton

1973-74 – Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University

1970-73 – Instructor, The Collegiate Seminar Program & The Program on Non-Violence, Notre Dame University


1976 – Ph.D. University of Connecticut (with distinction) NDEA Title IV Fellow (modern literature)
1970 – M.A. University of Connecticut (medieval literature)

1967  – Summer scholar, Exeter College, Oxford
1967 – A.B. St. Louis University (magna cum laude; major in English; minors,  Philosophy and Latin)












1998 – Research Grant, Getty Research Institute (Santa Monica, CA)
1992-93 – Co-Author and Participant: Ford Foundation Grant for International Seminar, “Film as Text: Nationhood, the Nomadic and the Fate of Colonial Practices”
1990-91; 1982 American Council of Learned Societies Grants-in-Aid (Research on Djuna Barnes at Hayford Hall)
1984-85 – Canadian Embassy Award (“The Canadian Woman Writer”)
1984 – National Endowment for the Humanities Travel-to-Collections Grant
1982 – Rockefeller Foundation Residency; Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy (May 15-June 15, 1982)
1981 – National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship

1979-1983 Several SUNY Foundation Grants, including Junior Faculty Research Award, Curriculum Development Grants and Summer Fellowships