Karlyn Crowley is director of the Cassandra Voss Center and a Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Norbert College. She has been at the College since 2002 and helped to start Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College. Karlyn has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of Virginia and B.A. in English and Women’s Studies awarded with honors from Earlham College.
Dr. Crowley is a rare leader, one who is able to navigate multiple areas of higher education, having an impact at the local, state, and national levels. Arriving at St. Nobert College over 12 years ago, Karlyn worked tirelessly to found Women’s and Gender Studies (WMGS) in 2005 and continues to oversee that discipline. She is an excellent teacher who asks her students to grapple with difficult documentaries and activities that push them to engage with their demanding content. She is a scholar in this area too writing a number of books and articles including Feminism's New Age: Gender, Appropriation, and the Afterlife of Essentialism which explores the relationship between feminism and New Age culture.
Nationally, she has long been involved in the National Women’s Studies Association, the flagship organization for Gender Studies nationally, and was a board member from 2005-2010. She continues to publish widely on gender and popular culture and has recently joined the Girl w/Pen Blog: Bridging Feminist Research and Popular Culture where she has a monthly column. She now also advises Re:Gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women).
On a community level, Karlyn is a well-known advocate for women and girls. She is closely connected with major organizations such as the Greater Green Bay Women’s Fund and the Girl Scouts. She bridges what can sometimes be a “public vs. private” divide between colleges, by forming coalitions and presenting with colleagues in the University of Wisconsin system as well as at other private institutions such as Lawrence University and Beloit College.
Karlyn has moved the needle forward in advancing women in higher education and so we honor her with the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award.