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This is an archival page, intended to keep track of those who have served on the Executive Committee in the past. 


2007-08 WCWI Executive

President: Rebecca Coulter, Education
Past President: Kelly Olson, Classical Studies
Vice President: Louise Milligan, Zoology
Secretary: Shaila Beaudry, Office of Faculty Relations
Treasurer: Stephanie MacLeod, Education
Membership: Sarah Jane Teetzel, Kinesiology (Graduate Student)
SOGS Rep: Laurel Mitchell, Center for Theory and Criticsm
Members at Large: Brenda Davis (Philosophy), Bonnie MacLachlan (Classical Studies), Tracy Isaacs, (Women's Studies), Kim Verwaayen (Women's Studies)


2006-07 WCWI Executive:

President: Kelly Olson, Classical Studies

Past President: Shaila Beaudry, Office of Faculty Relations

Vice President: Rebecca Coulter, Education

Secretary: Christine Sprengler, Visual Arts

Treasurer: Stephanie MacLeod, Education

Membership: Sarah Jane Teetzel, Kinesiology (Graduate Student)

Members at Large: Brenda Davis (Philosophy). Bonnie MacLachlan (Classical Studies), Louise Milligan (Zoology), Aara Suksi (Classical Studies), Kim Verwaayen (Women's Studies)



2005-06 WCWI Executive
President: Shaila Beaudry, Office of Faculty Relations
Past President: Bonnie MacLachlan, Classical Studies
Vice President: Kim Verwaayen, Women's Studies
Secretary: Gloria Leckie, Information and Media Studies
Treasurer: Rosanne Greene, Information and Media Studies
Members at Large: Frances Bauer, Ombudsperon; Gillian Demeres, Law; Susan Knabe, Women's Studies; Anita Kothari, Health Sciences; Bev Leipert, Nursing/Health Sciences; Aniko Varpalotai, Education

2004-2005 WCWI Executive

President: Bonnie MacLachlan, Classics

Past President: Gloria Leckie, Information and Media Studies

Vice-President, Faculty: Madeline Lennon, Visual Arts

Vice-President, Staff: Shaila Beaudry, Office of Faculty Relations

Treasurer: Rosanne Greene, Information and Media Studies

Secretaries: Gillian Demeyere and Stephanie Montgomery, Faculty of Law
Members-at-Large: Frances Bauer, Ombudsperson, Louise Milligan, Biology, Goli Rezai-Rashti, Education, Aniko Varpalotai, Education, Kim Verwaayen, Women's Studies

2003/04 Executive Committee Members

President: Gloria Leckie
Past President: Tracy Isaacs
Vice President: Kelly Olson
Treasurer: Stephanie MacLeod
Secretary: Gillian Demeyere
Safety Committee Representative: Andrea Purvis
: Frances Bauer
Archivist : Letitia Meynell
Social Programming: Sara Steers
: Debra Dawson
Essay Awards: Anne Cummings
Members-at-Large: Liz Kelly, Madeline Lennon, Bonnie MacLachlan,
Carolyn McLeod

Gloria J. Leckie
Associate Professor
Associate Dean

North Campus Building room 215

Email: leckie@uwo.ca

My areas of teaching centre around cataloguing and classification, academic librarianship, foundations of library and information science, and scholarly and professional communities of practice. I teach in both the MLIS and PhD programs.

Research Interests
My research has been primarily related to higher education and academic libraries. In particular, I have looked at faculty status for academic librarians, and downsizing in academic libraries. I have also conducted research related to information literacy. Anne Fullerton (University of Waterloo) and I have an overview of information literacy in higher education coming out this spring in the latest volume of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.

Lately, I have been exploring a new area, relating to the role of central public libraries as civic space. Jeff Hopkins (a colleague in Geography) and I obtained a SSHRC grant to do a comparative study of the Metro Toronto Reference Library and the new Vancouver Central Public Library and the impact these two libraries have as a type of civic space. We are currently writing up the findings and giving various presentations about this study.


Tracy Isaacs

Associate Professor, Philosophy
Acting Director, Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

Tracy Isaacs has been a fulltime faculty member in the Department of Philosophy since receiving her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. Her main areas of research and teaching are moral philosophy and feminist ethics.

Her principal research project right now is a book on the impact that collective contexts have on individual moral responsibility. In recent months, she has written papers related to the book, including a discussion of individual responsibility for collective wrongs, and an examination of the ways that oppressive social contexts compromise liberatory agency, as well as ways that such obstacles might be overcome. She hopes to have a complete manuscript by the spring. Her next major research project will tackle issues of agency and identity under oppression, with a focus on race.

Tracy has been active on the Caucus executive since 1997, and served as Caucus President from 2000-01 to 2002-03. Her work with Caucus has been one of the most rewarding parts of her time at Western so far. This year (2003-04) she is Acting Director for the Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. She will resume her regular duties in Philosophy on July 1, 2004.


Dr. Kelly Olson
Asst. Professor (Dept. of Classical Studies, Faculty of Law,
and the Centre for Women's Studies and Feminist Research)


Univ. of Western Ontario
Room 425, Talbot College
London, ON, Canada N6A 3K7
(519) 661-2111 x84525
FAX (519) 850-2388

Kelly Olson is an assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies, the Faculty of Law, and the Centre for Women's Studies and FeministResearch. Her field of research is women, sexuality, and the family in Romanantiquity, and is at work on a book on women and appearance entitled
*Fashioning the Female in Roman Antiquity: Self- Presentation and Society.*


Gillian Demeyere
Assistant Professor  

Faculty of Law

Gillian Demeyere joined the Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in 2003. She received her B.A., LL.B. and M.A.(Philosophy) from the University of Western Ontario, and an LL.M. from the University of Toronto, where she is currently completely her S.J.D. (Doctorate in Law). Her research is primarily in the areas of labour law, human rights and private law theory.



Andrea Purvis

e-mail: ajpurvis@uwo.ca
position: Administrative Assistant
room: Talbot College 315
(519) 661-2111 ext 85742
(519) 661-3922



University service:

Member of the Executive, Western's Caucus on Women's Issues
Member, President's Committee for the Safety of Women on Campus


Ombudsperson, Frances Bauer

Frances has been Ombudsperson since June 1988. Before becoming Western's Ombudsperson, she held held positions at Dawson College, Concordia University and John Abbott College, all in Montreal. She holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and two Master's degrees from Concordia. She was a founding member of the Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons (ACCUO), and has served that organization as both President (1990-91) and Secretary (1996-98). She has also served as Member-at-Large on the Board of the University and College Ombuds Association (1994-96). In December 2001 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the newly formed Forum of Canadian Ombudsman (forum canadien des ombudsmans) as the representative of the College and University section.


Sara Steers

Sara Steers is Associate Director, E-Alumni and Development & Outreach, Department of Alumni Relations and Development, UWO and graduated from Western in psychology in 1981.

Sara worked in continuing education at Western before joining the Department of Alumni Relations and Development at The University of Western Ontario in September 1997.

At Alumni Relations and Development Sara oversees the ways Western reaches out to its alumni and students world-wide through regional programming and the Internet.

Sara has Chaired several professional development conferences and has presented at various conferences on privacy issues, alumni relations and e-communications.
She is a current Board member and Treasurer of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education-Ontario Chapter and chairs the Privacy Legislation Task Group.

Sara was a past president of Western’s Caucus in the mid-nineties and is currently a member at large on the Board.


Debra Dawson

Debra Dawson has been the Director of Educational Development Office at UWO since 1997. She is an Educational Psychologist who completed all three of her degrees at Western. Her current research are focused on academic integrity, new millennial students, web-based instruction and the scholarship of teaching. She is on the executive of two national organizations interested in higher education in Canada (Society of Teaching andLearning in Higher Education and Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education).



Bonnie MacLachlan


My feminist formation took shape in the 1970s, embedded in the broader context of the activist movements for Civil Rights, Peace and Community Development. I was fortunate to be part of the original editorial collective of the Women's Press in Toronto, where the goal of broadly-based social equality informed our decisions about manuscripts that we would publish. As an academic I continue to be motivated by this goal, in my teaching, my research and my participation in the UWO community.
I received my PhD from the University of Toronto in 1987, and began teaching at Western in the Classical Studies Department in 1989.


My two principal areas of specialization are ancient Greek poetry and religion. Among the courses I have taught are the texts of Homer and Sappho, and those related to ancient religious thought. I also have taught Greek and Roman Mythology and the course covering the situation of women in Greco-Roman antiquity.


My principal current project examines ancient rituals conducted by women in Southern Italy and Sicily. This has led me to explore ancient "curse tablets" composed for women who were seeking redress from other women or men who had wronged them. A longer-term project entails a study of Greek poetry as it confers collective identity through shared narratives.



Dr. Carolyn McLeod
Assistant Professor

Talbot College Phone: (519) 661-2111 x85877

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6C 1H1
Fax: (519) 661-3922
Email: cmcleod2@uwo.ca

Carolyn McLeod received her B.A. (Honours) and M.A. from Queen's University, and her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University. Her supervisors were Christine Overall (for the M.A.) and Susan Sherwin (for the Ph.D.). From 2001-2002, she was assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In the two years prior to that, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral researcher at the Bioethics Center, University of Minnesota, and the philosophy department, University of Western Ontario. In 2002, she published Self-Trust and Reproductive Autonomy with The MIT Press. Her book and research interests in general cover areas at the intersection of philosophical moral psychology and health care ethics. Her sub-areas of interest are feminist theory and reproductive ethics.


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