Staff & Board

ICS Staff

Jolie A. Sheffer | Director

I am an associate professor of English and American Culture Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Bowling Green State University. My scholarship centers on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century American literature and popular culture. My book, The Romance of Race: Incest, Miscegenation, and Multiculturalism in the United States, 1880-1930, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2013. My current research is on competing notions of community and identity in contemporary U.S. culture. I regularly teach courses in American literature and popular culture since the Civil War, multiethnic American literature, American Studies, and literary theory and cultural studies. Click here and here to see my students’ digital humanities work.

Shane M. Snyder | Graduate Research Assistant

I am a Ph.D. student in American Culture Studies and the graduate research assistant for ICS at Bowling Green State University, where I completed my master’s degree in literary and textual studies. My research interests primarily concern the connections between xenophobia, gender dynamics, and masculinity in American popular culture and contemporary hate groups. I recently developed a research interest in the digital humanities—specifically through such helpful platforms as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s exemplary Hate Map, GIS software, WordPress, and the University of Southern California’s collaborative publishing platform Scalar—in order to explore new ways of reaching out to the public through open-access initiatives.

ICS 2016-2017 EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Kim Coates | Associate Professor of English
  • Dena Eber | Professor of Art
  • Christopher Frey | Associate Professor of Education
  • Katherine Meizel | Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology
  • Theodore Rippey | Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences (ex-officio)
Role of the Board:

The primary role of the ICS Executive Board is to act in an advisory and decision-making capacity reporting to the Director on matters involving the activities and responsibilities of ICS.

Terms of Service:
  • Three-year term, on a staggered rotation (so that no more than 1/3 of seats are open in any year)
  • A Board members whose cycle has ended may re-apply for another term at any time
Makeup of the Board:
  • A minimum of six (6) and a maximum of eight (8) members
  • Faculty of any rank may apply to be on the Executive Board, but at least three (3) members must be tenured or tenure-track faculty
  • One (1) seat will be held by an ex-officio member designated by the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (chair/director, associate dean, faculty member, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by someone in the humanities (English, Philosophy, etc.)
  • At least one seat (1) must be held by someone in the fine or performing arts (Art, Theatre, Creative Writing, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by someone in the qualitative social sciences (Sociology, Political Science, etc.)
  • At least one (1) seat must be held by faculty outside the College of Arts & Sciences
  • One (1) seat must be held by a representative from Student Affairs
  • Up to one (1) seat may be held by an alumnus or community member