Monday, March 31, 2014

30 People in 30 Years Part 2

In his blog post last week, Daniel Tillapaugh, Ph.D. (@dtillapaugh) wrote about the great progress that the Standing Committee on Men & Masculinities has made over the past decade. We, the Standing Committee want to take this opportunity to recognize 30 individuals who have been nominated by their peers and colleagues for making a significant impact on our experience, organization, and the student affairs community. Below are a compilation of comments made out these great advocates and educators.

7) Chase Catalano - is deeply committed to advancing social justice around issues of gender and has been a leader in our field. Chase was the inaugural Scholar in Residence for the SCMM a number of years ago.  In assuming this role, Chase expanded the Standing Committee's conversations about gender beyond the body.  Through this, Chase was able to talk about masculinity about not being something attached to one's body, but as a discourse that shaped the lives and experiences of individuals who identified as men regardless of their bodies.  Chase's work with the SCMM, and dedication to the group afterward, has been a nice turn for the group, and I am happy to see his influence still showing up in what the group does now.  

8) Tracy Davis - Tracy is a past chair of the SCMM and has been a regular reason people discuss what brought them to the group.  Tracy also played a major role in the creation of the SCMM. Dr. Davis has been involved with ACPA SCMM for over 20 years, including service as Chair.  His scholarship regarding college male-identified students and their development is foundational to our field, even more so than luminaries such as Kimmel, Messner, and Brod since his focus has always connected to the scholarship and practice of Student Affairs.  His dissertation was about date-rape prevention from a critical gendered lens.  His groundbreaking article (Davis, T. (2002). Voices of gender role conflict: The social construction of college men's identity. Journal of College Student Development, 43 (4), 508-521.) has been instrumental in stimulating research about male students from a gendered framework.  Tracy's impact on the SCMM is immeasurable.  He has always remained a true ambassador to the SCMM by sheperding folks to the group and encouraging involvement.  The SCMM would certainly not be what it is today without his devotion and leadership.

9) Vern Klobassa - Vern has been a long-time member of the SCM/SCMM leadership team serving in three different Vice Chair roles (Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications, Vice Chair for Convention Programs, Vice Chair for Special Projects).  He has been a long-time advocate for the SCM and SCMM, and he has been a wonderful source of "organizational history" over the past few years.  His dedication to the SCM & SCMM has been extremely rewarding for all of us within the organization.

10) Frank Harris - Frank's scholarship, speaking, and practical work around men's development has been central to promoting the understanding of men and masculinities on campus. Dr. Harris has written several books/articles centered around college men and masculinities. He has served as a leader and mentor for rising scholars and practitioners alike. He has truly helped to propel our field forward in new and exciting ways! 

11) Harry Cannon - Harry Canon is one of the founders of the Standing Committee for Men.  He - along with Murray Scher - and other colleagues built a pro-feminist space for men working in higher education which was an important and somewhat controversial contribution to ACPA.  He provided a consciousness-raising space for men to engage in these important dialogues.  His impact on the standing committee has served as a truly transformative experience.

12) Murray Scher - Murray Scher is often cited along with Harry Canon as one of the founders of the Standing Committee on Men.  Collaboratively with their colleagues, they created the organization that is now the SCMM in an attempt to provide a pro-feminist space for men to engage with one another.  Their work - from a psychological background addressing men's issues - was important as a foundation for our current vision and work.  Dr. Scher's contributions 30 years ago were valuable to our current existence.

We will have more posts coming to recognize more great scholars and professionals over the coming weeks as we usher in our 30th year!

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