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Albrecht, Sandra L.

Sandra L.
Albrecht, PhD
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Sandra L. Albrecht
  • Former Director of the Women’s Studies Program at KU
  • Worked on changing KU’s parental leave policy to help faculty have careers and families
  • Book  Grounded depicts women as activists in the workplace
  • Extensive research on the TWA flight attendants’ strike in the 1980’s
  • Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching winner

According to Omofolabo Ajayi, professor in the Women’s Studies Department, Sandra Albrecht “is an outstanding woman who leaves strong, remarkable imprints in whatever she does.  Her research focus, teaching and administrative styles demonstrate and reflect her commitment to the welfare of women and all around her.

Dr. Albrecht has shown a commitment to women’s issues through her extensive research on the TWA flight attendants’ strike in the 1980’s coupled with her book,Grounded, which depicts women as activists in the workplace.  Since 1979 she has served as a faculty member in both the Sociology Department and the Women’s Studies Department.  During this time she has received several awards, most notably the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching.  In 1992, she became the director of the Women’s Studies Program.  Dr. Charlene Muehlenhard, Associate Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies recalled that, “Under her leadership, Women’s Studies has seen innovations in its curriculum; movement toward a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies; excellent guest speakers on women’s issues; and development of the ‘Friends of KU Women’s Studies’.”

Ann Schofield, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, added, “She has been committed to improving the situation of women at KU since her first days on campus.”  Her work on changing KU’s parental leave policy supports this statement.  Specifically, she endeavored to change KU’s tenure policy so that assistant professors could stop the “tenure clock” for one year if they face family circumstances such as the birth or adoption of a child or the illness of a family member.  According to Barbara Anthony-Twarog, Professor in Physics and Astronomy, “She is one of many unsung heroes on this campus, who work long hours to do three jobs well.  She keeps us focused on our shared concern for the expression of women’s particular viewpoint in our varied scholarly endeavors, and reminds us by her example, that talk is just talk unless accompanied by action.”

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