Allen to receive Gee Award, deliver keynote at CU Women Succeeding symposium

By Staff

Brenda J. Allen, a professor of communication and Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus, is the winner of the 2013 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award. The award honors an outstanding faculty member for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching.

She will receive the award during the CU Women Succeeding 11th Annual Professional Development Symposium, a systemwide event for faculty and staff set for Feb. 21 and 22 at the University Memorial Center (UMC) Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado Boulder. Click here to register.

The Gee Award recognizes and honors an outstanding faculty member of the University of Colorado for efforts to advance women in academia, interdisciplinary scholarly contributions and distinguished teaching. Instituted in 1992, the award is named for Elizabeth Gee, a faculty member in the Health Sciences Center School of Nursing and the late wife of former CU President Gordon Gee. It is the only award in the CU system that specifically recognizes outstanding work on women’s issues and efforts to advance women in the academy. It includes a $1,000 prize.

Allen, who was previously announced as the symposium’s keynote speaker, now will present a second speech as the Gee Award winner. As keynote speaker, she will present “Setting Your Stride for an Empowered Career Path,” 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. Feb. 22. As the Gee Award recipient, she will discuss her scholarly work during a presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 22.

Allen, who joined CU-Boulder in 1989 and CU Denver in 2001, has served as chair of the Department of Communication and as an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also is the Master Mentor of the Downtown Denver Campus Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program. Her research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity and inclusion, and critical pedagogy.

Among Allen’s numerous publications is a groundbreaking book titled “Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity.” She received numerous awards for scholarship, teaching and service, including the 2011 Paul Boase Scholarship from Ohio University for distinguished scholarship in the field of communication, the 2012 Feminist Teacher-Mentor Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, and the 2004 Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication from the National Communication Association.

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