Sociology Professor to Speak at Faculty Forum

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dr. Kristenne Robison, Westminster College assistant professor of sociology, will present "Who Really 'Cares'? The Implications of Hiring Policewomen to Do Women's Work on the Force" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Policymakers, scholars, and police administrators boast that one of the merits of adding women to the police department is that women bring a more feminine, supportive approach ("ethic of care") to police work.

Robison's ethnographic research of a large police department demonstrates the implications of hiring women to engage primarily in care work on the force.

Robison, who has been with Westminster since 2009, earned an undergraduate degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, master's from The Ohio State University, and master's and Ph.D. from Syracuse University.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning. Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Robison at (724) 946-6033 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Kristenne Robison