Critical Studies Working Group receives University-wide award

April 26, 2018


The Critical Studies Working Group, led exclusively by College of Education faculty, primarily from the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, has been recognized with an award from the Auburn University Office of Inclusion and Diversity. The specific recognition is the University Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

The Working Group includes faculty and students in the College of Education who are engaged in critical scholarship and scholar-activism around issues of educational inequities. Their interdisciplinary research includes work on anti-racist education, queer studies in education, comparative international education, (dis)abilities in education, gender and feminist studies in education, and other related issues.

The Working Group’s ongoing initiatives, in addition to its collaborative research efforts, include a monthly Critical Studies Book Group, and twice-per-semester Critical Studies Movie Nights.

“The Critical Studies Working Group is doing cutting edge collaborative research and teaching around the ways that inequality and injustice are created and perpetuated within schools and across the educational spectrum,” said Kamden Strunk, Ph.D., one of the Group’s founders. “Our faculty are also doing meaningful work to interrupt the patterns that reproduce inequity and injustice. We are very excited to receive this University award as a recognition of the fact that our work is closely aligned with Auburn University’s mission as a public land-grant institution.”

More information on the groups’ activities, as well as upcoming events, can be found at facebook.com/CriticalStudiesAU

Congratulations to our faculty on this outstanding recognition!

Pictured, from left to right, are: Carey Andrzejewski, Associate Professor (EFLT), Laura Parson, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Hannah Baggett, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Kamden Strunk, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Elena Aydarova, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Bevin Roue, Clinical Assistant Professor (EFLT), Crystal Garcia, Assistant Professor (EFLT), and Sara Demoiny, Assistant Professor (C&T)
Pictured, from left to right, are: Carey Andrzejewski, Associate Professor (EFLT), Laura Parson, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Hannah Baggett, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Kamden Strunk, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Elena Aydarova, Assistant Professor (EFLT), Bevin Roue, Clinical Assistant Professor (EFLT), Crystal Garcia, Assistant Professor (EFLT), and Sara Demoiny, Assistant Professor (C&T).