UM-Dearborn Prof. Pamela McAuslan and community activist Laura Callow to be recognized for significant contributions to gender equality
March 31, 2008
DEARBORN / April 7, 2008---Pamela McAuslan, associate professor of health psychology and director of the graduate psychology studies program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, received the campus’s 30th annual Susan B. Anthony Award at a ceremony April 3 at the Fairlane Center.
Laura Callow, of the League of Women Voters Northwest Wayne County, received the campus’s fifth annual Susan B. Anthony Award for Community Service at the same event.
The campus’s Susan B. Anthony Award recognizes a member of the campus community who has made significant contributions to gender equality. The Susan B. Anthony Community Award was created in 2004 to recognize individuals who advance the cause of women's equality in southeastern Michigan.
The evening's guest speaker was Amanda Good, chief executive officer of Alternatives for Girls, an agency serving homeless and high-risk young women that provides them with critical services, including safe shelter, educational support, vocational guidance, mentoring and counseling.
McAuslan has worked extensively with the campus’s On the Move program, serving as its co-chair and faculty liaison, as well as the CASL SOAR program, which introduces socially and economically disadvantaged women and men to post-secondary education opportunities. She is also an active member of the Women and Gender Studies faculty on campus and regularly teaches “Gender Roles,” as well as a first-year seminar which focuses on gender and relationships.
On the national level, McAuslan has served on the editorial review boards for Violence and Victims and Psychology of Women Quarterly, as well as regularly reviewing for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Sex Roles. McAuslan has also served on a peer-review panel for the National Institute of Justice to review grant proposals in the area of sexual violence.
McAuslan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Windsor, a master’s degree in applied social psychology at the University of Guelph in Ontario and a doctoral degree in social psychology at Wayne State University.
Her research interests include sexual assault perpetration and victimization; the social-support process among victims of interpersonal violence; communication patterns in intimate relationships; alcohol expectancies; gender; and health psychology.
A member of the League of Women Voters for more than 30 years, Callow has worked to rally support for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, acting as the league’s “go-to” person for historical knowledge and current updates on the issue. She also has focused on gender equity in schools and sports; trained moderators for LWV candidate forums; moderated league candidate forums; and worked on non-partisan voter guides to provide voters with unbiased candidate and issue information.
In addition to her work with the League, Callow serves as an advisory board member of the Women’s Resource Center at Schoolcraft College, a center she helped to create as part of the committee charged with attracting more women students to Schoolcraft in the early 1970s.
Also, Callow has organized the Northwestern Wayne County chapter of the National Organization for Women and served as president of both the Livonia League of Women Voters and the Northwest League of Women Voters. This year, she is serving as co-president of the Livonia chapter of the American Association of University Women.