Our Faculty Associates
Women’s Center Faculty Associate
English/Pan-African Studies Professor
Denise A. Harrison has an English Literature degree from Miami of Ohio. She has taught at Kent State University for the past eight years. In addition, Denise holds a cognate in Women’s Studies and actively teaches about the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and sexual minorities in her college writing courses. She has a background in African American women writers.
Her rising interest and scholarship is informed by questions of reproduction equity in the lives of women of color. Ms. Harrison teaches an Honors Colloquium—Shakespeare: Revisited, Early Modern Mirroring the Post-Modern World. As a social activist instructor, Ms. Harrison includes experiential learning in all her courses.
In the past two years, she has been instrumental in developing a project that allows students to travel to Seneca Falls, New York to walk in the footsteps of America’s first feminist, Africans seeking freedom and the Indigenous populations calling for basic human and sovereign rights. The project will become a course in Spring 2016.
LGBTQ Student Center and Women’s Center Faculty Associate
Women’s Health and Sexuality Professor
Dr. Dianne Kerr was born in Canonsburg, PA. She received her M.A. (1987) and Ph.D (1992) from The Ohio State University. She also earned an M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University and a B.S. from Slippery Rock University. Dr. Kerr was the HIV/AIDS Project Director for the American School Health Association from 1987-1991. There she traveled the U.S. training school personnel to teach about HIV/AIDS during the early years of the HIV epidemic. She received the Ohio AIDS Service Award twice in the category of Education and Prevention and has been working on HIV/AIDS issues for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Kerr is currently an Associate Professor of Health Education and Promotion at Kent State University and a Provost’s Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working on Women’s Issues and LGBTQ Issues. She has published extensively on HIV and LGBTQ issues. Dr. Kerr has done considerable work for underrepresented groups including uninsured and underinsured women with breast cancer, persons with HIV/AIDS, African American and Latinos in Cleveland, and LGBTQ adolescents and young adults. She currently directs a teen pregnancy prevention subcontract for KSU that trains juvenile justice and foster care staff to teach evidence-based pregnancy and STD prevention programs to youth in their care.
Dr. Kerr was recently named a Distinguished Alumna of Slippery Rock University, her undergraduate alma mater. One of her favorite quotes is “No one is free when others are oppressed.” (author unknown)