Dr. Holly Blake
Associate Dean for Outreach Education and Development
WILL* Program Director, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member
Profile

Holly Blake is the associate dean for outreach education and development and the director of the WILL* program. WILL* is a four-year program that strengthens and expands the leadership qualities, analytic skills, and self-esteem of undergraduate women through coursework in women, gender and sexuality studies (including a supervised internship) and gender-related experiences beyond the classroom. The connection between theory and practice are built into the fabric of the program, fostering intellectual engagement and activism among participants.

Presentations

Keynote speaker for College English Association’s Women’s Connection Reception, Richmond, VA

Building Effective Community Classroom Partnerships, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Transformative Activism in the Introductory Women’s Studies Classroom, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Building Inclusive Campus Communities: Student Led Activism in Response to Critical Issues, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO

How Do We Teach and Learn Activism? Strategies for Lifelong Social Justice, presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

Bridging Feminist Theory and Practice at the University of Richmond, presented at the Associated Colleges of the South Women and Gender Studies Conference, Rhodes College

Memberships
National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) Governing Council
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Berkshire Conference of Women Historians
Professional Experience
Staff, SOS Shelter for Battered Women (1991-92)
Volunteer, Planned Parenthood (1990-92)
Intern, Binghamton University Office of the President (1989-90)

Served on the Committee for the Retention of Undergraduates in a Multicultural and Diverse Community,

Institutional Service

WGSS Advisory Board Member

CCE Advisory Board Member

Community Based Learning Fellow

Publications
Additional Publications

Blake, Holly, Ooten, Melissa, “Theory and Practice,” Ms Magazine. Spring 2009.

Blake, Holly, Ooten, Melissa, “Bridging the Divide: Connecting History and Activism in the Classroom,” Radical History Review, Fall 2008 (issue 102), pages 63-72.

Blake, Holly, “Marie Howland,” American National Biography, eds. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Cranes, 24 vols. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).


Education
Ph.D., Binghamton University, New York 2003
U.S. Women's History
M.A., Binghamton University 1987
U.S. Women's History
M.A., Binghamton University 1985
Sociology
B.A., The College of Wooster, Ohio 1980
Sociology and Spanish
Contact Information
(804) 289-8472
(804) 287-6061 (Fax)