Women's Studies Summer Academic Program (WSSAP)

Barbara Turoff

Barbara3Ms. Barbara K. Turoff, a native New Yorker, received a BA with a major in history and minor in English from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Jersey. After graduating, she taught history and English in the local high schools in New Jersey and later in Ohio where she received an MA in history from Wright State University, which published her thesis Mary Beard as Force in History in its monograph series, a distinction heretofore reserved for faculty. Her research on Mary Beard, an activist historian committed to the cause of including women's studies programs in the college curriculum, also became Ms. Turoff’s cause. She was instrumental in adding the History of American Women to the course offerings of Wright State University and later Antioch University, where she taught these courses.

Ms. Turoff also had the opportunity during these years to be an adjunct at Wilberforce University, the oldest African American college in the US. She has participated in the anti-war and civil rights and women liberation movements. Overseas, she has taught history in Spain and Japan. At Lakeland University Japan, Ms. Turoff taught American, World History, and Humanities for 17 years. She is the recipient of two NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) scholarships for teaching excellence. For students, women and men considering the Women's Studies Summer Academic Program at Lakeland University Japan, Ms. Turoff offers this advice: “Although only one week, your participation in this program may be life changing. Best wishes as you choose the road less traveled!”

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