Barbara Wejnert


Academic Service

Vision of a new department, administration of an academic program


Prior to accepting the position at the University at Buffalo I held administrative position as Director of the Eastern European Academic Program (EEAP) at Cornell from 1996-1998. In the first year of my directorship of EEAP at Cornell, I acquired near half million of funds from grant agencies.

While at Cornell, I also conducted preparatory work in establishing the East European program within the International Agriculture Program at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. My involvement include collaboration in writing grant proposal that led to a successful grant proposal to the Polish-American Jerzykowski Foundation, from which in 2000 Cornell received a $4 million grant to conduct multidisciplinary research in Poland.

At the University at Buffalo (2005-2008) I developed the Department of Global Gender Studies serving as it’s Chairperson. As was noticed during the press interview :

“The arrival of Wejnert last August heralded change in this small academic department at UB. She says it mirrors similar philosophical shifts in women's studies at institutions like Harvard and Oxford away from a strictly feminist approach….Today's cutting-edge women's studies programs encompass wider issues of gender—and that is the soul of Wejnert's wide body of research. She sees women's studies programs of this millennium partnering with social science, political science, policy studies, economics and social geography. "We are not cutting old ties," says Wejnert. "We are linking with new ones."

Irene Liquori. “Philosophical shift in Department.” Reporter, April 7, 2005.

In capacity of a Chairperson along with other faculty members, I established M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Global Gender Studies (approved by the SUNY system in 2008). These graduate programs include 36 graduate students from ten different countries four of which are Fulbright scholars. The undergraduate program offering a BA degree in the same field has increased substantially.

The establishment of the new Department of Global Gender Studies led to collaboration with international universities (e.g., in Poland, India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania) and national institutions including U.S. universities, foundations, NGOs, and governments.

Following the merge of the Department of Global Gender Studies and two other departments into the Department of Transnational Studies (TNS), I became a director of undergraduate studies in the TNS department. Internationally, in 2015 I became a co-chair and keynote speaker of the World Conference on Women’s Studies, the first annual meeting addressing challenges faced by academic programs on women working towards a greater gender equality worldwide. The conference took place in Sri Lanka, in March 2015.

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