GWS Spotlight

Alumna Spotlight on Deirdre Dlugonski

2/24/2015  8:00 am

  
 
Dr. Deirdre Dlugonski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. 
 
What year did you graduate? What was your major/minor? 
I graduated in 2013 with PhD in Kinesiology and minor in GWS.
 
What did you enjoy most about GWS? What was your favorite course? 
The thing I enjoyed most about GWS were the interactions that I had with other students. In all of my GWS classes, I learned so much from the diverse perspectives of my fellow classmates. My favorite class was Pat Gill's Girls in Popular Culture course. She was a very engaging instructor and made me a much more critical consumer of messages related to gender within pop culture.   
 
Why would you recommend GWS to undergraduate or graduate students? 
Majoring or minoring in GWS is a great way to meet and interact with people from diverse backgrounds with unique perspectives on the world around us. The concepts and topics in GWS can be applied to any discipline, field of study, or future career. 
 
How has your background in GWS applied to your life after graduation?
 My background in GWS has changed the way I consume and view popular media, shaped the topics that I choose to study in my research, made me think critically about the daily messages I send to my young son, and perhaps most importantly, helped me to be more comfortable calling myself a feminist. 
 
What are you up to now? 
At ECU, I am teaching an undergraduate course titled, 'Exercise Adherence', that explores the theory and practice of understanding and promoting physical activity; conducting research on physical activity among families; and trying to enhance opportunities in the community for mothers to engage in more physical activity.
 
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