Provost Faculty Scholarship Recipient
Peggy Diane Avakian, Ph.D.
Peggy Diane Avakian, director of the degree completion in liberal arts program, wants to give a context and a storyline to preeminent women of Central California. In the study called "Storylines: Leading Women, Crossing Cultures, Changing Communities," Avakian examines the lives of nine women, each with her own story.
"The purpose of the research was to uncover and document their truths through the interpretation of their stories expressed in words, poems, dreams and art," Avakian says.
The women include a judge, a former bank vice president, a professor and a former mayor. "These ladies became the social architects of the Central Valley with their grace, confidence, perseverance and finesse," Avakian says.
The research has been presented to local universities, colleges, community organizations and was also highlighted at an international research conference in Norway. Additionally, the research serves as a strong example for instruction in leadership studies courses.
"In many ways, the voices of the community's leading women of the past have been silenced, erased, marginalized and forgotten," Avakian says. "Through dialogue, narrative and witnessing, the life stories of these leading women take the proper place in the history of this community."
FPU created the Provost Research Grant in 2008 to encourage faculty to develop their scholarship. Awards have been given in fields from science to religion and have funded the creation of new music and the translation of ancient languages. Read the full Provost Faculty Scholarship report which includes all the faculty recipients and an overview of their work.