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Crystal E. Vuole 
Program Chair, Human Services and Sociology

Contact info:
Phone: 203.596.4553
Email: cvuole@post.edu


Academic Background 

Ph.D. in Sociology and Certificate in Feminist Theory, Binghamton University (In progress)
M.A. in Sociology, Binghamton University
M.A. in Women’s Studies, University at Albany
M.P.S. in Humanistic & Multicultural Education, SUNY (State University of New York) New Paltz
B.A. in Political Science, SUNY New Paltz
B.A. in Women’s Studies, SUNY New Paltz

Teaching Background
Ms. Vuole holds the position of Post University's Academic Program Manager for Human Services and Sociology. She teaches sociology courses including Principles of Sociology, Social Problems, Social Stratification, Race & Ethnicity, Issues in Contemporary Sociology, Sociological Theory, and Sex Roles & Gender Socialization.

Professional Background
Through internships, Ms. Vuole has been able to apply her academic background to helping people within society. Serving as a domestic violence counselor, she assisted in running a 24-hour domestic violence hotline and accompanied clients to court as a court advocate. She also served as a representative of a local LGBTQ community center assisting in the training of health and human service providers educating them on the diverse issues of their LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) clients and how to better serve them.  During these sessions she collected research data from pre- and post-questionnaires and created outcome studies of these training sessions. Ms. Vuole also held a retail management position for several years during college, supervising employees and completing daily tasks in the running of the store.

Teaching Philosophy
Ms. Vuole believes that education should be a rewarding and deeply personal experience for each of the students within the classroom. Her teaching philosophy is in accordance to a humanistic and multicultural education, a class which is discussion-based and connects students to the lessons/readings through personal experiences. Her goal as an educator is to create and sustain a safe environment within the classroom where all students feel they can share and all diversity is honored and included. 

Awards
Ms. Vuole was awarded membership into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Select graduate students are nominated and must have at least a 3.77 GPA to be considered. She was also awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award within the Master of Professional Studies in Humanistic and Multicultural Education program. This award is given annually to one individual per program that has shown the most potential and has had the most positive impact on other students, the classroom, and the program.

Personal Background
Ms. Vuole belongs to several national and local animal rights/animal advocacy organizations including the Animal Legal Defense Fund, North Store Animal League, Hyde Park SPCA, and Mid-Hudson Valley Vegetarian Society. She also belongs to several feminist and human rights organizations including the National Organization for Women and the Human Rights Campaign, and is a charter member of the National Women’s History Museum. Ms. Vuole wishes to make a contribution in creating an equal and peaceful world for all.

Ms. Vuole loves spending time with her dog and cats, watching movies, reading, going to used bookstores, taking photos, traveling, and vegan cooking. She also practices yoga and meditation, has been a vegan for over 10 years, and collects horror movie/true crime memorabilia. 

Research/Academic Interests
Ms. Vuole’s research has encompassed issues of gender-bending,  gender representation, pornography, popular culture, gender in film, social movements and the field of eco-feminism. She is particularly interested in the subject of social identities and gender representations. Her past research within her first master’s thesis focused on gender-bending and individuals whose identities fall outside of the gendered boxes of female and male. This subject reflects on the issue of gender norms and roles in our society and the experiences of those who do not fit into an “appropriate” role. Within her second master’s thesis, she focused on women’s representation in the horror movie genre and examining the issue of women as victims or representing a powerful, dangerous feminine within these movies. This research also extended to examining the possibility of a feminist horror movie and what components would be required. Within her pre-dissertation research, she researched and wrote on the field of eco-feminism and the intersectional subjugations of women, people of color, the environment, and non-human animals. Currently she is researching social movement theories and why some social movements and their ideas become mainstreamed while others remain marginalized. This pre-dissertation research will contribute to her dissertation which will use an intersectional approach to examining  the animal rights movement and how individuals’ gender, race, class, or sexual orientation affect their relationship to animal rights and their participation within the Movement.     

Selected Presentations

  •  Is Meat-Eating Feminist? Exploring the Connections between Animals, Vegetarianism and Feminism. Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY: 2012.
  • Victim or Goddess: Women’s Representation in the American Horror Film Genre. New England Women’s Studies Association Conference, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA: 2011
  • Life After Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies Department Speaking Event, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz NY: 2011
  •  Multicultural Education and Literature. Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society’s Speaking Series, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY: 2011
  • Victim or Goddess: Women’s Representation in the American Horror Film Genre. Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY: 2010.
  •  Sexual Reality: Pornography and its Costs to Women. Women’s Studies Seniors Colloquium, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY: 2008.