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Sarah Mawhirter

Sarah Mawhirter, M.A., M.St.

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Riverfront Hall 214-MSarah Mawhirter, Sociology, studio portrait
Office Hours:  or by appointment
(208) 426-3417


Special Lecturer in Sociology, August 2011 to present
Boise State University, Boise, ID

I teach the equivalent of four undergraduate level courses per semester, in both face-to-face and online formats, as well as provide student advising and departmental service.

• Director of Women’s Programs and Chair of Women’s Studies, August 2007-December 2011
Monterey Community College, Monterey, CA

For three and a half years, I worked as Chair of Women’s Studies Department at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California. Had I not resigned this position in December of 2010, I was on track to be offered tenure in the Spring of 2011.

My duties included the hiring and supervision of faculty and staff; program review to include aligning programmatic goals with college goals, curriculum review, FTE analyses, new faculty requests, collaboration with other faculty and administration on campus on boards and shared-governance committees, regularly attending academic conferences, increasing access and retention rates for students, and a 4/4 teaching load.

I was actively involved in accreditation processes, developing campus wide “measurable” learning outcome standards and the development of tools for evaluation outcomes, all of which was governmentally mandated “accountability” or “standardization” procedures.

I was directly responsible for the continual fundraising, accounting and allocation of four donor supported funds to include a $100,000 endowment, an average of $14,000 grant allocation to students a year and a variety of direct services to include an emergency food pantry and textbook loan program.

My community outreach for this position included presenting at college in-service as Faulty Presenter, participating as a county commissioner for the Equal Opportunity Commission for Monterey County and as a board member for The Women’s Fund at the Community Foundation in Monterey, CA. Women’s Studies also put on an event for the community each semester, maintained a bi-yearly newsletter to donors and attending numerous fundraisers.

• Adjunct Instructor for Sociology, History and Gender Studies, June 2004 through June 2006
Sociology Department, History Department and Gender Studies Department, Boise State University, Boise, ID

• Research Assistance, Fall 2000 and Spring 2001
History Department, Boise State University, Boise, ID

• Teaching Assistant, Fall 1999-Fall 2000
Sociology Department, Boise State University, Boise, ID

• Family Court Services, Family Court Specialist Summer 1997-Spring 2001
Ada County, Boise, Idaho

Administration of the Ada County “Focus on Children” parenting workshops. Duties included the supervision of staff members, the completion of legal documentation and assisting litigants ordered to attend workshop with mediation, the completion income affidavits, computing child support according to the Idaho Child Support Guidelines, and preparing individuals for the legal process involved in divorce and modification.
Circular and Extra Circular Activities and Awards
o Council Member on the Women’s Fund of Monterey County Leadership Council, The Community Foundation, 2009
o Commissioner on the Monterey County Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission, 2008
o Top Ten Scholar, Boise State University, 2001
o Completion of grant funded undergraduate research project completed on “Best Practices for Successful Transition from Prison to the Community for Adult Female Offenders” under the supervision of Dr. Dorman, 2001
o Member and co-facilitator of SAGE, a progressive feminist campus organization, 2000
o Completed various mediation trainings to include Marie Meyer and Victoria Hawley’s “Child Custody and Family Mediation Training” 1998