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Part Five Community Outreach

In addition to her teaching, student and community outreach are important to Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi as well.  As a reoccurring theme imbedded in her work, Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi believes community involvement is an essential role of universities that is sometimes threatened by the increasing commodification of higher education.  Falconer Al-Hindi insists that colleges can continue this vital link by working together to promote collaboration among professors, students, and citizens.  Along with other members of the University faculty, Falconer Al-Hindi has been instrumental in bringing guest speakers such as Dr. Karen Morin of Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and Professor Mona Domosh from Dartmouth College to UNO, as well as entertainment programs such as The Heart’s Compass to fulfill UNO’s outreach mission.  Falconer Al-Hindi is also involved in the No Limits! Conference.  No Limits! is an interdisciplinary conference on Women’s Studies sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Programs at UNO, UNK, and UNL.  The conference rotates among the three campuses, and Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi explains that it is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their work (“Annual”). The two-day conference held in March invites keynote speakers to participate in the event.  Falconer Al-Hindi delights when community members attend the program because their attendance symbolizes the mission of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program—bringing people together to understand a common goal.

 

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Part Six Personal and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi’s teaching and community involvement has been duly recognized.  In 1998, she won the UNO Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award.  This award honors eight teachers each year for distinguished teaching in the classroom (“Criteria”).  In 2002, she also received the University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement Award, which is presented to an individual who has contributed significantly to women’s issues and/or gender equity.    In 2008, Falconer Al-Hindi was the third recipient of the Mary Ann Lamanna Award for Excellence in Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  According to the press release, “the award recognizes outstanding teaching, research, service, or a combination of the three, to women’s studies at UNO.” As one colleague noted in a nomination, Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi “consistently approaches the challenges of sustaining a Women’s Studies