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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 Program with vision and hard work.  She is genuinely interested in students, faculty, staff, and community” (qtd. in Brown 1).  This award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Ann Lamanna, professor emerita of women’s studies and sociology at UNO (Brown 1).

Furthermore, students and faculty laud Falconer Al-Hindi as both a person and professor, citing her tremendous impact on UNO.  Angela Eikenberry, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration, describes Falconer Al-Hindi as “a model faculty member and leader at UNO.”  Moreover, Eikenberry contends that Falconer Al-Hindi “has been a tremendous leader for the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UNO. Without her continued dedication to the program, it’s clear it would not be as far-reaching and significant as it is today” (E-mail).  Assistant Professor in the Department of Black Studies, Peggy Jones, commends Falconer Al-Hindi as “being instrumental” in Jones’s becoming the first black woman in the history of the Black Studies Department to get tenure.  In addition to being “friendly and thoughtful,” Jones notes: Falconer Al-Hindi “has been an incredible role model who successfully exemplifies a productive work-life balance.  She has been a committed and passionate supporter to me and countless others.  I am blessed to be her colleague and friend” (E-mail).

Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi’s scholarly research is equally impressive.  Along with University of Victoria professor, Pamela Moss, Falconer Al-Hindi co-edited the book, Feminisms in Geography: Rethinking Space, Place, and Knowledge. A self-described anti-anthology, Feminisms in Geography presents “a unique, reflective approach to what feminist geography is and who feminist geographers are” (Moss and Falconer Al-Hindi 1). Falconer Al-Hindi’s current research continues to emulate one of the guiding principles of her life, the blending of life and work into a more meaningful body of work. Falconer Al-Hindi is working on several scholarly texts about parents, autistic children, and geography.  Her research includes an examination of the social and spatial relationship of fathers who have stayed with the family after a child was diagnosed with autism.  Falconer Al-Hindi explains that the divorce rate between couples who have a child with a disability is markedly higher than those who do not; her interest is in those fathers who stay with the family and how they negotiate and re-imagine place.  Falconer Al-Hindi hopes that her research will help families whose lives have been altered by Autism.

 

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Part Seven Respect, Collaboration, and Admiration

In addition to her career, Dr. Karen Falconer Al-Hindi is married to Musa Al-Hindi, who emigrated to the U.S. from Beirut.  They met when both she and Musa showed up at a mutual friend’s house to help her move.  After they were married, they had two children (see Figures 3 and 4). Dr. Falconer Al-Hindi takes pride in the fact that her two boys have been raised by her and her partner to respect those who are different. She explains family life as follows:

“Although I respect [the traditional wife] role and am fortunate to have full-time homemakers among my friends, in my life and our family that is not my role.  Musa and I do refer to each other as “my wife” and “my husband,” but it’s more accurate to say that we are spouses or life partners, because how