In her thirty years on the CSB/SJU faculty, Martha has been part of the leadership team in many faculty initiatives promoting the teaching of women's and gender studies on the campuses. In addition, Martha's research on women and gender over the course of her career, which includes her book The Work of the Heart: Young Women and Emotion, 1780-1830 (2007) and her latest book project on daughters and fathers, made her an attractive prospect for the first Gender Studies faculty member. By appointing Martha, Academic Affairs recognizes and honors her many contributions to Gender and Women's Studies. Martha has served as director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program and received the S. Linda Kulzer Gender Educator Award and the Linda Meale Teacher-Scholar Award for her contributions to students' gender education through her leadership, teaching, scholarship, and mentoring of students. Martha's expertise strengthens the Gender Studies Department curriculum in women's history and gender research and we are happy and proud to have her as our first line-appointment.