Shannon B. Lundeen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Bioethics
Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: 248 TVUC
Phone: 216.368.0985

Fax: 216.368.0977

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Lundeen received her B.A. with Honors in Philosophy and Women's Studies from Colgate University and earned an M.A. and PhD. in Philosophy and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Stony Brook University. She specializes in Feminist Theory, Bioethics, Sexuality Studies, and Social and Political Philosophy. Here at CWRU, Dr. Lundeen holds faculty appointments in the departments of Bioethics (SOM) and Philosophy (CAS) and serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Women and Gender Studies Program and as a faculty affiliate of the Schubert Center for Child Studies.


Before joining CWRU in the summer of 2013, Dr. Lundeen spent eight years as the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women (APC) at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Core Faculty member of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Dr. Lundeen taught courses on gender and sexuality ranging from introductory lectures to graduate level seminars, organized and led a series of pedagogy workshops for graduate students, and taught secondary students in Penn’s Social Justice Summer Research Institute. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the highly selective Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.


Susan Freimark

Susan Freimark, M.A.
Associate Director
of Faculty Leadership Programs

Office: 248 TVUC
Phone: 216.368.0985
Fax: 216.368.0977

Susan Freimark brings a great deal of faculty development experience to this position. As an executive coach, she has worked with faculty at CWRU via the NSF-ACES program and developed and presented a well-received workshop on "Politics on Campus." She is also a CWRU IDEAL coach with Kent State University, assisting a team of faculty on creating a transformative change project on campus. Susan has an MA in Counseling and Human Services from John Carroll University and a BA in English from Kent State University.


Before leaving for a stint at CSU developing programs to assist nonprofit organizations, Susan spent 13 years with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. As Director of Career Services and Community Services, she created programs to meet the developmental needs of social work and nonprofit management students and developed and taught seminars on personal development and team leadership. Susan also created a format for successful mentoring that included thoughtful matching, initial training of mentors and mentees and ongoing programming and monitoring of the relationship.

Jessica McRitchie
Department Assistant
248 TVUC
Phone: 216.368.0985
Fax: 216.368.0977

Jessica McRitchie is a veteran employee of CWRU and brings to the Center a broad knowledge of the University. She has most recently worked as an assistant at the CWRU School of Law and prior to that was Assistant Director at the Schubert Center for Child Studies.


Jessica is actively involved in the local community and has served on boards for organizations including the Cleveland Council of World Affairs and The Foundation for Community Betterment. She is a native Clevelander and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She is currently studying Conflict Transformation and Management in the Political Science Department's doctoral program at Kent State University.


Student Staff

Danielle Bernat

Research, Development & Event Planning Specialist


Hometown: Youngstown, OH

Major/Minor: Medical Sociology

Year: Doctoral Student

Campus clubs/organizations: WiDS, GSS


About me: I am a third year doctoral student in the department of sociology. My main areas of research include the genderzation of illness, masculinity, body image, obesity and eating disorders. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my fiancée and tow dogs, Moriarty and Bellatrix.


Thing I am most looking forward to about working in the Center for Women: Learning and growing as a professional from the incredible women in this program and starting a body empowerment and eating disorder group on campus.


Alison Brooks

WISER Mentor Programming Coordinator


Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Major/Minor: Civil Engineering, minor in Economics

Year: BS/MS filth year

Campus clubs/organizations: WISER, Alpha Chi Omega, Varsity Swim Team


About me: I am a graduate student studying Civil Engineering with a focus in Structural Engineering. I completed my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a minor in Economics. While an undergraduate at CWRU, I was a member of the varsity swim team for two years, served as Treasurer for the CWRU student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority (ΑΧΩ).


Amy Campbell

MSASS intern


Hometown: Elyria, OH

Major/Minor: Master of Science in Social Administration (Social Work)

Year: 2nd year

Campus clubs/organizations: Mandel Council, Q Grad, Graduate Professional Council


About me: I am a native Ohioan with a penchant for campy things in life. I am in my second year at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. When I am not promoting social justice as an aspiring social worker, I enjoy playing video games, drinking coffee, and talking about Twin Peaks.


Thing you are most looking forward to about working in the Center for Women: I am looking forward to working with a great group of individuals and learning more about being an advocate on Case's campus.


Courtney Diener

MSASS intern


Hometown: Lexington, OH

Major/Minor: Social Administration/Social Work

Year: 2nd year Master's student

Campus clubs/organizations: Graduate Student Senate, Mandel Council


About me: I am a 2nd year master's student studying social work with an interest in higher education, violence prevention, gender equity and campus life. In my free time I like to hang with friends, read books for fun, explore Cleveland and play with my cat!


Thing you are most looking forward to about working in the Center for Women: I am looking forward to connecting with CWRU students, advising SAVE and working with the university's SMPEC.


Miruna Gorodea


Simone Michaels

General Electric (GE) Outreach Programming Specialist


Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major/Minor: Aerospace Engineering

Year: Master's student

Campus clubs/organizations: Case Center for Biologically Inspired Robotics Research


About me: I received my bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2013. I have worked at General Electric Aviation and NASA’s Glenn Research Center, and have extensive experience in propulsion and mechanical systems. I have made significant contributions to the understanding of Micro Air Vehicles while researching for CWRU’s Biologically Inspired Robotics lab. In my free time, I likes to develop my skills as a musician, challenge myself as an athlete, and advance my ratings as a private pilot. I am currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from CWRU. As this year’s General Electric Outreach Programming Specialist, I hope to promote the involvement of young women in STEMM and encourage them to explore their interests in these fields.


Thing I am most looking forward to about working at the Center for Women: Making a difference to young girls. Making a difference in terms of exposure, access and retention for women in STEMM fields.







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