Kate J. Waites, Ph.D., is professor of English and Gender Studies in the Department of Humanities and Politics in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to offering a variety of literature classes, she also teaches courses in writing, communication arts, and film, as well as in gender studies for the Gender Studies minor that she co-developed. She has enjoyed being an active member of the Honors College, where she teaches Reading Seminars and a course in feminism. Besides having presented workshops for the benefit of honors students, she has also participated in their extra-curricular student-faculty activities.
Dr. Waites has both advised student projects and served as a judge for the annual Student Research Symposium, and she has regularly presented at NSU’s Lifelong Learning institute. For her excellence in teaching she was awarded the professor of the year award in 1991, and again in 2006. She co-founded and served as advisor for NSU’s unique campus American Association of University Women chapter, and was the long-serving advisor of Radio X, the campus radio station. She also advised an early emanation of SASA (Social Action Social Awareness) and the campus Gay Straight Student Alliance. In spring of 2015, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk on feminism: "An 'F' Word Revival in the New Millennium."
Dr. Waites’ scholarly work has focused on auto/biography and on gendered images and on the representation of women in pop culture and in film, specifically. She regularly presents at national and regional conferences, and her published work has appeared in the journals Film/Literature Quarterly, Auto/Biography, The Journal of Popular Culture, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and in Routledge’s Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies. In 2006 she published her own memoir, Particular Friendships: A Convent Memoir.