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UC Professor’s Study Abroad Assists in Classes at Home


Williamsburg, KY.,- University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Molina-Morelock was awarded the 2013 University of the Cumberlands Immersion Grant to take a Summer Course at Colegio de Mexico on "Contemporary Debates on Gender". She will be presenting her experiences and results at the Faculty Colloquium at University of the Cumberlands.

Molina-Morelock is an Associate Professor that has taught at University of the Cumberlands (UC) since 2008. She arrived at UC with a variety of degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UNAM-Mexico, a Master’s degree in Spanish from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. She currently teaches Spanish at UC.

She came across the course at Colegio de Mexico and became interested in going to Mexico to be a part of it. She applied and was accepted and UC graciously accepted her request for a grant. Molina-Morelock spent five weeks in Mexico learning and discussing issues on women and men as well as alternative genders.

“I truly enjoyed it,” said Molina-Morelock. “I also learned a lot and I am happy that I was awarded the opportunity to take this course. I would not have been able to have this experience if it weren’t for the University of the Cumberlands giving me the grant.”

Molina-Morelock is a member of the Modern Language Association, The Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, National Spanish Honor Society, and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She serves on the International Studies Committee and the Faculty Evaluation Committee. To add to all of these commitments, Dr. Molina is also a member of a Christian non-profit organization known as the Board of Directors of Kentucky Advocate Services.

Although Dr. Molina-Morelock does not teach a course at UC on this particular topic, she credits her educational experience in Mexico for helping her apply gender issues to her other classes.

“When most people think about gender issues, they typically assume it must be women’s issues but that is not always the case,” explained Dr. Molina-Morelock. “In the course, we discussed topics like men becoming stay-at-home dads and how society perceives this concept. Also, it is believed that the main reason domestic violence is becoming more and more prevalent is due to women’s roles becoming more dominant. Women and minorities are becoming the breadwinners in some households which makes the husband feel ‘less of a man’ so therefore he must show is masculinity by showing his strength and aggressiveness towards the woman. Of course this is not the reason for all abuse but it is something interesting to think about.”

She says that she hopes to make more trips like this in the future in order to further her knowledge and understanding in her areas of particular interests. She will be traveling to Montreal in October to the University of Quebec to present a presentation about infidelity, particularly women in marriage. Her peers from the summer class she took at Colegio de Mexico have joined together to create a book that will be published in late September. It is a journal on gender and love. The majority of the class participated in this publication and the ones who have are from Kentucky, North Carolina, France, South Carolina, and Spain so the ideas of love and gender roles may be culturally interesting and unique.

“I appreciate the University of the Cumberlands for its constant support for my endeavors and for allowing me to pursue my dreams and enhance my knowledge,” said Molina-Morelock thankfully. “I hope to continue to do things like this. It really helps me teach my classes at UC as well.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit