Drawing from her time as a “Distinguished Visiting Professor” in 1980 (at age 27), Jan will share a peek into cadets’ daily life at West Point, the experiences of the first classes of women cadets who integrated the Academy, and her own (often colorful) memories of being one of the two civilian instructors that year. In addition to teaching and living on campus, Jan was part of the research team for “Project Athena,” a multi-year study of women at West Point that included both data collections and first-hand observations of (and sometimes participation in) summer training activities. The goal for this session is to give you an insider’s glimpse inside the storied “fortress” at a time of pervasive change.
Jan Yoder, Ph.D., is an academic affiliate professor of psychology and women’s, gender and sexual studies at Penn State. As a social psychologist with a more than 40-year academic career, Jan focused on studying women in nontraditional occupations and gender issues more generally. Her job at West Point was the second of her career after being involved with Project Athena during her graduate training at the University of Buffalo. She is a professor emerita at the University of Akron and moved to State College in April 2020 to launch her new “career” as a grandma.