Beth Martin Birky
Associate Academic Dean, Title IX Coordinator
- B.A., Goshen College, 1983
- M.A., Arizona State University, 1988
- Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1998
- (574) 535-7465
- Administration Building 33
- “Associate Academic Dean.” Starting in July 2019, Dr. Birky began working in the Academic Dean’s office with the following areas of focus:
- Interdisciplinary Studies advisor
- Academic Integrity issues and Academic grievances
- Academic Symposium
- Faculty development projects, Mininger grants, and co-supervising the newly formed GC’s Teaching for Learning Collaborative
- Transfer curriculum paths
- Grants coordinator
- “Title IX Coordinator.” In July 2019, Dr. Birky was assigned the role of Title IX Coordinator, overseeing Title IX policy and handling appeals to Title IX determinations. She works closely with the Title IX Advisory committee, the Deputy Coordinator, and employees serving on the Sexual Assault Misconduct Team (SMRT).
Engl 305, Literature in London, “Fictions of Empire”
Spring Semester 2019
Engl 201, World Literature
Core 300, Global Issues: Gender in a Global Context (online)
Engl 305, Literature in London (Travel course and SST alternate course)
Spring Semester 2018
Core 110, Academic Voice
Engl 204, Expository Writing
Core 180, Goshen Seminar, Identity in World Literature
Engl 230-AW, Arthurian Literature
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
“Living in Community: Sexual Misconduct Prevention, Training and Response,” August 2019. With Beverly Lapp, Interim President and Academic Dean at AMBS.
Goshen College Convocation,
“I Didn’t Mean it Like That!: Impact v. Intent in gender-based and sexual harassment and misconduct.” Goshen, Indiana September 2018.
“MeToo@GC: Reporting Gender-based and sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault.” Goshen, Indiana April 2018.
British Literature to 1800
World Literature: Postcolonial Studies
Genre Studies: History of the Novel
Academic Voice (Speech and Writing)
Women’s and Gender Studies:
Introduction to Gender Studies
Women and Development in Costa Rica
Gender in a Global Context
Costa Rican Study Service semester (Program director, San José, Costa Rica)
Borderlands: Immigration in Context (Instructor, San Antonio/McAllen, TX)
Literature in London: Fictions of Empire/African Literature in Diaspora
“Resisting Radical Feminism,” Timbrel: Publication of Mennonite Women USA Fall 2018.
Book review of Mothering Mennonite. Rachel Epp Buller and Kerry Fast, eds. In Mennonite Quarterly Review 88.1 (July 2014): 405-408.
“Body and Spirit.” Timbrel: Publication of Mennonite Women USA 14.3 (May/June 2011): 7-9.
“Empowering young women through holistic teaching and learning.” Equipping: Pastoral Newsletter for MC USA March 2011. Also appeared in the Mennonite Weekly Review 11 April 2011. Online.
Book review of Sarah Klassen’s A Feast of Longing in Mennonite Quarterly Review 84.4 (October 2010).
“Cast Off Cynicism and Cast Your Vote.” Peer Review: Publication of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 10.2/3 (2008): 43.
“‘Sloughing off Ribs’: Revealing The Second Sex in Julia Kasdorf’s Poetry.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 7.4 (October 2003): 589-611.
“Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Grave’: Women’s Writing and Re-visioning Memory,” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 4.2 (Fall/Winter 2002): 51-64.
“When Flesh becomes Word: Creating Space for the Female Body in Mennonite Women’s Poetry.” Mennonite Quarterly Review, 72.4 (October 1998): 677-688.
Mininger Research Grant: “No Borders on Gender Justice: Preparing to Teach Gender in Guatemala,” Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2017
Mininger Conference Grant: “Generative Refusals: Student Activism and Administrative Accountability around Title IX,” Montreal, Quebec, 2016
Mininger Research Grant: “From page to stage: Building Context for Teaching Shakespeare,” London, England, 2015
Mininger Conference Grant: “The Feminist Faithful: Connecting Faith with Feminism through Transgression and Justice,” San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014
Mininger Research Grant: “Service for Peace,” Northern Ireland, 2013
Mininger Research Grant: “Bringing Home the Work,” Costa Rica, 2012
Dean’s Advisory Committee, July 2019-present
Conduct Process Alignment task force, Chair September 2021-present.
Transfer Student advisory committee, 2021-present
Pandemic Task Force, 2020-2022
Compliance Committee, 2020-present
President Stoltzfus’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force (co-chair with Dominique Burgunder-Johnson 2018-2019; committee member 2019-2020), which is charged with reviewing Goshen College’s current programs and activities and making recommendations for improvements.
Member of Title IX Advisory Committee (2017-present).
- Member of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship, serve on Fellowship Commission
- Mennonite Women USA board member, Editorial Representative, 2011-2018
Following graduation from Goshen College in 1983, Dr. Birky taught high school English at Christopher Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA, until 1987. She went on to receive her MA from Arizona State University and her Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, with a focus on Eighteenth-century English Fiction. From 1993-2019, Dr. Birky taught English and Women’s Studies at Goshen College.
During her time at Goshen College, Dr. Birky has chaired the English department (2001-2006, 2008-2012) and directed the Women’s Studies (later the Women’s and Gender Studies) program (2001-2006, 2007-2018, 2019-present). Dr. Birky has also held a variety of administrative positions: Writing Center Director (1996-2001), Summer Housing Coordinator (1998-2000), General Education director (1999-2003), Humanities division Co-Chair to Academic Affairs (2003-2006, 2009-2011), Faculty Chair (2005-2006), Interim Associate Academic Dean (Spring 2007), Faculty Advocate (2015-2017) and Title IX Deputy Coordinator (2017-2019).
As an advocate for students and gender issues on campus, Dr. Birky has been involved with a variety of student groups, campus issues and events. She has served as the adviser to the Goshen Student Women’s Association (GSWA) and the Goshen Monologues. Collaborating with student leaders, Dr. Birky developed a new confidential resource for students experiencing sexual or interpersonal violence. She collaborates Liz Andes, Director of Health and Wellness and Title IX Deputy Coordinator, on responding to reports of sexual harassment and assault, and gender discrimination. She also works with Dr. Kendra Yoder, Professor of Sociology, on the campus Bystander Education program called PIN: Prevention Intervention Network. She supervises
During 2020-2021, Dr. Birky guided remote learning initiatives on campus and served on the Pandemic Task Force, giving over 75 students options for continuing their GC academic program remotely. Since July 2021, she works closely with Michelle Blank, the Director of Curriculum Design and Academic Success Center, on new teaching and learning strategies for faculty and students. She also works with Prof. Jody Saylor, Assoc. Professor of Biology and Director of Faculty Development, on professional development and mentoring programs for new faculty.