Sexuality and Gender Studies


Kathy McCleaf

Kathy McCleafAssociate Professor of Health and Studies of Gender and Sexuality

Sexuality and Gender Studies is coordinated through the Sociology, Anthropology, Sexuality and Gender Studies Department by Dr. McCleaf.. She has served the MBC community as a faculty member since 1984.  Academic degrees include BS and MS degrees from James Madison University; Harrisonburg, Virginia and an Ed D in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona. Professor McCleaf’s qualitative dissertation examined the identity development and academic success of sexual minority women. Her current research continues this line of inquiry to further understand the with-in group status and structures that affect learning and academic success for sexual minorities. Dr. McCleaf’s classes offer students opportunities to inquiry into the discipline of sexuality and gender studies.

In the off hours during the academic year she spends her time writing, researching, fly fishing, and enjoying the company of family, friends, and her big yellow lab, Ringo. Although a resident of Staunton, during the fall and spring, the height of trout season, you can find her at the nearest coldwater fishing spot throughout the beautiful state of Virginia.

Carey Usher

Carey UsherAssociate Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of the College, and Faculty Director of First Year Experience

Originally from South Carolina, Carey Usher came to MBC in 2002 after completing her graduate work at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her dissertation research examined effects of neighborhood context and social capital on physical and mental health. Further extension of this study focused on social capital and community investment in high poverty areas. Her teaching interests include medical sociology, community and urban sociology, and research methodology. Current research focuses on student success in higher education, with emphases in transition, community cohesion and teaching and advisement. She is a strong supporter of single-gender education, having completed her undergraduate degree at Converse College in South Carolina. She advises several student organizations, including the Sociology Club, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Girl Scouts, Soles for Souls, and College Republicans, and the Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. Drs. Usher and Stuhlsatz are currently serving as Co-Principal Investigators on a gang-assessment initiative with the Office on Youth.

In her spare time, Dr. Usher likes to read, drink coffee, garden, knit/crochet, and spend time with her family and pets. She lives in Staunton with her husband Bryan, their 5 boys, and too many animals.

Associated faculty include:

Dr. Dan Stuhlsatz, associate professor of sociology

Dr. Steve Mosher, professor of health care administration and political science

Dr. Gauri Rai, associate professor of social work

Professor Mary Clay Thomas, associate professor of social work

Dr. Abby Wightman, visiting instructor of anthropology

Professor Chandra Mason, visiting assistant professor of psychology

Dr. Eileen Hinks, adjunct assistant professor of health care administration

Dr. Heather Macalister, assistant professor of psychology