Jennie Hemingway is an assistant director in the Center for the Study of Masculinties and Men's Development, where she assisted with establishing CSMMD and seeking external funding. Jennie is currently involved in social norms research regarding dating violence, sexual assault and stalking behaviors on campus; bystander intervention programming and works with CSP graduate students on independent study and practicum hours. Jennie is associate faculty RPTA/CSP and has taught in the Social Work program. She serves on the Judicial Board and is the faculty/staff advisor to Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority at Western. She received her bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University, her M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Idaho and is currently a student in the higher education doctoral program at Illinois State University.
Jennie had been involved in funded research including "Let's Talk About Sex." This focus group research initiative involved male and female students to gather information on topics including sexual beliefs, rape myths, healthy dating behaviors, sexual nonviolence risk information, relationship norms, sexual abuse, alcohol and sexual violence, intervening in risk situations, where to get help after sexual violence, and how to make interpersonal violence prevention programs more personally relevant for students. The study aided in the development of specific recommendations about interpersonal violence intervention/education programs derived from the focus groups using qualitative analysis procedures and grounded theory. The study was funded by the Office on Violence Against Women Grant #2010-WA-AX-0004. Jennie was also part of the grant writing team for "Western Men Taking Responsibility." This program will implement bystander behavior training and a social media campaign involving men in the solution to reduce interpersonal violence on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University. This project is being funded by the Verizon Foundation.
Jennie is involved in CSMMD, because society in general is quick to say "boys will be boys." In accepting this line of thinking, society misses the opportunity to explore why men are not persisting in education, are over-represented in the judicial system, are drinking and experiencing violence more and why society does not involve men in finding solutions to problems instead of always placing blame. Jennie is interested in addressing these issues and utilizing her discoveries to promote healthy male development.