USFSM professor presented with Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award for her work and research with women’s issues

Dr. J. Lynn McBrien, assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), has been presented with the 2011 USF System Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Faculty Research Award for her research and work with refugee girls and women in the United States.

The USF System WLP Faculty Research Award recognizes USF System faculty whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women’s issues and women’s initiatives.

McBrien’s primary area of research examines the effect of war on girls and women who have resettled in the United States, those who have remained in refugee camps and those who have returned to their native countries post-war.  She has explored the connection between discrimination and academic motivation in adolescent refugee girls and evaluated refugee agency programs working to create bridges between new refugees to the U.S., social services, and schools.

“Dr. McBrien’s research and achievements with refugee youth and women in Uganda, Ghana, and Liberia have brought worldwide recognition to the university,” said Dr. Terry Osborn, dean of the College of Education at USFSM.  “Her contributions as a leader in women’s issues have enhanced the reputation of USF Sarasota-Manatee around the globe.”

McBrien plans to continue with development of educational programming for use locally, statewide, nationally and internationally with women and girls affected by war.  She will also work with the USF Library Holocaust and Genocide Studies Digital Special Collection with a section on Northern Uganda.

McBrien was supported in her application by Osborn and was recommended for the award by Niki L. Kelly, director of Refugee Youth and Naturalization Programs, Florida Center for Survivors of Torture at Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.

USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy was pioneered by President Judy Genshaft and Carol Morsani.  Since its inception, members and friends of USF WLP have come together to create a network of community leaders who are educating, supporting and guiding women and students scholars in their growth as leaders and philanthropists. To learn more about the USF WLP, please contact Barb Lewis at 941.359.4737 or