NFL's Ray Anderson named ASU athletic director

January 9, 2014

Today, ASU President Michael M. Crow announced Ray Anderson, executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League, has been named ASU athletic director and university vice president.

Anderson has managed NFL football operations since 2006 and served as vice president of the Atlanta Falcons. A Los Angeles native, Anderson holds a bachelor's in political science from Stanford and a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. Download Full Image

“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director: help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules," said Crow. "Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level, both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.”

“In evaluating the next step in my career, I could not imagine a better, more exciting opportunity,” said Anderson. “I am thrilled to become part of the team at Arizona State and energized by the academic and athletic mission of this great university. I am eagerly looking forward to the challenge of not only continuing the success of Arizona State Athletics but also building on it to accomplish even more in line with President Crow’s priorities.”  

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Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Phone apps, sidewalk guerrilla marketing help teach about gender and violence

January 9, 2014

Sidewalk guerrilla marketing, planning informational campaigns and shooting Vine videos are some of the learning assignments that are part and parcel of Alesha Durfee’s approach to her teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Transformation. 

Durfee, associate professor of women and gender studies, does research on intimate partner violence and teaches courses at the intersection of justice studies and women and gender studies. Part of bringing her research expertise into the classroom translates into engaging students in activities that take them out into the campus community to create awareness and break the silence about domestic violence. students construct a chalk timeline on sidewalk outside Wilson Hall Download Full Image

As class projects, her students have organized tabling events outside ASU’s Memorial Union, offering information on how to recognize intimate partner violence and where to go for support. Last fall, Durfee’s students created an on-campus information event as part of the month-long Paint Phoenix Purple domestic violence awareness campaign. Students also organized the Clothesline Project, where t-shirts created by survivors shared messages about domestic and sexual violence, and were on display on the lawn of ASU’s Student Services Building. It’s a project Durfee says her students in next fall’s WST 375: Women and Social Change will organize again as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

In November, students in her course WST 394: Women and Crime created a chalk timeline on a stretch of sidewalk outside Wilson Hall that encapsulated U.S. domestic violence activism and policy through the years. [see the video about this learning experience] 

“Students took a rather dry chapter in one of our texts, full of facts and figures, and divided it up into manageable sections to digest and summarize,” Durfee says. “They used the timeline to teach each other, and at the same time to take what they’re learning and share it beyond the classroom.” 

Challenging students to encapsulate all that they’d learned about intimate partner violence, she also had student teams in this course create and then critique six-second Vine videos as one of their final assignments. 

“A lot of the most popular Vine videos are humorous, so it was hard for students at first to switch to thinking about using this app to treat a serious topic, but they did some neat, informative treatments,” Durfee says.

In spring 2014, Durfee is teaching WST 477: Women and Violence.  

Maureen Roen

Director, Creative Services, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts