Nancy Steffen–Fluhr, PhD, associate professor in the department of humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), received at NJIT’s annual awards convocation today, the Constance Murray Diversity Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Steffen-Fluhr, of West Milford, teaches courses in gender and technology, science fiction and computer-mediated collaborative writing. She also serves as the director of NJIT’s Murray Center for Women in Technology.
Steffen-Fluhr’s research explores the relationship between gender and technology as interdependent social constructs, with a special interest in how gender and sex are depicted in U.S. film and television.
Her scholarly publications include essays on science fiction writers James Tiptree and H.G. Wells and the classic 1950’s science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She has published studies on filmmakers Billy Wilder and Terry Gilliam. Eclectic in her interests, Steffen-Fluhr’s most recent writing includes an analysis of the Toys R Us website, a critique of right-wing guru Christina Hoff Sommers, and a study of the disabled male body in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.
Steffen-Fluhr’s “Women in Technology” course includes an extended segment on Lillian Gilbreth, author of Cheaper by the Dozen. The course includes conversations with three of Gilbreth’s surviving sons who live in nearby Montclair and have donated family memorabilia to NJIT’s Women’s Center. Steffen-Fluhr received her PhD from Brandeis University.