Dr. Elroi Windsor grew up in Wilkes-Barre, a small city in northeastern Pennsylvania. Dr. Windsor attended Chatham College, a small women’s college in Pittsburgh, then moved to New York City for a few years before starting graduate school at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
What attracted Dr. Windsor most to Salem was the sense of familiarity and community. Dr. Windsor absolutely loved attending Chatham College (now Chatham University) as an undergraduate student. That educational environment at Chatham inspired Dr. Windsor to become a college professor. Being part of Salem is like a long-awaited homecoming.
Dr. Windsor believes one of the greatest strengths of a women’s college is empowering students to speak in the classroom. This unique environment helps women find their voices. It can also help support people from marginalized communities through intensive education and mentoring. Through fostering strong one-on-one relationships between students and teachers, small women's colleges promote an accessible atmosphere where academics, professionalism, and personal growth thrive.
Dr. Windsor’s research interests focus on the intersections between gender and healthcare. Two articles from Dr. Windsor’s master’s thesis on transgender men’s healthcare experiences are being revised and there are plans for several articles from Dr. Windsor’s dissertation, which examined the surgical body modification experiences of transgender and cisgender communities, to be published.
In addition, Dr. Windsor is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Windsor is an editor of a book called Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader. Dr. Windsor and the co-editors are currently working on the book's fourth edition. Dr. Windsor also published a co-authored article in Teaching Sociology called “Teaching Transgender.”
Currently, Dr. Windsor is acclimating to Salem’s student community. Dr. Windsor has had great conversations with individual students after class, in the office, and around the campus and is starting to mentor students who are interested in applying to graduate school. The campus organization Open Up selected Dr. Windsor to be their faculty co-sponsor. All of these experiences have confirmed that Salem students are an exceptionally talented group of people.
One important benefit of majoring in sociology at Salem is its broad applicability to a variety of professional outcomes. Sociology majors can go on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines. Dr. Windsor has also seen sociology majors obtain employment in diverse careers including education, childcare, healthcare, social work, law enforcement, private research, public service, non-profit and advocacy organizing.
Dr. Windsor would advise students to think carefully about the sequencing of their class schedules. Sociology majors should try to take introductory classes like Critical Analysis of Social Issues before their junior year and before they take more substantive classes that explore introductory issues in depth. Thoughtful sequencing will prepare students for advanced studies on specific social issues.
Dr. Windsor’s family includes Dr. Windsor’s partner, Aly, and their two children, Avie and Izzy. They moved to Winston-Salem with three dogs (Hottie, Molly, and Darcy) and two cats (Lenny and Miss Kibbins). If you think that’s a lot, the four-legged family members once constituted a herd of five dogs and three cats. Lint rollers are essential household items.