Betsy Crane

Betsy Crane, PhD

  • Professor
  • Co-chair of LGBT Task Force
Areas of Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Psychology & Mental Health

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Human Service Studies, Program Evaluation & Planning (2000)
    Cornell University (NY)
  • MA, Communication, Mental Health Information (1972)
    University of Texas, Austin (TX)
  • BA, Sociology (1971)
    Nazareth College (NY)

About Me

My teaching philosophy and goals are empowerment-oriented, fostering academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, and lifelong learning. Rather than being passive recipients of information, as in the banking model of education (Freire, 1970) where teachers make deposits and students make withdrawals, students are engaged as active learners and co-investigators.

In my classes, students set individual learning objectives for their first assignment, which they later assess in a reflective essay on course learning. My intention is to encourage a lifelong habit of learning and reflection. By setting high academic standards, I foster academic excellence by encouraging students to stretch to reach these standards.

Research Interests

My research agenda includes: a)  traditional sex roles/stereotypes for women and men, where they came from, how they affect sexuality and relationships, and how they are changing; b) the history of sexuality, particularly the history of pre-patriarchal norms and female spirituality and how they affect sexuality today; c) somatic sex education.

Publications

  • Bairstow, A, M., Pillai-Friedman, S., Crane, B., Milhausen, R. R. (2018). Holy grail or nice option: The meaning of penile-vaginal intercourse in “unconsummated” relationships. Canadian Journal of Sexuality. 27(2). doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2018-0015.
  • Crane, B., Towne, A., & Crane-Seeber, J. (2013). The four boxes of gendered sexuality: A framework and lesson plan for teaching about the history and effects of gendered sexuality. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 8(4), 274–305.
  • Crane-Seeber, J. & Crane, B. (2010). Contesting essentialist theories of patriarchal relations: Evolutionary psychology and the denial of history. The Journal of Men's Studies, 18(3), 218–237.
  • Crane-Seeber, J. & Crane, B. (2010). Contesting essentialist theories of patriarchal relations: Evolutionary psychology and the denial of history. The Journal of Men's Studies, 18(3), 218–237.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), American Men's Studies Association (AMSA), Association for Study of Women in Mythology (ASWM), Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

Awards

  • Gamma Eta Rho National Honor Society in Human Sexuality (2009)
  • Distinguished University Professor, Widener University (2014–2017)
  • The Dr. Betsy Crane Award - Award created by the New York State Family Development Association (FDANYS)