|A PROJECT SUCH AS THIS ONE incurs many debts. First and foremost, I offer my thanks to Emily Allen (Purdue), who bore with me through the often-frustrating production process and has added her own touch to the site by helping me write an extended pre-history of feminism and sexuality in the introduction to Theories of Gender and Sex. I also want to offer special thanks to Linda Hutcheon (U of Toronto), Alan Liu (U of California, Santa Barbara) and Garrett Stewart (U of Iowa) for supporting the project in its early stages when I was still seeking financial support for the expansion of the Guide. Elaine Showalter has also been wonderfully supportive of the work. Their faith in the project allowed it both to get off the ground and to reach completion. Funding for the project comes from various sources; see Awards. The grants have allowed me to acquire new software, hardware, computer manuals, and further training in web design; they have also freed me from some of my teaching duties so that I could devote the sort of time necessary to complete such a project. My thanks also to Laura Mandell, who invited me to Miami U during the fall semester of 2001 to talk over the project with her undergraduate students. Finally, my gratitude to Tom Adler, the former Head of the English Department, for providing me with a new computer as I began work on the project.||
A number of individuals helped me trouble-shoot the early design of the project, especially Emily Allen, Kristina Bross (Purdue), and Michael Eberle-Sinatra (U of Montréal). The project is much better for their timely intervention. I also owe a debt of gratitude for the technical assistance I received from John O'Malley (Coordinator of Technical Communications at Purdue), JoLene Lark (Coordinator of User Services for the English Department), and Purdue's Multimedia Instructional Development Center, where I was taught the intracacies of digital film-transfers. (Thanks especially to the two undergraduate assistants at the MIDC who bore with my learning curve: Randy Franklin and David Eisert). Shawn Rice, a graduate student in computer graphics at Purdue, constructed Theoretical Pursuit: A Self-Test Game, a project that was funded by a Dean's Incentive Teaching Grant at Purdue..
I also thank the many users of the site who have contacted me with corrections since the beta-version of the site went on-line in July of 2002. That sort of interaction really helps to distinguish such a project from a traditional introduction.
Finally, I must thank my students. They have served as my guinea pigs throughout my career as I sought new ways of making the individual theories accessible and engaging. I have had some truly fantastic students here at Purdue; their voices can be heard clearly in each Lesson Plans section within this Guide to Theory.