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College of Liberal Arts Gender Council

The COLA Gender Council was active from May 2010 to August 2011.

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March 3, 2011

CoLA Gender Council Subcommittees are examining five action items:

Productivity: The goal is to define productivity at the departmental level in the interest of establishing and recognizing best practices. The assessment of productivity has implications for promotion and tenure and for merit increases. Members of the subcommittee on productivity have been interviewing Liberal Arts department chairs since fall 2010 and continue this work in spring 2011.

Mentorship: The council sees the need to improve mentorship at all levels from graduate students through full professors. The second stage of this project is now underway, with members of the subcommittee on mentorship conducting interviews as part of an IRB-approved study.

Graduate Student Affairs: What began as a project with a specific gender bent has progressed into an examination of the situation of liberal arts graduate students in general. The subcommittee on graduate student affairs held its first open forum for graduate students on February 18, 2011. The event was attended by students from social sciences and from humanities programs. Several suggestions from graduate students are under consideration in the Dean's office.

Dual Career Hires: The council will look into the question of whether it is possible to systematize the way that dual career hiring is done in the College of Liberal Arts, and the climate issues associated with such hires. We have received IRB approval for this project and intend to move forward with it by Fall 2011.

Lecturers: The newest action item to be added to the Gender Council's portfolio is a study of lecturers. The goal is to achieve a general picture of the situation of lecturers in Liberal Arts and to make relevant policy recommendations. This work follows an examination that was done at the University level nearly 10 years ago, which has resulted in positive changes for some but not all lecturers.

October 15, 2010

The College of Liberal Arts Gender Council met on September 20, 2010, to begin work on our four action items: Productivity, Mentorship, Graduate Student Affairs, and Dual-Career Hires. The outcome of the meeting was the establishment of four subcommittees, each charged with one action item.

May 10, 2010

The first meeting of the College of Liberal Arts Gender Council was held on May 10, 2010.  At this meeting, the council decided to focus on mentorship, definitions of productiviy, dual-career hiring, and graduate student affairs, as these topic affect the College of Liberal Arts.

Present:
Chelsea Adler, School of Social Work, Senate of College Councils
Lauren Apter, Senior Staff, College of Liberal Arts
Sandra Black, Professor, Department of Economics
Karen Grumberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Susan Heinzelman, Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Randy Lewis, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies
Rebecca Lewis, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Christina McCoy, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Graduate Student Assembly
Al Martinich, Professorship, Department of Philosophy
Esther Raizen, Associate Dean for Research, College of Liberal Arts
Sharmila Rudrappa, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Cinzia Russi, Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian
Megan Seaholm, Lecturer, Department of History
Dana Stauffer, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Department of Government
Jennifer Wilks, Associate Professor, Department of English
Debbie White, Lecturer, Department of Linguistics

Regrets:
Ann Cvetkovich, Professor, Department of English and Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Wendy Domjan, Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology