February 19, 2001
PCSW updates Chace
on current projects
By Stephanie Sonnenfeld email@example.com
President Bill Chace met with members of the President's Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) for the second time this school year during the group's Feb.1 meeting.
The first issue presented to Chace was the faculty concerns committee's
proposed female faculty tenure study, for which Chace first showed his
support in September. Co-chairs Molly O'Brien and Vicki Powers reiterated
they have been having problems gathering data on female faculty members.
Many departments don't keep records on subject, creating impediments for
Chace agreed that finding this information is a continuing problem at
many universities because people leave the tenure track for various reasons
that never get recorded because of a lack of exit interviews. He suggested
the group contact Susan Frost, vice provost for institutional planning
and research, and discuss methods for collecting such data.
Karen Fain of the staff concerns committee presented Chace its 1999 "Study
on Invisible Barriers to Women's Advancement at Emory" report. As
a result, two areas of concern were identified for further study: to investigate
programs that enhance the work environment for women and to develop strategies
to inform managers and employees about programs benefiting women's work
A committee examining alternative work situations was thus created, and
the communications subcommittee is studying how Human Resources advertises
its programs that address concerns in the "Invisible Barriers"
study to female employees.
Chace lauded the effort to promote the idea of alternative work schedules
to employees and saw the study as something that could benefit all Emory
employees. "There are some parts of the University where alternative
work schedules would work very well, not just with women," he said.
Liz Stiles and Anna Manasco of the student concerns committee brought
Chace up to speed on its efforts to improve Emory's date rape information
network and the community's access to eating disorder education and support.
The PCSW's current cell phone drive for victims of domestic abuse and
the continuing growth of the Emory's Women's Alliance were also addressed.
Chair-elect Kathy Reed told Chace and the group about plans for the PCSW's
25th anniversary celebration this spring. The April 26 celebration will
take the place of the group's annual spring event and will begin with
a luncheon, where Chace agreed to present the group's annual writing awards.
The day will continue with a panel discussion featuring women who have
been a part of PCSW during the last 25 years. There also will be a tree
planting at the new child-care center at University Apartments, where
the group will plant 25 trees commemorating the PCSW's anniversary.
The celebration will conclude with a reception, where Reed said she'd
like to find a way to honor the past 25 PCSW chairs.
Allison Dykes of the Association of Emory Alumni updated the group on
efforts to better diversify its board. Dykes said a list of 50 possible
candidates has been composed for consideration.
In other business, Oxford's Bing Wei and Beth Seelig from the School
of Medicine were approved as alternate members. Chair Deb Floyd announced
PCSW nominations for the 200102 school year are due March 9, and
Amy Wheeler and Karen Fain will head up the nominations committee. Details
regarding the annual PCSW writing awards are in the process of being finalized,
The group's new website is "two-thirds" done, Floyd added.
Manasco said a letter on behalf of the PCSW welcoming John Ford, senior
vice president and Dean of Campus Life, would be mailed soon.
The next meeting of the PCSW will be March 1 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
If you have a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Deb Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org