September 17, 2001
PCSW discusses goals, projects for 2001-02
By Stephanie Sonnenfeld
Members of the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW)
were greeted by a familiar face when they held their first meeting of
the school year on Sept. 4, in 400 Administration.
Last years chair Deb Floyd was back at the head of the table, after
agreeing to chair the commission for another year. Beth Seelig, associate
professor of psychiatry, will serve as junior chair for the year, and
Kim Smith, an executive assistant in the medical school, is the groups
In committee reports, faculty concerns committee co-chairs Anne Kelley
and Vicki Powers updated the group on its female faculty tenure study
first endorsed by President Bill Chace last year. During the summer, representatives
from Institutional Planning and Research began formal research for the
study, Kelley and Powers said, adding that the two groups will meet later
this month to discuss the data.
Amy Wheeler, who heads the staff concerns committee, was not at the meeting
but left word that her group will meet this month and still is studying
results from its flexible work schedule survey taken last year.
Student concerns committee chair Katie Smith said the group has not yet
met this year but will continue to work on creating mentoring programs
for students and faculty. It also plans to develop various programs for
the Emory Womens Alliance and graduate students. Smith said the
group still is monitoring the need for woman-only upperclass housing.
The group then discussed its tree-planting project, announced last year
to honor the PCSWs 25th anniversary. The 25 trees will be planted
at the new child care facility at Clairmont Campus. Cost for the project
is estimated at $15,000, and the group is looking into fundraising opportunities.
It already has about $5,000 for the project and will continue to accept
Also attending the meeting were Chace, Bob Ethridge, associate vice president
for Equal Opportunity Programs, and Alice Miller, vice president for Human
Miller discussed telecommuting and flex time, explaining their origins
at the University and current efforts to inform as many eligible and interested
employees as possible about these options. "We want to be the [alternative
work schedule] vanguards in Atlanta," Miller said.
The PCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of each month in 400
Administration at 3:30 p.m. Its next meeting will be Oct. 4.
If you have a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Deb Floyd at email@example.com.