Members of the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women
(PCSW) met with President Bill Chace at the groups Feb. 14
meeting in 400 Administration.
Anne Kelley updated Chace on the tenure study conducted by the
faculty concerns committee. She said the committee is finishing
up its research, thanks to the addition of statistics from the School
of Medicine, and the next step is to examine similar studies and
statistics from other institutions, which she and Chace both said
might be difficult to obtain.
Marsha Hendricks and Elaine Gossett of the staff concerns committee
presented a plan for Mentor Emory, a womens mentoring program
for the staff to be co-sponsored by the PCSW and Human Resources.
The program is based on a successful model in place at Georgia Tech,
and an Emory pilot program is anticipated to begin later this month.
Mentors and mentees are both needed, and information about the pilot
program will be advertised across campus in HR publications and
Lynn Kenney reported on the activities of the staff committees
alternative work arrangements subcommittee. She said plans for a
"telecommuting" week at Emory have been put on hold, and
the group is trying to examine ways to implement such an activity.
A website about telecommuting and alternative work arrangements
at the University is close to completion. Hopefully, this will aid
in the promotion of alternative work arrangements universitywide,
Katie Smith and Melanie Styers of the student concerns committee
reviewed the groups recent activities. Thanks to the help
of PCSW member Lisa DeMik of Residence Life, Thomas Hall will be
promoted as an all-female housing option for upperclassman for the
200203 school year. The group is promoting the hiring of a
sexual assault coordinatoran item President Chace said is
also one of great importance to the administration in Campus Life.
Finally, the two said work is being done to revive the Emory Womens
Alliance, a mentoring program for undergraduates and faculty, and
the committee is organizing a lecture series on womens health.
Chace then discussed the possibility of the University reducing
some employee benefits, including health care or courtesy scholarships.
He emphasized that no final decisions have been made and then opened
up the discussion.
Members concerns focused largely on the courtesy scholarship,
many noting they came to work at Emory because of this benefit.
Suggestions about grandfaterhing existing benefits and flexible
education spending funds were discussed, and Chace again said no
final decisions have been made.
In other business, chair Deb Floyd announced plans for the groups
annual spring event to be held April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the School
of Law. Frances Smith Foster, Charles Howard Candler Professor of
English and Women's Studies, will be the featured guest speaker.
Amy Wheeler said PCSW will be accepting nominations for new members
and asked for volunteers from all areas to help in the application
The PCSW holds its meetings on the first Thursday of each month
at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration. Its next meeting will be March
If you have
a question or concern for PCSW, contact chair Deb Floyd at