A new year meant new business for the President’s Commission
on the Status of Women (PCSW), which held its first meeting of the
academic year on Sept. 5 in 400 Administration.
Chair Beth Seelig began the meeting with updates from PCSW’s
various committees. Anne Kelley of faculty concerns said the committee’s
study on female faculty tenure is closer to completion, thanks to
help from Daniel Teodorescu of Institutional Planning and Research.
The group is still working to obtain data from the School of Medicine,
Kelley said, adding that committee member Susan Gilbert of Goizueta
Business School would be examining the study’s research methods.
Kelley said the committee is interested in obtaining data as to
why some female faculty leave Emory. Allison Dykes of the Association
of Emory Alumni said the Well House facilitates focus groups for
such research and that Institutional Advancement recently utilized
its services for a study.
President Bill Chace was at the meeting and said he had been in
discussions with Claudia Adkison from the School of Medicine regarding
its data. He said Adkison was willing to work with the committee.
“I would like to know why women and men leave,” he said,
noting that one obstacle in obtaining such information is that it
is labor intensive.
Staff concerns chair Susan Lee said the committee will convene its
first meeting Sept. 17. She said the committee would continue to
work on Mentor Emory and the alternative work arrangements study
from two years ago. Student concerns chair Tiffany Worboy said the
group had yet to meet and would do so later in the month.
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, associate professor of women’s
studies, spoke to the group about possible co-sponsorship of upcoming
events. Garland-Thomson is responsible for an upcoming women’s
studies colloquium exploring disabilities and the Holocaust. Members
approved in-name sponsorship of the event.
The commission will meet again Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.
have a question or concern for PCSW, e-mail Beth Seelig at firstname.lastname@example.org.