More Options for Women in Science

For years, higher education leaders have noted the need to broaden the participation of women in science and engineering fields, particularly in leadership roles. While the underrepresentation of senior women science faculty at research universities has been well documented, the status of and challenges faced by senior women scientists at predominantly undergraduate institutions (PUIs) have been widely overlooked.

On Tuesday, September 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will hold an audio conference to report on the recommendations of a recent summit meeting of senior women professors in chemistry and physics from PUIs to discuss the practices, infrastructure, and campus climate needed to enhance the professional careers, visibility, and leadership of women science faculty at PUIs.

Kerry K. Karukstis, a professor of chemistry at Harvey Mudd College and an organizer of the summit, will lead the presentation.

Among the topics she will cover:

• The importance of professional development for faculty members at all career stages.
• The ways that individuals, institutions, and professional societies can promote the professional development of female faculty members in the sciences at PUIs..
• The use of “horizontal mentoring” to support women in science.

The program will feature a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute question-and-answer period. The entire program will last one hour.

The audio conference is ideal for:

• Academic deans
• Academic affairs
• Science chairs and faculty leaders
• EEO and diversity offices
• Women’s issues committee leaders
• Faculty development offices

This audio conference, "More Options for Women in Science," costs $199 for a single telephone line; listen yourself or with a group around a conference table. (Institutions wishing to have multiple people participate from separate locations may need to purchase additional lines.) Register early -- through Friday, September 10 -- and the cost is only $149. Upon registering, you'll be e-mailed information about how to dial in. The day before the conference, we'll send you a PowerPoint that you can use to follow along with the presentation. This is an audio-only conference; you will not need to be connected to the Internet to participate.


About the presenter:

Kerry K. Karukstis is professor of chemistry, Joseph B. Platt Chair in Effective Teaching, and chair of the faculty at Harvey Mudd College. She is a past president of the Council on Undergraduate Research and is currently serving as principal investigator on a collaborative National Science Foundation grant focused on horizontal mentoring of senior women chemistry and physics faculty at liberal arts colleges. Her co-principal investigators are Bridget L. Gourley (DePauw University), Miriam Rossi (Vassar College), and Laura L. Wright (Furman University).

About Inside Higher Ed:

Inside Higher Ed is the leading source of free news, jobs and commentary for professionals in higher education. Sign up for your free daily e-mail alert at