WGS Mentoring Program

Sponsored by  MSSA Women, Gender and Sexualities Committee

The MSSA Women, Gender and Sexualities Committee invite the membership to engage in discussions, with the purpose of the initiative to provide support, mentoring, and resources to undergraduate, graduate and junior faculty members of the MSSA.


Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Balancing family and career responsibilities/aspirations
  • Sexual harassment
  • Preparing for the job market
  • Getting tenure and promotion
  • Developing a research agenda
  • Applying to and succeeding in graduate school
  • Teaching support
  • Publishing
  • Collegiality
  • Career options (applying for post-doc positions, grants, etc…)
  • LGBT issues

To begin your inquiry, email the Chair of the Women, Gender and Sexualities Committee, Sarah Donley, indicating your questions or concerns.

The Committee also offers this list of online resources:

American Association of University Professors Resources on Women in Higher Education
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/resourcesStatement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/policydocs/contents/workfam-stmt.htmDisparities in the Salaries and Appointments of Academic Women and Men (1998)
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/menwomenpay.htmAAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/research/geneq2006.htmFaculty Salary and Faculty Distribution Fact Sheet 2003-04
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/research/2003-04factsheet.htmThe AAUP’s Committee on Women Responds to Lawrence Summers (2005)
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/comm/rep/SummersResponse.htmOrganizing Women Faculty
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/westOrganizingWomen.htmSummary of Wage Gap Studies (2000)
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/wagegap2000.htmGender Inequities Persist on U.S. Campuses
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2007/JF/AW/GenEquity.htmFaculty Forum: It Takes a Village to Create a Full Professor
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2005/MJ/Col/ff.htmWorking Mothers and Gender Discrimination
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/women/eubenDiscrimination.htmKids on Campus
http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/pubsres/academe/2007/JA/Feat/keye.htmDo Babies Matter (Part II)? Closing the Baby Gap

Hitting the Maternal Wall

Balancing Work and Family for Faculty: Why It’s Important

Developing and Implementing Work-Family Policies for Faculty

Fear Factor: How Safe Is It to Make Time for Family?

Family-Friendly Policies and the Research University

Working Part Time After Tenure

Do Babies Matter? The Effect of Family Formation on the Lifelong Careers of Academic Men and Women

Sexual Harassment:Suggested Policy and Procedures for Handling Complaints

Sexual Harassment Policies (2002)

Legal Watch: Sexual Harassment Policies on Campus

Contact MSSA:
Jessica Abbott, President