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Women’s Mentoring Program

MSSA Women’s Mentoring

Sponsored by  MSSA Committee on Women

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

Topics include (but are not limited to):

  1. Balancing family and career responsibilities/aspirations
  2. Sexual harassment
  3. Preparing for the job market
  4. Getting tenure and promotion
  5. Developing a research agenda
  6. Applying to and succeeding in graduate school
  7. Teaching support
  8. Publishing
  9. Collegiality
  10. Career options (applying for post-doc positions, grants, etc…)
  11. LGBT issues

Mentoring: Questions on any of the above topics will be addressed in one of two ways: 

  • Open discussion forum
  • Private one-on-one sessions

To begin your inquiry, email the Chair of the Committee on Women indicating your question/concern and your preference for a one-on-one session with a mentor or an open discussion with all members of the caucus (including male members).  
The Committee also offers this list of online resources:

American Association of University Professors Resources on Women in Higher Education
Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work
Disparities in the Salaries and Appointments of Academic Women and Men (1998)
AAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006
Faculty Salary and Faculty Distribution Fact Sheet 2003-04
The AAUP’s Committee on Women Responds to Lawrence Summers (2005)
Organizing Women Faculty
Summary of Wage Gap Studies (2000)
Gender Inequities Persist on U.S. Campuses
Faculty Forum: It Takes a Village to Create a Full Professor
Working Mothers and Gender Discrimination
Kids on Campus
Do 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