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Provost's Advisory Council on Women Faculty

Launched in fall 2016, the Provost’s Advisory Council on Women Faculty supports our women and women-identified faculty through work on faculty development and leadership, work-life issues and policies, and pipeline advancement, in order to foster gender equity and even greater career success. Comprised of approximately fifty women and men faculty from across the schools, the Council is part of our collective larger focus on improving diversity and inclusion at Northwestern. The Council is committed to:

  1. Learning from and building upon the significant activities of various women faculty groups that are already occurring in schools across the University;
  2. Expanding our programs for building community and highlighting the scholarship of women and women-identified faculty;
  3. Fostering successful career trajectories of women faculty;
  4. Strengthening leadership training and opportunities; and
  5. Bringing an evidence-based perspective to understanding the experiences of women faculty at Northwestern, and utilizing recent scholarship on women and gender in academia to guide our work.

The entire Council meets quarterly, while working groups focus on particular issues and topics year-round. They are as follows:

  1. Mentoring Group, Chair, Kenzie Cameron, Research Professor, Feinberg, 2019: This new group launched in winter 2019, to advise on how the Provost Office can amplify mentoring available to faculty to increase faculty success and retention. They are working to gather information on existing mentoring programs across Northwestern and to make recommendations for a campus wide mentoring program.
  2. Retention Group, Chair, Amy Paller, Professor and Chair, Feinberg, 2019: This new group, launched in winter 2019, is charged with examining the retention offer process and how it is applied across the University. The Retention work group will examine the process, considering how it is carried out with particular emphasis on transparency. In addition, the work group can consider how more proactive systems could reward productive faculty members who remain at the university, and whether mentoring, negotiation training, or other programs could improve the process.
  3. Pipeline Advancement, Chair, Amy Paller, Professor and Chair, Feinberg, 2016 - 2019: The group’s focus was on the advancement of women faculty from hiring to tenure and beyond. A subcommittee conducted focus groups with 59 tenure-line women faculty and interviews with associate deans and department chairs to investigate the hiring and advancement of women faculty. They presented their report to the Provost and the Council on Women Faculty in 2018. Work on recommendations is on-going by the subcommittee, the Council on Women Faculty, the Office of the Provost, and the schools.
  4. Work Life, Chair, Sandy Waxman, Professor, WCAS, 2016 - 2019: The group gathered information on current NU work-life policies and programs and those at peer institutions. A communications subcommittee studied the Human Resources and Provost Office websites and recommended changes. In addition, their findings helped lead to the revised Faculty Family Leave Policy and Policy on Extending the Probationary Period, and to the creation of the Faculty Work/Life and Family Resources Brochure. They presented their report to the Provost and the Council on Women Faculty in spring 2019. Work on recommendations is on-going by the subcommittee, the Council on Women Faculty, the Office of the Provost, and the schools.
  5. Faculty Development and Leadership, Chair, Mercedes Carnethon, Professor, Feinberg, 2016 - 2018: The committee conducted interviews in summer 2017, to learn what skills are essential to women leaders on campus and what programs/training/experiences helped them to develop these skills.   Their recommendations for expanding training, mentoring, and transparency are for women aspiring to as well as for those women faculty already in formal leadership positions.

Council Members

  • Jabbar R. Bennett (co-chair), Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor of Medicine, FSM
  • Kathleen Hagerty (co-chair), Associate Provost for Faculty; First Chicago Professorship in Finance, Kellogg
  • Ravi Allada, the Edward C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor and Chair, Neurobiology, WCAS
  • Karen Alter, Professor, Political Science, WCAS; Co-Chair, Organization of Women Faculty
  • Elsa Alvaro, Library Department Head, Academic Engagement, NUL
  • Luis Amaral, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick
  • Yarrow Axford, Associate Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, WCAS
  • Danielle Beverly, Assistant Professor, Radio/Television/Film, SoC
  • Ann Bradlow, Professor, Linguistics, and Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, WCAS
  • Linda Broadbelt, the Sarah Rebecca Roland Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research, McCormick
  • Laura Brueck, Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, WCAS
  • Kenzie Cameron, Research Professor, Medicine, FSM
  • Mercedes Carnethon, the Mary Harris Thompson Professor, Preventive Medicine, FSM
  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Vice Provost for Academics; Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, SESP
  • Lawrence Christiano, the Alfred W. Chase Professor of Business Institutions, Economics, WCAS
  • Susan Cohn, Professor, Medicine, FSM
  • Jeannette Colyvas, Associate Professor, Education & Social Policy, SESP
  • Charlotte Crane, Professor, Law
  • John Csernansky, the Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chair, FSM
  • Sumit Dhar, Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, SoC
  • Grace Dodier, Clinical Professor, Law
  • Stephanie Edgerly, Associate Professor, Journalism, Medill
  • Danna Freedman, Associate Professor, Chemistry, WCAS
  • Henry Godinez, Professor, Theatre, SoC
  • Tina Grieco-Calub, Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, SoC
  • Leslie Harris, Professor, History, WCAS; Co-Chair, OWF
  • Larry Hedges, the Board of Trustees Professor and Chair, Statistics, WCAS
  • Lois Hedman, Associate Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, FSM
  • Dana Hill, Clinical Professor, Law; Co-Chair, OWF
  • Lisa Hirschhorn, Professor, Medical Social Sciences, FSM; Co-Chair, WFO
  • Erin Hsu, Research Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, FSM
  • Namratha Kandula, Associate Professor, Medicine, FSM
  • Bryna Kra, Professor, Mathematics, WCAS
  • Roopal Kundu, Associate Professor, Dermatology, FSM
  • Kevin Lynch, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick
  • Mary McBride, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, FSM
  • Rick McGee, Professor, Medical Education and Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development, FSM
  • Donald Nally, Professor, Music Performance, Bienen
  • Sekile Nzinga, Director, Women’s Center
  • Amy Paller, The Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology and Chair, FSM
  • Susan Quaggin, the Charles H. Mayo Professor of Medicine, FSM
  • Baron Reed, Professor, Philosophy, WCAS; President of the Faculty Senate
  • Annelise Riles, Associate Provost for Global Affairs; Executive Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies
  • Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg
  • Sarah Rodriguez, Lecturer, Medical Education, FSM
  • Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Psychology, WCAS
  • Mónica Russel y Rodríguez, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Senior Lecturer, Anthropology, WCAS
  • Babette Sanders, Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, FSM
  • Paola Sapienza, the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Professor of Consumer Finance, Kellogg
  • Miriam Sherin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education; Professor, Education & Social Policy, SESP
  • Karen Smilowitz, the James N. and Margie M. Krebs Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick
  • Teresa Sommer, Research Associate Professor, IPR
  • Farzaneh Sorond, Professor, Neurology, FSM
  • Jim Speta, Professor, Law
  • Larry Stuelpnagel, Assistant Professor, Journalism, Medill
  • Claudia Swan, Associate Professor, Art History, WCAS
  • Ellen Taaffe, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Kellogg
  • Deborah Tuerkheimer, the Class of 1940 Professor, Law
  • Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Professor, African American Studies and Sociology, WCAS
  • Sandra Waxman, the Louis W. Menk Professor, Psychology, WCAS
  • Diane Wayne, the Dr. John Sherman Appleman Professor of Medical Education, Vice Dean for Education, FSM
  • Michelle Weinberger, Associate Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications, Medill
  • Teresa Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Dean, The Graduate School
  • Jindan Yu, Professor, Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, FSM
  • Marina Zelivyanskaya, Research Assistant Professor, Pathology, FSM; Co-Chair, WFO