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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 and enhance pipeline programs;
  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 Council created three working groups in spring 2016. They are as follows:

  1. Faculty Development and Leadership, Chair, Mercedes Carnethon, Associate Professor, Feinberg: 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, with the goal to recommend implementing or expanding programs/training.
  2. Pipeline Advancement, Chair, Amy Paller, Professor and Chair, Feinberg: The group’s focus is on advancement of women faculty from hiring to tenure and beyond. One subcommittee is writing a recommendation regarding instituting a university-wide exit interview process. A second subcommittee will conduct focus groups/interviews to investigate the advancement of assistant professors to tenure (and to a lesser extent, to full professor) in various schools and departments. The Office of Change Management is assisting the focus groups subcommittee.
  3. Work Life, Chair, Sandy Waxman, Professor, WCAS: They have gathered information on current NU policies and programs and those at peer institutions. They will design a survey/study of faculty and leaders to determine current implementation and communication around the policies, as well as to ask what problems faculty encounter around family/life issues and whether we have policies that address these issues. The goal is to make recommendations around changes in policies or in implementing/communicating current policies. They have formed two subcommittees. A Communications Subcommittee is examining how our current policies and programs are communicated, with an emphasis on websites, and will meet with the Office of Work-life. A second subcommittee on survey/interviews will work with the Office of Change Management to design a study on faculty’s experiences with work life policies, implementation, and issues.

Learn more about the various activities and programs related to the Council's work.

Council Members

  • Jabbar R. Bennett (co-chair), Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Professor of Medicine, FSM
  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale (co-chair), Vice Provost for Academics and Co-Associate Provost for Faculty; Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, SESP
  • Ravi Allada, the Edward C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor and Chair, Neurobiology, WCAS
  • Estella Alonso, Professor, Pediatrics and Medical Social Sciences, FSM
  • Karen Alter, Professor, Political Science, WCAS; Co-Chair, Organization of Women Faculty
  • Luis Amaral, Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, McCormick
  • Danielle Beverly, Assistant Professor in Residence, Communication Program, NU-Q*
  • Yarrow Axford, Associate Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, WCAS
  • 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 and Chair Asian Languages and Cultures, WCAS*
  • Kenzie Cameron, Research Professor, Medicine, FSM*
  • Mercedes Carnethon, the Mary Harris Thompson Professor, Preventive Medicine, FSM
  • Lawrence Christiano, the Alfred W. Chase Professor of Business Institutions and Chair, Economics, WCAS
  • Susan Cohn, Professor of Medicine, FSM
  • Jeannette Colyvas, Associate Professor, SESP*
  • Charlotte Crane, Professor, Law
  • John Csernansky, the Lizzie Gilman Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Chair, FSM
  • Sumit Dhar, Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders, SoC
  • Grace Dodier, Associate Clinical Professor, Law
  • Alice Eagly, the James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences Professor, Psychology, WCAS
  • 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*
  • Larry Hedges, the Board of Trustees Professor and Chair, Statistics, WCAS
  • Erin Hsu, Research Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, FSM; Co-Chair, WFO*
  • 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-Johnson, Director, Women’s Center
  • Amy Paller, The Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology and Chair, FSM
  • Destiny Peery, Associate Professor, Law
  • Susan Quaggin, the Charles H. Mayo Professor of Medicine, FSM
  • Baron Reed, Professor, Philosophy, WCAS; President of the Faculty Senate*
  • Annelise Riles, Executive Director, Buffett Institute for Global Studies
  • Lauren Rivera, Associate Professor, Management and Organizations, Kellogg
  • Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Psychology, WCAS
  • Mónica Russel y Rodríguez, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Babette Sanders, Professor, Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences, FSM
  • Paola Sapienza, the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Professor of Consumer Finance, Kellogg
  • Miriam Sherin, SESP; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education*
  • 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, Instruction, 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
    *2018-2019 new members