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Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group Launches New Website

Mi-Hyun Park

COE Women Faculty Members

The College of Engineering Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group has just launched a new website called the “Engineering Women's Faculty Forum” (e-WFF): The group consists of Erin Baker, Caitlin Butler, Eleni Christofa, Aura Ganz, Lixin Gao, Song Gao, Chaitra Gopalappa, Friederike Jentoft, Maureen Lynch, Jenna Marquard, Ana Muriel, Mi-Hyun Park, Sarah Perry, Shelly Peyton, Sue Roberts, and Jessica Schiffman.

As the website notes, “Our goal is the development of successful engineering female faculty members in research, teaching, and service. For more information contact us!

The Engineering Women Faculty Group (EWFG) provides mutual mentoring to female faculty at all ranks in the College of Engineering enabling it participants to navigate professional development in this competitive world. Moreover, the group devises creative approaches to developing long-term relationships among female faculty and provides continuous support that will lead to a thriving academic career for all involved.

The Engineering Women's Faculty Forum (e-WFF) organizes a variety of activities for the purposes of mentoring, networking, and professional development. These include:

  1. Monthly lunch meetings
  2. End of semester social gathering to discuss the progress made during the semester
  3. Invited speakers
  4. Supporting women graduate students in the College of Engineering

In its meetings the women’s faculty group will discuss the following topics:

  • Developing Professional Networks
    We have built a sustainable network among women faculty in the College of Engineering, working on the members’ professional development and expanding their professional network across departments and colleges.
  • Excelling at Teaching and Research
    We share teaching strategies and methods; and promoted research collaboration within the group and introduced outside resources to the members.
  • Understanding Tenure and Evaluation
    Pre-tenure faculty members seek advice about their progress toward tenure from tenured professors. Tenured faculty members who serve or have served on personnel committees are encouraged to comment on the criteria and processes for evaluation. Individuals learn how best to prepare their tenure and evaluation packages to highlight their contributions in teaching, research and service.
  • Creating Work-Life Balance
    Female faculty often finds it more challenging to balance work and life. We have been sharing our stories to tackle personal problems and issues such as prioritizing demands between work and home, commuter marriages, childcare, aging parents, being single in a family-oriented community.
  • Getting to Know the Institution We have invited the department Heads/Chairs, the Dean and the Provost to our meetings to provide historical view of the department/college on tenure, promotion and diversity. (May 2015)