Month: July 2014

CSW Events at SMT Milwaukee 2014

At the Milwaukee conference this coming October, the CSW will present two events open to all SMT and AMS members:

1) Friday, November 7, 8:00-11:00 p.m: Our evening session this year, “Negotiation and Self-Advocacy Skills for Women,” follows up on concerns discussed at last year’s CSW Brown Bag Lunch. In the first part of the evening, Rachel Lumsden (University of Oklahoma) and Stefanie Acevedo (Yale University) will speak on the impact of gender and race on academic negotiation, followed by Don Gibson (Florida State University) and Eileen M. Hayes (Towson University) on negotiation from the perspective of administrators; Áine Heneghan (University of Michigan) on her perspective as a faculty member who has been successful in negotiating on her own behalf, and Joel Phillips (Rider University) on the role of faculty unions in negotiation. Following a short break, the second half of the evening will be devoted to a speed negotiation session, where audience members will have a short time to rotate through several senior administrators, pitch a single request, and receive feedback from each of the administrators on how to improve their pitch. The roster of administrators so far includes speakers Don Gibson and Joel Phillips, Brenda Ravenscroft (Queen’s University), and Joseph N. Straus (Graduate Center, City University of New York).

If you would like to participate in the speed negotiation session, please pre-register by sending your request to the CSW Chair at While we will attempt to accommodate as many drop-in participants as possible, by pre-registering as soon as possible you will help us to ensure that we have a sufficient number of mentors to meet the demand, and no one needs to be turned away.

2) Saturday, November 8, 12:15-1:45: All SMT members are welcome to join us for the Annual CSW Brown Bag Lunch. This valuable session allows us to share with you our activities over the past year and ideas for the next, but most importantly, it allows us to hear from you about the issues you feel are most pressing for women in SMT, so that we can plan future activities and resources accordingly.  These are always very lively discussions, so bring your sandwiches and your ideas!


Welcome from the CSW Chair

On behalf of the SMT Committee on the Status of Women, welcome to our new blog! We hope this site will serve as a dynamic, supportive space not just for women, but for all music theorists interested in understanding the challenges and rewards of being a female theorist in a male-dominated field, and helping to promote gender equity in academic life. Like the CSW page on the SMT website, this blog will provide information on our mandate and activities, including mentoring programs and conference events, but it also offers something new and exciting—the opportunity for interactive engagement.

In the Blog section, you will be able to read posts by committee members and other contributors—if you have an idea for a guest blog, let us know! If you want to share a link to a great article, send it in for our Resources and Links page. We have also included a link to our new and improved Bibliography on Women and Gender in Music. Since it is now a Wiki, if you have published an article on the subject, or we have missed an important reference, you can add it to the bibliography yourself to help keep the bibliography current and comprehensive. We plan to introduce other interactive areas in the coming weeks.

To help all of us increase our awareness of what types of challenges and rewards women are experiencing as music theorists, we will soon be adding a section where users can anonymously submit their own experiences for others to read. In this section of the blog, comments will be disabled, and to protect the identities of all concerned every story will be vetted by a blog administrator to remove details that might identify specific individuals or institutions. (The blog that inspired this idea is What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy?,

You might be wondering about the Ask Me! area. We are keeping the details under wraps until it is fully operational, but we are working on some great new interactive resources that we think you will find useful. Look for an announcement soon.

In a word, this site is solution-focused. In my time as Chair, I’ve received letters from female and male theorists who have either encountered or witnessed some form of gender inequity or discrimination; these issues affect all of us. When we look at how things have changed since the early years of our field, there is much to celebrate, but there is still a lot of distance to cover, so please join us in generating solutions to move us forward!

Laurel Parsons
Chair, SMT Committee on the Status of Women