Month: November 2014

CSW Proposal Advising Program

Dear Colleagues,

For the past nine years the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) has sponsored a Proposal Advising Program aimed at increasing the number of women submitting proposals to SMT annual conferences and the number of proposals by women accepted.  In this program we pair up female graduate students and junior faculty with veterans of previous program committees and/or multiple successful paper proposals who will
work with them to produce an outstanding conference proposal for the upcoming SMT conference.

At this time, we invite participants—both advisees (women) and advisors (women and men)—to join our program in preparation for the January 15, 2015 submission deadline for next year’s meeting in St. Louis.

Please contact me as soon as possible <> if you would like to participate in this program, either as an advisor or advisee.  Mentees must request an advisor before December 8; requests will be filled in the order they are received.  If you wish to have an advisor, please include the following information: 1) a brief description of your proposal topic (2–3 sentences); 2) your institutional affiliation; 3) the name(s) of any advisors with whom you’ve previously worked, if you’ve participated in the program before.

I hope to hear from many of you soon!

Rachel Lumsden
CSW Conference Proposal Advising Program Coordinator

Next Friday in Milwaukee: CSW Negotiation and Self-Advocacy Session

Next Friday night at the AMS/SMT conference in Milwaukee from 8:00-11:00 p.m., the CSW will be holding our annual evening session, this year a panel and audience participation workshop entitled Negotiation and Self-Advocacy for Women. During the first half of the evening, panelists Rachel Lumsden (University of Oklahoma), Stefanie Acevedo (Yale University), Eileen M. Hayes (Towson University), Don Gibson (Florida State University), Áine Heneghan (University of Michigan), Jennifer Iverson (University of Iowa), and Joel Phillips (Rider University, Westminster Choir College) will discuss research and personal perspectives on the impact of race and gender on academic negotiation, strategies that administrators find convincing (or not), experiences negotiating on one’s own behalf (including maternity and family caregiving accommodations), and the role of faculty unions in negotiation.

After a break, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a speed negotiation session with experienced administrators Joseph N. Straus (Graduate Center, CUNY), Brenda Ravenscroft (Queen’s University), and panelists Don Gibson and Joel Phillips. Participants should sit at a table and deliver a concise (e.g. 1-2 minute) request to one of our “faux-administrators,” who will respond as an administrator might and then provide tips on how to improve the participant’s “pitch.” After 10 minutes, the bell will ring and participants will move on to a new administrator.

Drop-in participants are welcome, but we’d love to hear from you in advance if you’re thinking of participating so we can make sure we have enough faux-administrators to go around!

While the session is designed to address negotiation issues particularly common for women, presentations will include valuable information and tips for all AMS/SMT members looking to improve their negotiation and self-advocacy skills, so everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Laurel Parsons at Hope to see you there!