For Deans & Department Chairs
Workshops for Deans & Department Chairs
These workshops are a resource for departments, faculty development centers, colleges, and university systems. They are designed to augment existing professional development programs and services. Covered are ways a department can save money by eliminating a chilly climate and the benefits to instituting family-friendly policies. Also discussed are ways to avoid the potential for legal liability.
Building a Department in an Era of Tight Budgets: It’s Cheaper to Keep Her (23 mins)
This workshop is designed for deans and department chairs. It is discussed in two basic parts. The first explains all of the ways that a department can save money by eliminating a chilly climate and instituting family-friendly policies. An integral part of this is avoiding legal liability. There’s a new kind of lawsuit that is increasingly filed and unfortunately presents a different risk for universities than they have seen in the past. The second part of the video covers legal risks and gives the information needed in order to avoid legal liability.
The Competitive Edge: Best Practices for Family Friendly Policies (18 mins)
Many universities have taken significant steps to create family-friendly policies in order to recruit and retain parents. The federal agencies that support science have also begun to introduce family friendly initiatives. This video reviews promising policies and invites participants to examine their own university’s policies.
Do Babies Matter? I, II, III (15 mins)
This workshop addresses the fact that although women now receive more than 50% of PhDs, there are far fewer women than men at the top of the academic hierarchy; these women at the top are paid somewhat less than men, and they are much less likely than men to have children. Three versions are offered: version I is focused on women in STEM fields; version II covers postdoctoral scholars and graduate students; version III covers academic women in all disciplines.
Double Jeopardy?: How Gender Bias Differs by Race (24 mins)
This workshop explores how the experience of gender bias differs by race. It’s based on a study that was done for Tools for Change where we interviewed 60 women of color in science. What we have done is look specifically at how women of color experience gender bias and how that experience differs from the experience of white women.
Some Things Are Illegal
This workshop gives a short introduction to three developments that may make universities more vulnerable to lawsuits than they have traditionally been. The first is a new but rapidly growing area of the law called Family Responsibilities Discrimination. Title IX compliance is the second; it prohibits pregnancy discrimination and may require maternity leave for students, graduate students, and postdocs. The workshop also provides an introduction to the kinds of gender stereotyping that can give rise to difficulties in the event of a lawsuit.