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·CANCELLED: Workshop: Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women’s Experiences
Workshop WEPAN
Sun. April 29, 2018 1:15 PM to 3:15 PM
Salon A, Marriott Crystal City
Session Description

Ticketed event: Workshop - $195.00
This session explores the impact of gender on women’s experiences of campus climate. Through small group activities, a review of the existing research, and large group discussions, this session will seek to shift the dialogue from individual problems and solutions to seeking to acknowledge and identify institutional challenges and solutions.

The session will begin with a series of small group table activities that will facilitate a discussion of the 1) barriers to a positive and equitable gender climate in university units/departments, 2) institutional changes needed to address issues related to gender inequity in participants' institutions, and 3) individual actions by faculty, staff, and administrators that can help to address issues related to gender inequity at institutions. The second portion of the session will involve a PowerPoint presentation summarizing recent literature on the experiences of women faculty and students. The topics covered will include letters of recommendation, evaluation of faculty job candidates, students' ratings of instruction, evaluation of faculty research, and differences in perceived speaking. As I review the research I will invite participants to reflect on and share how this research mirrors or differs from their own experiences in higher education. The final portion of the session will be a large group discussion on shifting the focus from individual solutions to institutional solutions. The session will end with a brainstorming activity focused on generating concrete actions that institutions can take to increase gender equity.

Please note that registration for this pre-conference workshop is restricted to women. The similar "Men Allies for Gender Equity" session is available for men.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Christi McGeorge (Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University).

  1. Dr. Christi McGeorge
    North Dakota State University

    Dr. Christi McGeorge is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Dr. McGeorge earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Couple and Family Therapy. She is a mixed methodologist who is trained in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to research.

    Dr. McGeorge’s research has focused on the influence of heterosexism and homophobia on clinical practice and training, gender equity in therapy, gender equity in higher education, feminist theories, and societal perceptions of single parents. Dr. McGeorge has authored over 35 journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Additionally, she (along with her colleagues) has received well over $1 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation and nonprofit foundations to support their research and advocacy efforts.

    Dr. McGeorge also has extensive experience in program evaluation. For example, she was the internal evaluator for the NSF ADVANCE grant at NDSU and the evaluator for an NSF PLAN-D grant focused on testing the effectiveness of a male advocate and ally program to positively impact university climates for women faculty. Additionally, Dr. McGeorge has presented nationally to groups of women faculty about the impact of gender on women’s experiences of campus climate.

    Dr. McGeorge has been the recipient of a number of awards including the National Council on Family Relations Kathleen Briggs Outstanding Mentor Award, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 2012 Training Award, and the University of Arizona School of Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Achievement Award. She has also been selected to give a number of invited lectures including the 2016 Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice at Kansas State University.

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