Canceled: Faculty panel to discuss issues faced by women in higher education

This event has been canceled.

Four prominent female scientists from UNC-Chapel Hill will discuss Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences on Tuesday, March 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. The panel will talk about promising practices and also challenges that female faculty face in higher education with regard to increasing female enrollment, degree attainment, and faculty recruitment in the sciences.

Registration is open to all, but required to attend.  New and emerging faculty and graduate students may particularly interested in the discussion.

In the past decade, the percentages of women attaining degrees in engineering and computer sciences have remained stagnant yet the fields have the highest demands in the workforce. This choking pipeline has critical implications for the future of science, technology, engineering and math — also known as the STEM fields. With rising attrition of women in multiple STEM arenas, the need to create policies and practices that promote inclusion, leadership and opportunities for women in STEM will be the issue under discussion.

Panelists will include:

  • Jenny PY Ting, PhD (co-director of Inflammatory Diseases Institute; director, Center for Translational Immunology; program leader, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center);
  • Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD (professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health;
  • Valerie Ashby, PhD, (professor and department chair, Chemistry) and
  • Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN (associate professor and coordinator of student diversity and recruitment, School of Nursing).

Associate Professor Silvia Tomášková will moderate the session. Tomášková has extensive experiences in addressing climate issues for women scientists in various science departments through the Women in Science group at UNC, and works to bring distinguished women scientists to campus in an annual public lecture series. Dr. Tomášková has a joint appointment in the Anthropology Department and in Women’s and Gender Studies, and teaches courses in both units.

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Published February 27, 2014. Updated March 4, 2014.