Faculty Workshops | University Wide Meetings | Distinguished Lectureships


Career Development workshops and meetings are held periodically through out the year for faculty, department chairs and administrators. A twice yearly Faculty Development workshops take place in cooperation with the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and past workshops have included "Gendered Communication in Academe", "Negotiation at the Academy", "Success Strategies for Women in Academic Careers", and "Successful Mentoring".

Women Faculty who attented a Development Workshop had this to say:

"It encouraged me to continue working towards my career."

"I am currently in the ACES program. I feel a lot of the issues that came up today are being addressed by this program."

"I feel fortunate to have had this awesome opportunity."

"Networking and strategic alliance is important and efficient for the clinical faculty."


Susan S. Case, Gendered Communication in Academe: Understanding the Gap – Valuing the Differences, Feb. 17, 2006

Susan S. Case, Ph.D., of the Department of Organizational Behavior presented the faculty development workshop "Gendered Communication in Academe: Understanding the Gap – Valuing the Differences" on Friday, February 17, 2006 in the 1914 Lounge in Thwing Center. This interactive presentation helped participants recognize the differences and patterns in the ways women and men typically communicate in organizations and how these differences often lead to miscommunication. Participants examined the reasons for these entrenched differences, why they matter, and how they impact meetings and decision-making within the university environment. They left with ideas for closing the gender gap as well as an increased ability to identify the contributions of women's communication patterns to emerging organizational realities.

Deborah M. Kolb, Negotiating in the Academy: a Workshop for Women Faculty, Nov. 11, 2005

Downloads: [Powerpoint Presentation] (Kolb_powerpoint.ppt) | [ Kolb-Deidres_dilemma__handout.doc] | Audio/Video Recording

On Friday, November 11, 2005, Deborah Kolb held her workshop in the 1914 Lounge in Thwing Center. Lunch was provided at 12:30 PM, and the workshop ran from 12:45 to 2 PM. To learn more about Deborah Kolb and her work, please visit her website.

Negotiation is a critical skill in the university - it is one of the ways the system works. When a woman fails to negotiate for what she needs to be successful, the potential for accumulation of disadvantage magnifies.

To be successful in these negotiations requires clarity about what can be negotiated. As we bargain over issues, a parallel discussion - or shadow negotiation - is taking place simultaneously. The shadow negotiation is where relationships, perceptions of power and control, and hidden agendas are most likely to surface.

Working from case examples drawn from academia, Deborah Kolb helped participants develop practical skills for managing the shadow negotiations in ways that promote their interests and those of the university. These ideas are based on her best selling books.

Deborah M. Kolb is the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor for Women and Leadership at the Simmons School of Management. From 1991 through 1994, she was executive director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is currently a senior fellow in the program, where she co-directs the Negotiations in the Workplace Project. She is also a partner in the firm Negotiating Women, Inc.

Kolb is co-author of Her Place at the Table: A Woman's Guide to Negotiating: Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley, 2004) and of The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas that Determine Bargaining Success (Simon & Schuster, 2000). That book was named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top ten business books of 2000 and has been published in paperback under the title Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas of Bargaining

She received her Ph.D. from MIT'S Sloan School of Management, where her dissertation won the Zannetos Prize for outstanding doctoral scholarship.

Sandra Donovan, Success Strategies for Academic Careers: Lessons from Industry, Sept. 23, 2004

Sandra Donovan, Ph.D. (Case, Chemistry) presented "Success Strategies for Women in Academic Careers" as part of a series of ACES networking events at the Center for Women. More than 60 women, including faculty, graduate students, and industry executives, attended the workshop where Donovan shared insights and strategies from her 30 year career in the corporate world and as a consultant to private and public decision makers. The workshop focused on mastering and demonstrating professional excellence in order to have a successful academic career requires more than knowing your field.

At this workshop, interactive discussion were built around vignettes including:
1) How Do I Handle All of These "Extra Tasks" Assigned to Me?
2) Teaching Demands Keep Me From Doing My Research.
3) I Think I'm Targeted to Remain an Associate Professor.
4) I Think I'd Like to Become a Department Head, Provost, or Dean.

Claire Scott Miller, Successful Mentoring , Feb, 2005

Claire A. Scott Milller' s consulting and training expertise has successfully assisted corporations and organizations in maximizing the effectiveness of their human resources. Clients have included professional service firms, Fortune 500 companies, banks, hospitals and government agencies across the United States, Canada and Europe. Her executive coaching has assisted individuals in maximizing their potential and enhancing their career-life satisfaction.

Noted for her customer focused programs, Ms. Miller was selected to be part of a pilot model program on Customer Service Skills training for the nationally recognized Greater Cleveland Growth Assoc.' s Workforce Initiative and a High Performance Leadership Program for high growth companies. Other projects have included a Quality Team Building program for a partnership between MK-Ferguson and Dupont, which has been recognized nationally by both the American Society for Quality Control and the Organizational Development Network. Among others she has also worked with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and the US Navy.

Past research involved directing a Work Family project which gained recognition nationally. While managing the project, Ms. Miller was on a leave of absence from the General Electric Co. where she was a member of the Professional Relations Staff involved with recruiting, training, performance management and EEO.

Ms. Miller has been featured at national and international meetings and conferences (Society of Women Engineers, American Banking Assoc., Professional Secretaries International, Women Going Global (Paris, France) etc. and has been featured in articles by United Press International, Computer Decision Magazine, American Bank Women Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer. She is the co-author of the book, Quality Customer Service in Government and was published in Preparing Professional Women for the Future: Resources for Teachers and Trainers by the University of Michigan.

Ms. Miller has taught at the undergraduate, graduate and executive level at Bridgewater State College, Elon University, Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve University Executive Education. Honors include Who's Who Among University Women, YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Merit, Business Woman of the Month. Her education includes a BA from Denison Univ., M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University, continuing education at Harvard and Radcliffe and advanced training from the National Assoc. of Business Coaches (NABC). She is also certified in several programs (Team Works, Communication Styles) including Franklin-Covey's What Matters Most.


University-wide meetings are held once a year to about climate change issues. Multiple meetings were held with a variety of constituents around campus over 3 days in October 2004 about Improving the Chilly Climate for Women Students, and the Provost's Annual Leadership Retreat for Department Chairs takes place each fall since 2004.

The first University-Wide Meeting of Women Faculty was held on January 26, 2006 to share information and brainstorm the institutionalization of ACES initiatives.

Having Difficult Conversations: Skill-Building for Women, March 7, 2008
Tricks of the Trade for New and Pre-Tenure Faculty: Saving Time and Sanity, Oct. 29, 2007
Emotional Intelligence in the Academic Workplace: A Primer for Women Faculty, April 13, 2007
Success and Survival Strategies, Nov. 3, 2006
University Wide Meeting for Women Faculty, January 26, 2006

Linda Garverick, Having Difficult Conversations: Skill-Building for Women, March 7, 2008

Joann Moody, Tricks of the Trade for New and Pre-Tenure Faculty: Saving Time and Sanity, Oct. 29, 2007

This interactive workshop focused on practical strategies to increase the job satisfaction and overall success of new and Pre- Tenure Faculty. Good practices for self-promotion, engaging good mentors, and how to say "no." JoAnn Moody, PhD, JD, is a national higher education diversity consultant specializing in the recruitment, mentorship, and retention of women and underrepresented minority faculty and graduate students, especially in the STEM fields. She consults with a variety of campuses as well as law, medical, public health, engineering, and other professional schools—to help these entities enhance their diversity. She works directly with search committees, department enhance chairs, deans, provosts, trustees, diversity councils, pre-tenure faculty and their senior faculty mentors. Dr. Moody is a former college professor and higher education administrator. Her problem-based, highly interactive workshops will 'tap into the wisdom' of the participants so that all will have a chance to offer some of their insights, successes, frustrations, and confusions. As the analysis and brainstorming proceed Dr. Moody will share strategies and caveats derived from her consulting and research and she will help participants begin to develop action plans.


Diana Bilimoria,
Emotional Intelligence in the Academic Workplace:
A Primer for Women Faculty, April 13, 2007


University Wide Meeting for Women Faculty, January 26, 2006
Institutionalizing ACES.

On January 26, 2006, ACES held a university wide information sharing and brainstorming session for women faculty. The meeting highlighted ACES initiatives, progress since the program's implication, and recent research findings. Additionally, those in attendance learned about the Provost Leadership Retreat for Deans and Chairs and new university policies.


Bernice Sandler, Success and Survival Strategies, Nov. 3, 2006

Nationally known expert on women's issues and author of Title IX, Dr. Bernice Sandler visited Case October 18-20, 2004, sponsored by WISER (Women in Sciences and Engineering Roundtable) and ACES. She met with faculty, administrators, and staff to discuss the chilly climate on campus for women, gendered behavior in the academy, and mediation of sexual harassment claims. Dr. Sandler also met with students in the WISER community to discuss the importance of mentoring to women students in the sciences and engineering. Bernice Sandler's homepage can be found at this link. (Link will appear in a new window.)


ADVANCE Distinguished Lectureships

With generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Academic Careers in Science and Engineering (ACES) program at Case Western Reserve University seeks to contribute to the development of a national science and engineering workforce that includes the full participation of women at all levels of faculty and academic leadership.

The ADVANCE Distinguished Lectureships will support campus visits by 10 senior women scientists or engineers a year for a minimum stay of 2 days and 2 full nights and a maximum stay of 2 weeks. Distinguished Lectureships will be awarded to science and engineering departments on a competitive basis. The Lecturer will be invited based on mutual research interests with faculty in the host department. She will give 3 to 6 lectures, including specialized seminars or course lectures and a public lecture followed by a reception. The presence of the ADVANCE Lecturers on campus will raise the viability of S&E women faculty for both men and women of all academic levels.

Each Lectureship carries a $2,000 honorarium and funds for travel, lodging, meals, and reception expenses. The deadline for proposals is October 15 for visiting lecturers for Spring 2005 and May 15 for Fall 2005. Exceptions to the deadline will be made for special cases. Applications should include a current CV, list of proposed lectures, and description of interaction with Case faculty.

Distinguished Lectureships at CASE

Doctor Jennifer Lewis visited Case March 28 to 29, 2005. She delivered a public lecture "Direct-write Assembly of 3-D Periodic Structures from Colloidal and Organic Ink" on Monday, March 28 in White 411 at 4:00pm. PDF flyer.

Doctor Viola Birss visited Case April 10 to 13, 2005. Her public lecture was scheduled for April 12.

Doctor Kristin Fichthorne will be visited Case April 19 to 22, 2005.

Doctor Martha Gray visited Case March 14 to 16, 2005.

Doctor Maria Minniti conducted a public lecture on February 23, 2005.

Mary Beckerle of the University of Utah was hosted by Cathy Carlin of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics on December 13 and 14, 2004, and delivered the public lecture "Communication between the Cytoskeleton and the Nucleus: The Roles of LIM Proteins in Muscle Development and Disease." PDF flyer.

Ana Achuccaro of the University of Leiden was hosted by Tanmay Vachaspati of the Department of Physics from October 31 to November 11, 2004, and delivered the public lecture "The Virtues of Defects: Bridging the Gap between the Cosmos and the Laboratory." PDF flyer.

Cristina Amon of Carnegie Mellon University was hosted by Alexis Abramson of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and delivered the public lecture "Hierarchical Modeling of Nano-scale Thermal Transport: Applications to Microelectronics."PDF flyer.

Nancy Reid of Toronto University was hosted by Jiayang Sun of the Department of Statistics from September 30 to October 1, 2004, and delivered the public lecture "Statistics: Good for Your Health." PDF flyer.

Naomi Lamoreaux of UCLA was hosted by Susan Helper of the Department of Economics from September 20 to 24,2004, and delivered the public lecture "Cleveland's Inventor Networks: A 19th Century Precursor to Silicon Valley?" PDF flyer

Nancy Adler of McGill University was hosted by Diana Bilimoria of the Department of Organizational Behavior from April 11 to 16, 2004, and delivered the public lecture "Global Leaders: a Dialogue with Future History."PDF flyer.

Debra Rolison of the Naval Research Laboratory was hosted by Daniel Scherson of the Department of Chemistry from February 16 to 18, 2004. PDF flyer.

Dawn Bonnell of the University of Pennsylvania was hosted by Arthur Heuer of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering From January 27 to 29, 2004. PDF flyer.

Julie Morris of Washington University in St. Lewis was hosted by Steven Hauck of the Department of Geological Sciences from January 24 through 28, 2004.