Faculty Senate Committee on Women


The Faculty Senate Committee on Women consists of nine faculty members elected by the Faculty Senate. The committee also has ex officio members including the provost or a designee, the director of the Center for Women, the chairs of the Minority Affairs Committee, Women Faculty of the School of Medicine, and the University Advisory Council on Women or their designees, and others as shall be determined by the elected members of the committee. The committee's charge is to act in an oversight and advisory capacity and monitor all issues regarding parity for women faculty.


Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership


IDEAL is a three-year nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to seed gender and minority equity and institutional transformation academic S&E at leading universities in the northern Ohio region. Awarded to Dr. Lynn T. Singer, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Case Western Reserve University it is a partnership with five regional public universities: Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, University of Akron and the University of Toledo.


ACES+ Academic Careers in Engineering & Science


With generous support from the National Science Foundation, NSF-Advance (grant #0245054) the Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (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.


Women Faculty of the School of Medicine


The Women Faculty of the School of Medicine invites you to join
your colleagues in achieving our goals:

  • To promote equity for women with regard to faculty status and salary

  • To eliminate gender discrimnation at all levels in the School of Medicine

  • To assure the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the School of Medicine and provide advice to the administration and individual departments for the attainment of the objective

  • To increase awareness of all members of the University with regard to women's issues

  • To facilitate communication among women within the School of Medicine and with other professional women, in order to consolidate efforts to improve the overall status of women


Women's Studies at CWRU


Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to think critically and creatively by employing gender as a primary category of analysis. The program is set up to examine a variety of issues of specific interest to women and of general interest to scholars of gender studies across a variety of diverse cultural and historical settings.


The Faculty Parents of Young Children

This group consists of faculty from all corners of the university who have at least one child under the age of 5.  The group comes together to share information and resources, work on family-friendly policy issues and enjoy new connections and moral support.  Please contact Eileen Anderson-Fye at epa5@case.edu or Lisa Koops at lisa.koops@case.edu for information or to join the listserv.



CWRU Gender & Salary Study
Climate Surveys


Executive Coaching; Hotline Coaching; Advance Opportunity Grants; & other opportunities


The Academic Careers in Engineering & Science (ACES) program at Case Western Reserve University was part of the NSF-ADVANCE Institutional Transformation program to develop a national STEM workforce that includes the full participation of women at all levels of faculty and academic leadership and to improve the climate for women faculty through the initiatives that benefited the entire campus.


Led by Deputy Provost Lynn Singer, ACES developed innovative strategies to promote a culture of equity, participation, openness and accountability at Case Western Reserve University. 


The five-year $3.5 million grant created a model of institutional transformation, particularly in the areas of faculty recruitment, advancement, development, and retention policies, that improved accountability and effectiveness at the school/college and departmental level.


Through the support of President Barbara Snyder and Provost Bud Baeslack, four of the innovative initiatives have been institutionalized at CWRU as ACES+: Executive Coaching, Hotline Coaching, Advance Opportunity Grants and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program for Minorities.

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For more information contact Amanda Shaffer, Project Director
Email: Amanda.Shaffer@case.edu
Tel: 216. 368.8874, Fax: 216.368.1283


ACES+ Resources


Learning to Say "No"

A key skill for leadership development is that of negotiating and learning to say “no.” Women often cite this as an uncomfortable behavior in general and discomfort with this skill is even more pronounced in situations where power is unequal or tenure and promotion have not yet been earned. In an academic setting, an inability to say no could jeopardize a career by distracting a faculty member from her valuable research time.


Watch two video examples that illustrate a faculty member unable to negotiate as well as one who has been coached to develop her negotiation skills.


Executive Coaching

The objectives of the Executive Coaching Initiative are to facilitate professional and personal growth, provide academic and career guidance and leadership development, promote improved academic workplace cultures and enhance overall recruitment, retention, and advancement of women and under- represented minorities faculty in the Sciences & Engineering disciplines.

Each executive coach has general academic and organizational experience and provides performance and career-related advice. Coaches help the participants determine career and leadership vision, goals, plans, and actions. They give advice, resources, and feedback on how to best accomplish the identified vision.

  • Three (3) sessions of executive coaching are available for new S&E women faculty

  • Four (4) sessions of executive coaching are available for all new chairs, irrespective of gender, race or discipline.

Hotline Coaching

Hotline Coaching allows women faculty facing unique opportunities and challenges to receive short, quick-turnaround coaching from a professional executive coach to help them to address and resolve a specific issue, opportunity or problem.

Hotline coaching assists individual women faculty to analyze and contextualize an emergency issue, prioritize preferences, and initiate a plan of action for  resolution of the issue.  Hotline Coaching has been sought for career choice questioning, job negotiations, research supervision and budget management issues.

  • 1 or 2 sessions of hotline coaching are available to all campus women faculty on an as-needed basis.

Advance Opportunity Grants

Advance Opportunity Grants provide small amounts of supplemental support of current or proposed projects and activities where funding is difficult to obtain through other sources. 
Examples of funding support include:

  • Seed funding for unusual research opportunities or training

  • Grants to support writing of books

  • Travel grants to explore new techniques or attend advanced training courses

  • Child care to attend a professional meeting or conduct research at another institution

All faculty members are eligible.  A Faculty Oversight Committee chooses the recipients. Applications of no more than one page include a statement of objectives, brief statement of the project or activity, budget justification, supporting information if any. A current CV (2-4 page NSF/NIH biographical sketch) should also be submitted. Proposals are to be written for a general scientific audience.

Submit to Sharon Burke via e-mail at sharon.burke@case.edu by December 15, 2010. For further information:


Related Resources



Childcare and Family Issues for Women Scientists Survey

We need your voice! Right now is a critical time for Childcare and Family Issues for Women Scientists. The number of working families has increased and the need for childcare has become a national conversation.  Help us to learn more about how academic institutions and departments are handling childcare/parent care and what you feel is important to you!


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Campus Links

Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership
Faculty Development Council
ACES+ Academic Careers in Engineering & Science
Women Faculty of the School of Medicine


CWRU Campus Surveys & Studies

CWRU Gender & Salary Study
Climate Surveys