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Baldwin Leading Faculty Discussion

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To read more about WiSE programs go to: WiSE Brochure (PDF 180KB)

WiSE History

In fall 1996, then Earth Sciences Chair, Cathryn Newton, along with the Directors of Women's Studies, Diane Murphy and Priti Ramamurthy, first submitted a proposal for a Women in Science and Engineering program at Syracuse University. Although the proposal was not funded, they continued to work on the program over the next year. In fall 1997, the Senate Committee on Women's Concerns recognized the scarcity of women faculty in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.  Deans Bogucz and Jensen appointed Drs. Shobha Bhatia and Cathryn Newton as co-facilitators of the WiSE project.


During the next year, the two women researched similar programs at other universities and met with several female faculty members to begin forming the program. In the end, they decided on three key elements that WiSE would focus on:


1.  Increased recruitment and retention of women faculty in sciences, mathematics,   engineering, and computer sciences.


2. A campus-wide lecture series that would bring distinguished women in these fields to Syracuse University.


3. An advising and mentoring program where female faculty assist students beginning research projects in the lab or in the field.


The current WiSE Program is an outgrowth of the initiatives of these visionary women.


Supporting Research for WiSE Initiatives

Researchers have coined the phrase “leaky pipeline” to describe the nationally high attrition rate of women who enter college majoring in the sciences or engineering programs. The number of women students who graduate or pursue tenure faculty and academic leadership positions drops off significantly over time. WiSE seeks to counter this trend through education, networking, and professional development programming.

Joan Bennett

Disrupting Traditional Gender Roles

"Women still lack parity with men in career advancement, especially in the STEM fields. A recent SU ADVANCE speaker explained why and how to correct that imbalance."

Article by Kathleen Haley for SU News

Monday, November 4, 2013


Dr. Joan Bennett


For further reading . . .

"Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science" 2013 (Offsite)

"Scholarly Publishing's Gender Gap" 2012 (Offsite)

"Why STEM Fields Still Don't Draw More Women" 2012 (Offsite)

"More Gender Diversity Will Mean Better Science" 2012 (Offsite)

"Is Biology Just Another Pink-Collar Profession?" 2012 (Offsite)

Virginia Valian on Gender Equity in the Academy 2010 (PDF 32KB)

"Staying Competitive: Patching America's Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences" 2009 (Offsite)