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OWISM Holiday Celebration:
Thank you to those who attended the OWISM Holiday Celebration on December 19. Pictures will follow soon.
December 2011 Update:
Dear Women Faculty,
As the year draws to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to send out an update of the work of the OWISM, and let you know about some of the activities we are planning for next year.
Leadership Program for Women Faculty
We presently have over 50 women enrolled in the 2011 cohort of the Leadership Program for Women Faculty. This is our third cohort of leaders, and we are now planning ongoing activities for the cohort groups. We are also initiating our first Emerging Women’s Leadership Program. Our inaugural class will be held in January, and we have 41 women faculty enrolled. If you have not applied for either of these programs, please consider doing so in the future! I will send you application information for both at the appropriate times! My goal is to have all women faculty participate in at least one of these leadership programs.
We will continue to offer informal drop in sessions next year and will have available sessions in “Information and Conversation” series, our “Bridging the Gap” series and “Our Work/Life Intersection” series. Brochures with specific details about these series are attached!
Our Work/Life Intersection series will deal with topics of personal importance to all faulty at different levels of their career. Our first lecture in the Work/Life Intersection series will take place Tuesday, February 21, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm in BRB G03. Our topic “Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter” will highlight the complexity of dealing with parents with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Information and Conversation”
Our Information and Conversation sessions are geared to women faculty at all ranks and selected topics deal with issues important to academic success. Our first talk in the series will be given By Catherine Morrison. She will be discussing conflict resolution. Catherine is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and Associate Faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the SPH. She is a wonderful facilitator and expert in this area. This will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 9:00 am -10:00 am in the SOM West room.
“Bridging the Gap”
The first session of Bridging the Gap which is geared to more junior faculty as well as post docs (both in the basic sciences and clinical areas) will also be facilitated by Catherine Morrison. She will be discussing the “Importance of Negotiation for Your Success.” This will take place Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 9:00 am -10:00 am in BRB G03.
Articles for your Interest
Through NIH funding, the Penn School of Medicine's FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women is examining how worklife exercises and ideas (in this case through Stew Friedman's Total Leadership Program) can influence the experience of female faculty going through the tenure track.
Lastly, I wanted to share this synopsis I was sent from the NIH “Women in Science” list serve.
There are multiple sociological factors that contribute to the gender imbalance in the STEM workforce. A recent article in American Sociological Review examined the influence of three factors on engineering undergraduate students: perceived incompatibility between career and family plans, self-assessment of math ability, and professional role confidence. The authors coined this last phrase to describe "individuals confidence in their ability to fulfill the expected roles, competencies, and identity features of a successful member of their profession." They used online surveys to query 288 freshman starting engineering degree programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Three years later, they determined how many of these students were still studying engineering. They found that female students were much less likely to stick with engineering than their male counterparts. Interestingly, women were twice as likely to have changed to another STEM major, whereas men who changed fields often left science completely. The authors found that family considerations and self-assessment of math skills were not significant predictors of whether female college students stayed in engineering. In contrast, they found professional role confidence to be a significant indicator of career persistence, and that women were much more likely than men to lack this confidence. The authors suggest that their data may explain the poor representation of women in many male dominated professions. Based on the results of this study, female STEM students may benefit from interacting with actual scientists outside of the classroom through shadowing or internship experiences. Professional Role Confidence and Gendered Persistence in Engineering
Thank you for your continued support of the OWISM, I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!
Adrian S. Dobs, M.D., M.H.S., Professor of Medicine and Oncology and Vice-Chair of the Department of Medicine for Faculty Development, has been appointed as the Director of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network (JHCRN), following the retirement of Dr. Charles Balch. JHCRN is an integrated network of academic and community-based clinical researchers established within the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).