Women in Academe

cover of Mentoring Women reportMentoring Women

prepared by Elizabeth Skarakis-Doyle, Ph.D.

A summary of discussions and recommendations from Western's Mentoring Women event held May 7, 2009.




Mentoring Guidelines

Faculty mentoring guidelines, Washington State University

Faculty mentoring program for women University of Texas, El Paso.

Reading list: Women in higher education (Sources 1996 - 2005). University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Societies and Networks

ADVANCE (for the advancement of women in science and engineering careers)

"The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from women and men. Members of underrepresented minority groups and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals that address the participation and advancement of women with disabilities and of women from underrepresented minority groups are encouraged."

  • Resources for department heads, pre-tenure faculty, faculty, post-doctoral students including institutional change, development, work-life balance

University of Washington Center for Institutional Change

  • Mentoring Women for Academic Leadership
  • Mentoring Women Graduate Students
  • Mentoring Pre-Tenure Faculty
  • Professional Development Consultants
  • Mentoring and Professional Development Resources

Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT)

  • promotes women in science, engineering, trades and technology, and celebrates their contributions to these fields”
  • provides statistics and publications

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

  • Excellent annotated list of web resources of interest to women in science and technology
  • Extensive list of scholarship opportunities for undergraduates, graduates and faculty/professional women
  • Immigrating Women in Science (IWIS) program

COACHE - the collaborative on academic careers in higher education

  • committed to making the academic workplace more attractive and equitable for early-career faculty

On Campus with Women (OCWW) from the Association of American Colleges and Universities

  • focuses on women's leadership, the campus climate, curriculum and pedagogy, and new research and data on women

Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – Ontario (CWSE-ON)

Canadian Federation of University Women

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Women in Mathematics Committee of the Canadian Mathematical Society


Imposter Phenomenon in Academia: includes a quiz and steps to overcome the imposter syndrome

Graduate Families: More universities are providing parental accommodation policies for graduate students

Women Academics: Five strategies for success

Diversity and Privilege: We need to understand how privilege works before we can make diversity work

Why Graduate Students Reject the Fast Track: a study of thousands of doctoral students shows that they want balanced lives

For women academics, a challenging landscape
: New research explains gender-specific barriers to academic success

Resources on Faculty Mentoring

Research Reports

National Clearinghouse on Academic Worklife from the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women

  • provides resources to help faculty, graduate students, administrators and higher education researchers understand more about all aspects of modern academic work and related career issues, including tenure track and non tenure track appointments, benefits, climate and satisfaction, work/life balance, and policy development.

AAUW Archived Research Reports

  • research on gender equity in education, the wage gap, sexual harassment, and discrimination

Dual-Career Academic Couples: What Universities Need to Know

The Study of New Scholars – Tenure-Track Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey (PDF)

Center for the Education of Women Research in Higher Education

  • focuses on research on women in academia, climate/satisfaction, contingent faculty, and educational access

The rising profile of women academics (Statistics Canada)

A Measure of Equity
: Women’s Progress in Higher Education (AAC&U Publication)

Gender Equity Guidelines for Department Chairs

Resources at Western

Resources for Graduate Students with Families

  • Information on child care, health care, pregnancy and parental leave, recreation, and resources

Women in Science

  • Information on scholarships and links to news articles and resources

Equity & Human Rights Services

  • Information on Western’s discrimination and harassment policies, employment equity and diversity

Women in Engineering

Work/Life Balance

Western’s Caucus on Women’s Issues


Mama PhD from Inside Higher Ed


Mother of all Scientists



Women in the Canadian academic tundra: Challenging the chill, edited by Elena Hannah, Linda Paul and Swani Vethmany-Globus, 2002, McGill-Queen's University Press.

The madwoman in the academy: 43 women boldly take on the Ivory Tower, edited by Deborah Keahey and Deborah Schnitzer, 2003, University of Calgary Press.

The Mommy Brain: How Motherhood Makes Us Smarter, by Katherine Ellison, 2005, Basic Books, New York.