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Senate ad hoc
Committee for the Support and
Advancement of Women at Pitt
March 18, 2005 Minutes
- Those attending were Patty Beeson, Lisa Brush, Madalyn Turner Dickerson, Heidi Feldman, B. Jean Ferketish, Kathryn Flannery, Irene Frieze, Megan
Kilpatrick, Randi Koeski,
Consuella Lewis, Maggie McDonald, Ellen Olshansky, Josephine Olson, Ann Ostroski,
Kelly Otter, Lisa Parker, Maureen Porter, Carol Reichbaum, Esther
Sales, Elsa Strotmeyer, Pat Weiss, and Kathie
Wisner.†† Each person briefly
- Josephine Olson was thanked for helping us find a
room for the meeting at the last minute.
2.† Minutes of the January 7, 2005 meeting are
posted on the committee website. Send any corrections to Irene Frieze.
- See Committee website at http://www.pitt.edu/~frieze/senateplenary.html
for information about our Senate ad hoc Committee.†† Irene Frieze suggested that we might
want to post subcommittee reports on the website.
- Pat Weiss [formerly Friedman] of the Health
Sciences Library gave us an update on the National Library of Medicine
exhibit on women in medicine to Pitt.†
It will be coming here first and will be on display from August 31,
2005 through October 14, 2005.†
Public events will be planned to coordinate with the exhibit and
members of our committee will be asked to help with this.† Two of the women featured in the exhibit
[Katherine Detre and Jeanette South-Paul] are at
- Jean Ferketish reported
on some activities she is coordinating relating to women.†
- First is the Hoopla.†† This is an invited group of women
administrators and faculty who get together to attend womenís basketball
games at the Peterson
Events Center.† 40 women came the first time and 130
the second time. The team appreciates the support of the women and it is
a good place to network.
- Second is the Emerging Leaders leadership
development program for undergraduates. Students are interested in the
program and more and more women students are becoming involved. The
sessions are highly experiential.
- Several women alumni have been invited to come
to Pitt and visit with students and faculty and administrators. This is
being coordinated with Patty Beeson.†
Fifteen women were invited and 7 have agreed to come.
- Patty Beeson reported that she had been meeting
with womenís groups on campus to see what their concerns are and to report
on some of the efforts of the Provostís Office in regards to faculty
promotions and salary.†† She will
also be meeting with staff soon.††
Another initiative is the development of the PACWC website to
include reports of PACWC committees and to publish University policies
relating to leaves and other family issues.
- Maggie McDonald announced that the 50th
anniversary of the development of the Salk polio vaccine will be
celebrated with a public event on April 10 from 5 to 7pm in the Cathedral
Commons area.† Dr. Mary Bailey, one
of the original team of researchers, will be there.
- Ellen Olshansky
announced a conference on April 28 from 8:30 to 4pm in 123 Victoria Hall.
4.† Update from the Mentoring Committee.† Chairs are Heidi Feldman and Ellen Olshansky.† Students
in Jean Ferketishís class will be looking at
mentoring programs at other institutions and will provide this information to
the Committee.† The Committee is also
looking at mentoring activities that are going on at Pitt.†† Lisa Brush offered her class this fall to
assist the Committee.
5.† Elsa Strotmeyer
reported on a Sigma Xi survey of postdocs at Pitt,
looking specifically at gender differences. A summary of her report can be
6.† Randi Koeske provided some data on the status of women in
academia. The presentation slides are available here.
7.† Lisa Parker presented an extensive analysis
of consensual relations policies at other institutions.†† Her report is available here. On the basis of her
research, she concluded that Pitt does have fairly strong wording about these
relations, relative to other schools, and a broad policy, at least for academic
relationships. One issue we might do better on is having some specific
recommendations on when and to whom one should disclose the existence of an
consensual relationship. We might also have additional language about the
effects on the environment and on third parties of these relationships.††
- Given limited time, we could not discuss these
recommendations in detail, but a committee will be formed to discuss this
- Irene Frieze suggested that we could make formal
recommendations for changes in the policies to Faculty Assembly [and this
was how the original policy was developed].† But, Patty Beeson pointed out that an
open discussion of the policy could lead to a weakening of the policy we
- Patty Beeson agreed to look into ways of
implementing some of the recommendations without having a formal policy
change.† She pointed out that
reference to the effects of consensual relations on the unit climate have
been made in the Provostís memo to unit chairs asking them to discuss the
policies with their faculty and staff.
- Kathie Wisner argued that our present policies
are not restrictive enough, and mentioned policies on therapist/patient
relationships as a possible model.
- Ann Ostroski will check
with staff to see if they have any concerns relating to consensual
8.† Plans for future meetings?† After some discussion we decided that we
should have a meeting of the whole committee in June.†† The subcommittees will be meeting before
this, but may not have detailed reports before next fall. We can have updates
at the June meeting. Another tabled agenda issue is the long term future of the
Submitted by Josephine Olson
[with the assistance of Irene Frieze]