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Women in the Academy

Women in the Academy is a one day, regional conference hosted by Baylor University. This year's conference theme is Connecting Women in the Academy. Attendees are given opportunities to learn and engage in activities to further their understanding about women in higher education, and both men and women are encouraged to attend. The conference is centered on graduate students, but faculty and administrators are welcome. Suggested attire is business casual.

WITAC logo 2016

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2016 was a success! Thanks to all of our presenters, sponsors, and a special thanks to Dr. Nichola Gutgold, our fantastic keynote speaker.

See more about the conference and look for updates in the future at the WITA facebook page.

Nichola Gutgold WITA 2016

Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State and her research focuses on the rhetoric of women in male dominated fields. Books include her latest book, aptly titled: Women in the Academy: Learning From Diverse Career Pathways (2016) Other books include:The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women: From Obstacles to Options (2012) Almost Madam President: Why Hillary Clinton "won" in 2008 , (2009); Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News, (2008), and Paving the Way for Madam President (2006). With Molly Wertheimer she co-authored, Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart (2004). With Ted Sheckels and Diana Carlin she co-authored Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced (2012). She served as a visiting scholar at California State University-Chico, and Capital University of Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She has co-authored a children’s book based on research on women and the American presidency, Madam President: Five Women Who Paved the Way (Eifrig Publishing, 2014). In 2013, she gave a TEDxPSU talk on women and the American presidency.


  • PhD speech communication Penn State (1999)
  • MA speech communication Bloomsburg University (1988)
  • BA English
  • BA mass communications King's College (1984)
  • Objectives for the Women in the Academy Conference
    • To engage a variety of participants in intellectual discussion about women in higher education
    • For graduate students, faculty, and staff at Baylor University and other regional institutions to connect and network
    • To learn about issues surrounding women in higher education and how to approach them
    • To provide opportunities to learn more about successful women in higher education and benefit by learning from their struggles and triumphs

    If you have any questions, please contact Alanna Martinez.