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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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Call for proposals deadline extended to Friday, February 5, 2016

Submit your proposal here

Proposals selected by the committee will present at workshops that are 45 minutes long, occuring in the morning and afternoon.

Baylor attendees
Baylor students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply for sponsorship until February 19, 2016. For a scholarship application form, contact Elise Leal.
Non-Baylor attendees
We are offering a special group rate of $15 per person for non-Baylor groups of 5 or more.

Non-Baylor attendees register here


Registration will close March 31, 2016.
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nichola Gutgold

Nichola D. Gutgold is associate dean of academic affairs at Schreyer Honors College and professor of communication arts and sciences. At Schreyer Honors College she works with all curricular and academic aspects of the Schreyer Honors College, including course scheduling, thesis coordination, global programming, the Distinguished Honors Faculty Program , and many other facets of the college. Her research focuses on the rhetoric of women in male dominated fields. 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 has received numerous awards for her teaching and research , served as a visiting scholar at California State University-Chico, and Capital University of Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She is frequently quoted in both the national and international press and in 2013 gave a TEDxPSU talk on women and the American presidency.

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 institutions in Baylor's region 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.

2015 Agenda

Breakout Session Details 2015

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A special thank you to our 2015 door prize donors:
  • Baylor Bookstore
  • Baylor University Libraries
  • Office of Admission Services
  • Campus Living and Learning
  • Institute for Faith and Learning
  • Mayborn Museum
  • Dr. Pepper Museum
  • Downtown Waco Farmer's Market
  • 3 Spoons
  • Captain Billy Whizzbang's
  • Congress Clothing