Women in the Academy Conference

The Women in the Academy Conference is a one day, regional conference hosted by Baylor University. Previous conference themes have included Connecting Women in the Academy, Supporting Women in the Academy, and Holistic Leadership. 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.

2018 Conference Theme: Navigating the Journey to Success

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Baylor University, Mayborn Museum

2018 Conference Schedule

Register here for the 2018 Women in the Academy Conference

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Indigo is offering a special discount to our out-of-town attendees who would like to spend Friday evening in Waco. Reserve a room within our block here.

Special remarks by Dr. Linda Livingstone
Linda Livingstone

Dr. Linda A. Livingstone began her tenure as Baylor University’s 15th president on June 1, 2017. A distinguished scholar and academic leader, she previously served as dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business from 2014 to 2017 and as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2002 to 2014.

Dr. Livingstone’s presidency marks her return to Baylor after time on the Waco campus from 1991 to 2002. She was an assistant professor and an associate professor in the Department of Management before serving for four years as associate dean of graduate programs for the Hankamer School of Business.

While at Pepperdine, Dr. Livingstone oversaw a $200 million expansion of the school’s graduate campuses, the addition of an executive conference center and a significant increase in scholarship support for students. At GWU, she led the development of a strategic plan for the business school that built on the school’s culture of service and its unique location in our nation’s capital to enhance the school’s global focus.

A strong voice for the role of faith-based institutions in American higher education, Dr. Livingstone has established herself as a scholar in organizational behavior, leadership and creativity with deep expertise in the area of university accreditation. She has been extensively published and cited in academic and professional outlets, with her publications including articles in American Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of High Technology Management Research and the book Business and Corporate Integrity: Sustaining Organizational Compliance, Ethics and Trust. She also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Southwest Industrials, a public company traded under the symbol “CSWI” on the NASDAQ since 2015.

Dr. Livingstone’s many academic and professional accomplishments including serving as chair of the board of the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) from 2014 to 2015. The AACSB is the professional organization for business schools and accredits 786 of the best business schools globally across 53 countries and territories. She chaired the AACSB Committee on Accreditation Policy from 2015 to 2016.

Dr. Livingstone is a member of Oklahoma State’s Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and was the first recipient of the Outstanding Ph.D. Alumnus Award. She also was recognized in 2015 with the OSU Distinguished Alumni Award.

A native of Perkins, Oklahoma, Dr. Livingstone played varsity basketball at Oklahoma State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in economics and management, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in management and organizational behavior. Her husband, Brad, also played basketball at Oklahoma State, and their daughter, Shelby, is a senior on Rice University’s volleyball team.

Closing keynote address by Dr. Karen Longman
Karen Longman WITA 2018

Karen A. Longman serves as Professor and Ph.D. Program Director in APU’s Department of Higher Education; this program currently serves approximately 100 students, all of whom are working professionals in the field. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and teaches courses in Higher Education Administration, Critical Issues in Higher Education, and Ethical Issues in Higher Education. Karen also holds the role of Senior Fellow with the 180-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), where she worked for 19 years as Vice President for Professional Development and Research. In that role, Karen coordinated the design of an Executive Leadership Development Initiative, which has served over 400 participants (presidents, chief academic officers, and emerging leaders). Karen is co-editing a seven-volume book series focused on Women and Leadership; she was the lead editor on the first volume in the series, titled Women and Leadership in Higher Education (for details, see She also co-edits the journal Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory and Practice and she has served on several national and international boards over the past 20 years.

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
Previous WITA Conferences

2016 Connecting Women in the Academy
2015 Supporting Women in the Academy
2014 Women in the Academy: Holistic Leadership