Women in the Academy Symposium

The Women in the Academy Symposium 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.

2020 WITA Symposium 

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Baylor University, Mayborn Museum

Example of Past 2018 Conference Schedule

Register here for the 2020 Women in the Academy Symposium


Headshot of Dr. Nancy Brickhouse

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Brickhouse, Provost

As Baylor’s chief academic officer, Dr. Brickhouse oversees the University’s 12 colleges and schools, research enterprise, University Libraries, and centers and institutes.

She previously served as provost at Saint Louis University (SLU), a Jesuit research university with 8,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate students at its main campus in St. Louis. During her tenure, she played a key role in repositioning SLU’s finance, operations, and academic endeavors to meet a rapidly changing higher education landscape.

Her time at SLU included the development of university-wide undergraduate learning outcomes and strengthened support for teaching quality. Dr. Brickhouse also initiated a robust portfolio of faculty development programs, including those designed to support female faculty and others historically underrepresented at the full professor rank and in academic leadership positions.

Dr. Brickhouse also created a task force to create a plan for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) on the SLU campus. This effort led to the programming of a new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building, as well as the modernization of other research facilities and increased science teaching capacity.

She is a tenured Professor of education and a nationally recognized scholar. Dr. Brickhouse graduated from Baylor magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, going on to earn a master’s degree in chemistry and a doctorate in science education from Purdue University.

Prior to her appointment as SLU’s provost in 2015, Dr. Brickhouse filled several senior administrative positions during 27 years of service and leadership at the University of Delaware, including the roles of deputy provost, interim provost — for which she received special recognition from the UD Board of Trustees for her exemplary service, deputy dean of the College of Education and Human Development, and director of the School of Education.

Upon assuming this position, Dr. Brickhouse has observed, “The provost position is the one that is closest to the faculty and the students, and that’s why I love the role and why I feel so blessed to be asked to fulfill that role at Baylor, a place that has meant so much to me both personally and professionally.”

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

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