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Gender roles and stereotypes for female professors

January 29th, 2016

A colleague submitted the following for discussion:

Girlfriend, Mother, Professor?

By Carol Hay, New York Times, January 25, 2016

She writes:

It’s a thoughtful piece about the ways in which women academics are expected to shoulder more (invisible) work on campus and are punished for not fitting into gender stereotypes as professors. This has certainly been my experience for 20+ yrs in higher ed, and at my previous institution a group of us began an informal support group to help each other resist, or better navigate, the unstoppable expectation to “nurture” rather than teach. As the NYT op-ed points out:

“Because women are thought to be naturally caring and empathetic they’re expected not only to have their own emotional ducks in a row, they’re also expected to take on the task of helping others manage their emotions — calming tempers, mending wounded egos, boosting confidence, mediating frictions, ensuring harmony. This work is essentially invisible and uncompensated.”



Clerk’s Committee Meeting Minutes, December 9, 2015

January 26th, 2016

Clerk’s Committee Meeting  Minutes

December 9, 2015

 Attending: Dave Dobson (Clerk), Steve Shapiro (Natural Sciences and Math), Kathryn Shields (Arts),  Alex Ricks (SGA Representative), Beth Rushing (VP and Academic Dean), Sarah Estow (Social Sciences), Gwen Erickson (Recording Clerk), Lisa McLeod (Humanities, recorded minutes for this meeting)

Regrets: Bill Grubbs (Business, Policy, and Sport Studies), Sadie Hunter (Student Senate Representative)

  1. The Committee gathered in silence at 10:15 a.m., and approved the minutes of November 29, 2015
  1. Follow up discussion: Review of SACS handbook changes

Beth directed us to the changes she made for consistency, and to reflect current practice.  Notable issues include:

  • Faculty review criteria: Beth cannot find the Board approval of new criteria for teaching, advising, and service. We remember as faculty approving these; we need to find the date that the Board approved these changes.
  • Copyright – Beth would like to make more general revisions to update our copyright policy; in the meantime, to make the policy consistent across faculty and staff handbooks, Beth will Rick to harmonize the Staff Handbook with the faculty statement.
  • Beth points out that the Faculty Handbook needs general restructuring to make it easier to keep updated.
  • Convocations and Celebrations will remain as it is through the SACSCOC review.
  • Department chair excusal from committee service has been found in the Workload Section (Appendix H).

Beth will communicate all the edits she has made by the end of December 10;  Dave will make a precis of the changes, distinguishing the more substantive changes from the editorial ones, and send it out to Clerk’s.  Upon approval of Clerk’s Committee, Dave will communicate it to faculty via email, with the same notes regarding more substantive changes.

  1. For approval: Revised Appendix G (from Curriculum Committee)

The Committee agreed that Appendix G as edited reflects the current practice, and we approved it for inclusion in the Handbook.  Dave will send it to faculty via email, asking that serious concerns be directed to Clerk’s and Edwins Gwako, Chair of Curriculum.

Dave will check the online folder of Trustees’ minutes to search for the approval of the changes to faculty review Criteria that were added to the Handbook between 2011 and the present.

  1. Review of faculty meeting Wednesday Dec. 2

Review of Beth’s quick presentation of student demands; review of Dave and Rob’s idea of re-doing the entire Committee Structure.

The Committee discussed representation on faculty committees… and the burden on our colleagues of color.  Whether we can prioritize one over the other.  The Committee agreed that the process has been non-ideal, but that at this point some action is better than no action at all; among other considerations, the affected committees cannot continue this work until their membership is stabilized.

Dave will talk to colleagues to see whether they are willing to serve.

  1. Request has been made that we change handbook to relax divisional representation and encourage diversity on committees.

This item was briefly discussed and we agreed that this is an important conversation that must take place over time.

The meeting closed in silence at 12:17

Submitted by: Lisa J. McLeod

Clerk’s Committee Agenda for January 26, 2016

January 23rd, 2016

Clerk’s Committee Meeting Agenda –

Tuesday January 26, 2016 1:00 pm

1. Gathering and Moment of Silence – 3 minutes

2. Approval of Minutes from December 9, 2015 – 2 minutes

3. For review: Faculty Meeting Minutes from December 2, 2015 – 10 minutes

4. For discussion: Restructuring of divisions and departments into sections, changes in committees, and service compensation – 30 minutes

5. For approval: Agenda for Faculty Meeting on February 3 – 15 minutes

a. Clerk nominations (5 minutes)

b. Curriculum revision (30 minutes requested)

c. Compensation committee report?

d. Division reorganization, new chair duties and sections

e. Committee reorganization and stipend/course release balancing?

f. (From Dec.) Guilford guarantee?

g. (From Dec.) Staffing of Academic Programs and Departments at Guilford?

h. QEP?

i. Silent announcements – ECG requests HT card linkage, nominations for advising award

Close in silence

Request from ECG, re: Harris Teeter VIC cards

January 12th, 2016

Please consider linking your Harris Teeter VIC card to the Early College at Guilford. That way ECG can earn extra funds through HT’s Together in Education program.

You can find details of the program and instructions for linking your card here:

Dates concerning ECG, spring 2016

January 6th, 2016

I want to share with you three dates on the ECG calendar.

1) Tues., March 1: Juniors will take the ACT. They will miss all classes, 8:30-1:00. They should finish in time to make 2:30 classes.
2) Sat., May 7: ECG Prom.
3) Wed., May 18, 2:00 PM: ECG graduation. This date is set by the county.

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