Women's Caucus

Female instructors representing Women's Caucus

The Women's Caucus promotes an academic culture of inclusiveness at Western Michigan University in research, teaching, service and administrative work by:

  • Focusing on issues involved in the recruitment and retention of women.
  • Recognizing and encouraging the endeavors of women.
  • Discussing special challenges that women face in the tenure and promotion process.
  • Supporting the transition of qualified faculty members into administrative positions.
  • Raising gender awareness among administrators, faculty members and students across campus.

College of Arts and Sciences Women's Caucus Welcome Reception: Thursday, Sept. 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Invite your new colleagues to meet other women faculty and network on research, creative activities, family and community. 

Gender Scholar Award

To further support and encourage these efforts, the Women's Caucus offers an annual Gender Scholar Award for College of Arts and Sciences faculty who demonstrate excellence in gender-related research and scholarly activities. 
Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, winner of the 2015 Gender Scholar Award, will present a showing of her documentary on indigenous women filmmakers on Tuesday, March 31 at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 1025 Brown Hall.

Professional and instructional development grants

The Women's Caucus also offers professional and instructional development grants to support full-time faculty who wish to present gender-based research, attend a gender-focused academic conference, or pursue leadership training for women.

Due to funding priorities, the professional and instructional development grants have been suspended for the spring 2015 semester.

Members of the Women's Caucus steering committee are reviewing the caucus' spending priorities in light of its mission as well as campus-wide needs. We will post an update in the coming months as to the status of the grant in the future.

Steering committee