AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of December 29, 2006 & January 5, 2007 
eds. Patricia Knezek, Joan Schmelz, Geoffrey Clayton, & Hannah Jang-Condell 
 
This week's issues: 
 
1. CSWA Session at the Seattle AAS Meeting 
 
2. Workshop For Women In Industry/Labs, April 13, 2007  
 
3. Special Events at APS March Meeting, Denver  
 
4. SURVEY: Harvard Study of Women's Persistence in Science Needs Your Help  
 
5. Tenure-track position at Chicago State University 
 
********** The following positions were taken from WIPHYS ********** 
 
6. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women  
 
7. Associate Dean in the College of Science and Health, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse  
 
8. How to submit, subscribe, or unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
 
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1. CSWA Session at the Seattle AAS Meeting 
From: Pat Knezek (pknezeknoao.edu) 
 
The CSWA will be holding a session at the Seattle AAS meeting on 
Sunday, January 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Room 613.  This 
session will be devoted to two aspects of the Pasadena 
Recommendations, as discussed below.  We are also beginning a new 
procedure with this session.  CSWA members are often asked to 
recommend people to serve on committees, contact for job openings or 
talks, and so on.  To broaden the pool of people we can recommend, we 
will have a sign up sheet at the session which will also have columns 
for the attendees to indicate if they are willing to serve on 
committees, give talks, etc. 
 
The focus for the first half of the session will be the recommendation 
that the AAS begin a longitudinal study of young women in astronomy. 
Meg Urry will give an introductory talk on previous statistical 
studies, their conclusions, and the need for a longitudinal study. 
Rachel Ivie will then report on the status of the longitudinal study, 
with a focus on the a first survey targeted at graduate students. 
This survey is in its final form, and will be released soon. 
 
The focus for the second half of the session will be family leave 
policies.  Hannah Jang-Condell will give a presentation on legal 
requirements, policy guidelines, and how they are implemented.  She 
will present some of the problems particular to astronomers on an 
academic track as well as some recommendations for how to improve 
current practice.  She will also be taking a straw poll to gain 
feedback from session attendees, to help us guide our next steps. 
 
There will be time for questions and discussion.  We hope that you 
will join us for what is sure to be a lively session! 
 
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2. APRIL PROFESSIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS  
From: WIPHYS of December 28, 2006 
 
The American Physical Society will offer a one-day workshop for senior 
women physicists in industry and government labs on April 13 
(Jacksonville, FL) prior to the APS meeting (deadline to apply is 
January 12). This workshop will be limited to 15 participants. The 
workshop will offer professional training on effective negotiation, 
communication and leadership skills, as well as a special opportunity 
for networking. Participants may receive a stipend of up to $800 
towards hotel and travel expenses. For more information, please go to 
www.womeninphysics.org and click on Professional Skills Development. 
 
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3. SPECIAL EVENTS AT APS MARCH MEETING  
From: WIPHYS of December 28, 2006 
 
The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) and the Forum 
on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP) will co-sponsor a networking 
breakfast from 7:30-9:30 am on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the APS 
meeting in Denver. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Enjoy a 
delicious full buffet breakfast and hear an informal speaker. Cost: 
$15. $5 for physics students, thanks to FIAP's generosity. Please 
pre-register at  
 
http://www.aps.org/meetings/march/special.cfm  
 
as there may be only limited space for walk-ins. The breakfast will be 
held in the Convention Center to allow those who wish to attend 
invited sessions. 
 
On Tuesday evening, March 6, CSWP and the Committee on Minorities in 
Physics (COM) will co-host a dessert buffet reception in the Adams 
Mark Hotel. Come learn about the work of these two active committees, 
network with colleagues, and unwind after a long day of sessions. 
 
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4. HARVARD STUDY OF WOMEN'S PERSISTENCE IN SCIENCE NEEDS YOUR HELP  
From: WIPHYS of January 4, 2007 
 
Why do relatively few women show an interest in science (outside of  
biology and the social sciences), math, or engineering at the college  
level? Why are women turned off, and what could be done in high  
school to boost their numbers among science majors in college? Our  
research addresses these questions, and you can support it by filling  
out a very brief web survey.  
 
On the path toward science careers, a critical transition point lies 
between high school and college where disproportionate numbers of 
young women abandon an initial interest in science, mathematics, 
engineering, or technology. The Science Education Department at the 
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, recently 
received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study this 
important issue in a systematic way. A 3-year project, titled 
'Persistence Research in Science and Engineering (PRiSE)' and headed 
by Dr. Philip Sadler, will collect and analyze data from approximately 
4,000 college freshmen at 20 institutions, with the goal of 
identifying the factors that strengthen the interest in pursuing 
science in college, particularly for female students. 
 
In the initial phase of the project-where we generate testable 
hypotheses about factors influencing young women's persistence in the 
sciences-we wish to look beyond the hypotheses that we find in the 
scholarly literature. We believe that practicing scientists, 
especially those who teach at the college level, have a tremendous 
amount of insight into this issue. Hence we turn to you, asking you to 
respond to our web-based survey, which will take only a few minutes of 
your time: 
 
http://mo-www.cfa.harvard.edu/prise/scientistssurvey.html. 
 
Thanking you very much for your consideration and help,  
Sincerely yours,  
Gerhard Sonnert, Ph.D., Project Manager  
Zahra Hazari, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow  
Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics  
 
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5. Tenure-track position at Chicago State University 
From: Kim Coble (cobleoddjob.uchicago.edu) 
 
The Department of Chemistry and Physics seeks candidates for a 
full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in 
the Physical Sciences beginning August 2007. 
 
Responsibilities: Responsibilities include overseeing the physical 
science courses (earth science, astronomy, chemistry, physics) for 
non-majors in the department, implementing modern pedagogical 
techniques that promote inquiry-based learning, assessing the general 
education outcomes in these courses, participating in departmental 
governance and contributing to departmental community service and 
outreach efforts.  The successful candidate will be expected to 
develop a research program that involves undergraduates and pursue 
external support for their efforts.  Areas of research that will be 
considered include, but are not limited to, chemistry, physics, earth 
science, astronomy, geology, and science education. 
 
The Chemistry and Physics Department seeks individuals that share our 
commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for our 
students by implementing innovative teaching practices in the 
classroom while developing a strong research program that involves 
undergraduates. 
 
Qualifications: All applicants must have a Ph.D. in chemistry, 
physics, geology, astronomy, planetary science, science education, or 
related discipline at the time of application.  Experience in 
curriculum development and assessment of learning is desirable. 
Experience in mentoring undergraduate research students, experience in 
teaching undergraduates, and/or experience in working with students 
from diverse backgrounds is preferred. 
 
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience 
 
Starting Date: August 13, 2007 
 
Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. Apply by Jan 
19, 2007 for initial consideration (thereafter every two week interval 
until position is filled). 
 
Application Process: Send a cover letter, resume, statement of teaching 
interests, statement of research interests and list of references by 
electronic submission to Dr. David Kanis, Chairman, Department of 
Chemistry and Physics, at dkaniscsu.edu. 
Do not send letters of reference at this time. 
 
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6. APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women  
From: WIPHYS of December 28, 2006 
 
Information on the 2007 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate 
Women is now available! These summer internships are salaried 
positions typically 10 weeks long, and include in addition a $2,500 
grant, plus the opportunity to work with a mentor at one of three IBM 
research locations. Applications must be submitted by February 1, 
2007. Complete details on the program and how to apply are available 
at  
 
http://www.aps.org/programs/women/scholarships/index.cfm 
 
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7. Associate Dean in the College of Science and Health, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse  
From: WIPHYS of January 4, 2007 
 
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites nominations and 
applications for the position of Associate Dean in the College of 
Science and Health. The College is comprised of 11 departments  
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Exercise and Sport Science, 
Geography and Earth Science, Health Education and Health Promotion, 
Health Professions, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Recreation 
Management and Therapeutic Recreation. 
 
Primary Responsibilities: The successful candidate will provide 
leadership and vision in the promotion and advancement of 
undergraduate and graduate programs in the College. The Associate Dean 
reports to the Dean of the College of Science and Health and works 
closely with department chairs, faculty, administrators, staff, and 
students in facilitating the development of innovative programs and 
curricula and in fostering collaborative partnerships with other 
academic units and external agencies. The Associate Dean must be 
dedicated to academic excellence, the promotion of scholarly/creative 
activities, the pursuit of external funding, diversity and equity 
including the recruitment of diverse faculty and students, active 
collaboration with faculty and administrators, and serving as an 
effective ambassador for the College. 
 
Qualifications: Applicants must possess an earned doctorate or 
appropriate terminal degree from a regionally accredited 
institution. The applicant should demonstrate achievements as a 
teacher and scholar warranting tenure and the rank of full professor 
within the College. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of 
outstanding leadership, professional accomplishment and administrative 
effectiveness. 
 
A successful candidate will be expected to provide evidence or show 
potential for: 
 
successful administrative experience that includes team leadership, 
partnership building, program development, implementation and 
assessment, managerial ability, communication and organizational 
skills; distinguished scholarly achievements in his/her discipline and 
the development (authorship, facilitation and support) of extramural 
funding; visionary, innovative and enthusiastic academic leadership; 
working with student, faculty, and staff cultures other than one's own 
with an administrative style that fosters cooperation among 
departments and programs; excellent interpersonal and communication 
skills needed to bring together diverse perspectives and maintain 
close relationships with external agencies/institutions; leadership in 
the development of and support for innovative programming as well as 
Faculty/Staff, Department, College and University initiatives (in such 
areas as teaching, scholarship, service, advising, etc.); skills in 
personnel management, budget planning and analysis; strong commitment 
to the integral relationship between liberal arts education and 
professional programs; working with Departments and College committees 
to develop College priorities, planning documents, and policies; and 
commitment to the principles of shared administrative/faculty 
governance. 
 
Applicants should also have an understanding of issues facing public 
universities. 
 
Appointment and Salary: 100% annual (12-month) appointment with a 
competitive salary and excellent insurance/fringe benefits programs. 
 
Starting Date: The preferred starting date is July 1, 2007.  
 
Application Procedure: Inquiries, nominations and applications are 
invited. Interested individuals should provide a letter describing 
their interest in and qualification for the position, a curriculum 
vitae, and the names and contact information (name, address, telephone 
number, e-mail address and professional association) of at least five 
professional references. This packet should be sent either 
electronically via e-mail (PDF or Microsoft Word attachments) to 
csahadsearchuwlax.edu or CSAH Office, Attn: Kathy Hollon, Rm. 105 
Graff Main Hall, 1725 State St., La Crosse, WI 54601. Electronic 
submissions are strongly preferred. 
 
The University reserves the right to check additional references with 
the permission of the candidate at the appropriate time in the 
process. Nominations and questions concerning this search may be 
directed to Michael Jackson at jackson.mic2uwlax.edu . 
 
Application Deadline:  
Preference will be given to candidates who submit complete 
applications by February 28, 2007. Review of applications will 
continue until the position is filled. 
 
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: Founded in 1909, the University 
of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a vibrant learning community rich with 
multi-talented students, faculty and staff. The enrollment of 9,400 
students includes 1,264 graduate students. Academic programs of study 
fall into three colleges: the College of Business Administration, the 
College of Science and Health, and the College of Liberal Studies 
which includes a School of Arts and Communication and a School of 
Education. UW-L offers 85 undergraduate majors, 21 graduate programs 
and a doctor of physical therapy offered collaboratively with 
UW-Milwaukee. The University is accredited by the North Central 
Association of Schools and Colleges with many of its individual 
programs receiving accreditation. 
 
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