AAS Committee on the Status of Women 
Issue of November 13, 2009 
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery 
This week's issues: 
1. Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) Strategic Plan 
2. What Can You Negotiate in Your Job Offer? 
3. Success is in Her DNA 
4. A Night to Remember 
5. Creating a Climate for Cutting-Edge Research 
6. Conversion to Tenure 
7. Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 2010 Teaching Fellowships 
8. AAO Research Astronomer Appointment(s) 
9. Program Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences, National   
Science Foundation 
10. How to Submit, Subscribe, or Unsubscribe to AASWOMEN 
11. Access to Past Issues of AASWOMEN 
1. Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA) Strategic Plan 
From:  CSWA [aaswomenaas.org] 
The charge, mission statement, objectives, value statement, assets,   
and weaknesses, key issues, goals, strategies, and action steps have   
recently been generated in a Strategic Plan of the CSWA.  Among the   
assets of CSWA are this newsletter which reaches over 10% of the AAS   
membership (and to all our readers, thank you!), the STATUS news   
letter, our web page, facebook page, and our blog.  Among the key   
issues to be considered by CSWA include promote a balanced working   
environment, reduce unconscious bias, increase visibility of senior   
women through e.g., awards and prizes, increase funding opportunities   
to re-enter the workforce, among others.  To see the entire list,   
please see the Strategic Plan 2009 under Publications at 
Did we miss an issue?  We encourage your feedback!  Please respond to   
the above email. 
2. What Can You Negotiate in Your Job Offer? 
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
[We continue to summarize the major outcomes from the Women in   
Astronomy III conference held at the University of Maryland October   
21-23, 2009 - Eds.] 
 From the WIA III professional skills workshop, a list of negotiation   
options was developed by Jane Tucker and Associates in their   
presentation on "Coaching in the Art of Strategic Negotiations."  Some   
of the list is as follows: 
- appointment title(s) 
- start date 
- start salary 
- living expenses 
- housing relocation 
- benefits 
- child care 
- tuition benefits for children 
- spousal job opportunities 
- travel budget 
- facilities/space 
- office furniture and computers 
- parking fees 
- service expectations 
What else can you think of?  What about non-tenure to tenure status   
conversion time frame?  What should women ask for in the negotiation   
of any job in any field related to astronomy?  We would like to hear   
your thoughts!  Please email them to aaswomenaas.org and please   
let us know if we can give you credit for your contribution in the   
next newsletter or blog. 
3.  Success is in Her DNA 
From:  Donald Kniffen [dkniffenusra.edu] 
I mentioned this article to Joan [Schmelz] who suggested it might be a   
good one to post on our web site, but unfortunately the [Washington]   
Post makes that almost impossible without the ads which are a turn   
off.  But if you follow the link to the story you will get the idea   
why this is such a great story for women.  But it also highlights some   
of the issues they encounter as we have discussed.  [Here is the   
4.  A Night to Remember 
WIPHYS November 9 
The November CERN Courier has an article on pp. 19-21 that Hildred   
Blewitt wrote for the CERN Courier in 1969.  Its title is A Night to   
(Thank you to Bernice Duran, University of Wisconsin, past CSWP member   
for sharing this article).  Hildred Blewett's generous bequest to the   
American Physical Society provides scholarships to women returning to   
a career in physics after an absence.  Details at 
5.  Creating a Climate for Cutting-Edge Research 
From:  WIPHYS, November 9 
Katharine Gebbie has built a world-class physics laboratory, fostering   
creativity and risk-taking that has led to cutting-edge scientific   
discoveries.  Read about her and the climate she generates at 
6. Conversion to Tenure 
Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
Recently, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)   
subcommittee of the Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession   
prepared a report on the Conversion of Appointments to the Tenure   
Track (2009).  The report addresses the collapsing faculty   
infrastructure and suggestions to stabilize the faculty including the   
conversion of tenure.  The cite that the last four decades has seen a   
failure of the social contract in faculty employment and the   
one-reliable regime of professional peer scrutiny in hiring,   
evaluation, and promotion has all but collapsed.  Statistics include   
more than 2/3 of faculty work outside the tenure stream and for poor   
wages.  To read more on this timely topic, please see 
7.  Knowles Science Teaching Foundation 2010 Teaching Fellowships 
From:  Michele M. Montgomery [montgomeryphysics.ucf.edu] 
Do you know of anyone who has a desire (or hidden desire) to teach   
high school science or math?  Applications are now being accepted for   
one of the most generous and comprehensive teaching fellowships   
available for individuals committed to becoming professional high   
school science or mathematics teachers. KSTF Teaching Fellowships   
provide up to five years of financial and professional support to   
exceptional individuals as they begin their careers teaching in U.S.   
high schools. 
Applicants should have at least a bachelor's degree in science,   
engineering or mathematics and should have received their most recent   
content degree within the past five years (individuals currently   
enrolled in a secondary math or science teaching credential program   
are eligible if they are within five years of their most recent   
content degree and have not completed their teaching credential before   
December 2009.)  Fellowships will be awarded in physical science   
(among others). More information on the Fellowship benefits can be   
found at 
For more information, contact 
Deadline: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 5:00pm EST 
8. AAO Research Astronomer Appointment(s) 
From: Rohit Deshpande [rohitphysics.ucf.edu] 
The Anglo-Australian Observatory is currently advertising for an AAO   
Research Astronomer (5 year appointment) and an AAO Research Fellow (3   
year appointment) within the Astronomy Workgroup: 
The closing date for applications to both positions is Friday 11 Dec 2009. 
Details of the roles and responsibilities of the positions, as well as   
the application procedure, can be found on the above web page. 
The Observatory comprises the 3.9-metre Anglo-Australian Telescope and   
the 1.2-metre UK Schmidt Telescope near Coonabarabran, NSW, and a   
laboratory in Epping, about 20km from the centre of Sydney.  The AAO   
is a vibrant and diverse centre of research, with a scientific 
staff of 12 highly active and productive astronomers, as well as   
hosting the Australian Gemini Office. Regular interaction with   
universities, and a twice-yearly Vacation Student program for   
undergraduates, also provides excellent student supervision   
Any questions about the positions can be directed to the Head of AAT   
Science (ahopkinsaao.gov.au) and about the application procedure   
to Suzanne Tritton (jobsaao.gov.au). 
The Anglo-Australian Observatory supports flexible working   
arrangements, including part-time positions where appropriate, and is   
an equal opportunity employer. 
9. Program Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences, National   
Science Foundation 
From:  WIPHYS, November 9 
The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for   
the position of Program Director in the Division of Astronomical   
Sciences (AST), Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences,   
Arlington, VA.  The candidate selected for this position will have   
responsibility in one or more of the following areas: coordination of   
the merit review of proposals, coordination and management of grants   
programs and projects involving instrumentation and technology   
development, review and administration of projects involving the   
design and development of future facility-class instruments or   
observing capabilities. 
The candidate will be involved in activities that include planning,   
budget development, the merit review and proposal recommendation   
process, the preparation of written material about the research   
supported by the Division, and interactions with other NSF programs,   
Federal agencies and organizations. Program directors are expected to   
bring their scientific expertise to the activities of the Division,   
and to serve as a liaison between the astronomical community and NSF,   
disseminating information about NSF and Division activities and   
There are opportunities to participate in Foundation or   
Directorate-wide activities in areas of education, facilities   
management, strategic planning and program development.  Candidates   
are expected to work with the astronomical research and education   
community to broaden the diversity of participants in NSF programs.   
All areas of astronomical expertise will be considered. 
The position will be filled on a temporary basis beginning   
immediately. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in   
astronomy, astrophysics, or a closely related field, plus six or more   
years of successful research, research administration, and/or   
managerial experience beyond the Ph.D.  
Individuals interested in applying for this vacancy should submit   
their materials to announcement E20090115.  The position requirements   
and application procedures are located on the USAJOBS web site. Link: 
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, names of three   
references, and a statement of research interests to the 
National Science Foundation 
Division of Human Resources Management 
4201 Wilson, Blvd. 
Arlington, VA 22230 
Telephone inquiries may be referred to 
Lindsey Boswell 
For technical information, contact 
Dr. Craig B. Foltz 
AST Division Director 
(Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD 703-292-8044). 
NSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The National Science Foundation   
provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on   
a case-by-case basis.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any   
part of the application and hiring process, please notify the point of   
contact listed on this vacancy announcement. 
1) Knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and theories   
applicable to astronomy, astrophysics, and physics which have resulted   
in recognized status in the community of astronomical scientists. 
2)Ability to communicate effectively and work productively with the   
scientific community, peers, and co-workers at all levels to advocate   
program policies and plans and to fulfill NSF's mission. 
3)Ability to organize, implement and manage a proposal-driven grant   
program, allocating resources to meet a spectrum of goals, including   
insuring integrity and consistency in the grant award/declination   
management process. 
4)Knowledge of management and organizational concepts, principles,   
practices and techniques with expertise in large project management   
and/or research administration. 
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