This webinar is intended for male and female members of SMS. In fact, we encourage and appreciate male participation to discuss how male and female scholars work together across research, teaching and service in different scholarly settings all over the globe, and now in our imposed virtual world. Despite significant progress in bridging the gender divide in academia, there remains work to be done in addressing the unique challenges faced by women as scholars in the different stages of their academic careers.
Our intent for this webinar is to engage a panel of scholars in a moderated discussion on the distinct challenges that women perceive in their academic careers, how these perceptions affect their professional relationships with their male colleagues, and how male scholars perceive the roles of female scholars in academia. We hope to discuss a range of issues, including balancing [[DELETE disproportionate]] personal/family/community responsibilities alongside professional goals and commitments, working in a female- vs. male-dominated department, having male vs. female administrative leaders, and navigating politics in both formal and informal academic and professional communities.
Our moderators will facilitate a conversation about where the gender divide continues to operate, where and how we have made progress in this regard as a field, and how we might best continue to move forward in addressing these challenges to offer men and women a level playing field – ideally through a combination of individual and systemic solutions.