WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Friday (March 30) through 4:15 p.m. Saturday (March 31).
WHERE: The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Townes Hall. (Maps of UT Austin can be obtained at the following Web site: www.utexas.edu/maps/main).
BACKGROUND: Women who serve on the faculties of universities throughout Texas will convene at UT Austin for their first statewide forum. The event is sponsored by the academic deans at UT Austin. Participants will discuss issues ranging from instructional technology to how women faculty will create the future of higher education in Texas. The keynote speaker is Dr. Diana Natalicio, president of The University of Texas at El Paso. Candace O’Keefe, executive director of the Women’s Museum in Dallas, will lead the plenary session.
“The state is changing, technology is changing, the university is changing. Texas faculty women want to be ready to educate this new workforce,” said Dr. Hillary Hart, senior lecturer in the UT Austin department of civil engineering and chair of the UT Faculty Women’s Organization, which spearheaded the event. “The purpose of the forum is to allow Texas faculty women to share resources, ideas, policies and data, and to establish methods to continue sharing in the future.” Workshop speakers include faculty from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas AandM University, the University of North Texas, St. Mary’s University, UT Houston Health Science Center, UT Health Center at Tyler, and UT San Antonio, as well as UT Austin and the UT System office. “This is a Texas women faculty event. Workshops and sessions have been developed by women faculty from all across the state,” said Dr. Janet Staiger, professor of radio, television and film, and forum program chair. “We want to make the kinds of connections and synergy that can improve both our lives as faculty and the quality of higher education in Texas.”
The fee for registration is $45. The event is open to women from institutions of higher education. The fee includes dinner and two lunches.