Center for Women and Work
Principal StaffLeadership Team
Meg A. Bond, CWW Director & Professor, Department of Psychology (sabbatical)
Mignon Duffy, Acting Director & Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Laura Punnett, Senior Associate & Professor, Department of Work Environment; Director, Center to
Promote Health in the New England Workplace
Paula Rayman, Senior Associate & Professor, Department of Sociology
Judith Davidson, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Monica Galizzi, Professor, Department of Economics
Michelle Haynes, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Andrew Hostetler, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Sarah Kuhn, Professor, Department of Psychology
Saira Latif, Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Cheryl Najarian, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Katherine Rosa, Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Jana Sladkova, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Robin Toof, Co-Director, Center for Family, Work, & Community
Yi Yang, Assistant Professor, Department of Management
Susan Moir, Director, Labor Resource Center, UMass Boston
Imogene Stulken, Protestant Campus Minister
Susan Thomson, Evaluator, Germaine Lawrence Center
Susan Winning, Director, UMass Lowell Labor Extension Program
Moriah Aponte Serrano, Undergraduate Student Intern
Darcie Boyer, CWW Program Manager
Lindsay Jean Casavant, CWW Program Manager
Allison Fahey, Undergraduate Student Intern
Michelle Holmberg, Healthy Diversity Project Director
Maria McDuffie, Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology
Jaye McLaren, Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology
Johana Reyes, Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology
Rachel Robb, Undergraduate Student Intern
Michelle Thompson, Undergraduate Student Intern
Projects & Campaigns
Supporting a lively community of scholars to advance scholarship about women and work. During 2010-11, there are 11 Associates and 4 Senior Associates who represent diverse disciplines (psychology, sociology, economics, ergonomics, public health, management, nursing, and education). The Associates Program is the heart of CWW as it is our primary vehicle for advancing and enriching a wide range of scholarly research projects related to women and work.
Conducting interdisciplinary research to understand and document the status of carework and conditions for care workers in Massachusetts. The Carework Project is a collaboration between UMass Lowell CWW, UMass Boston and UMass Amherst. This work has been funded by two grants: A seed grant from the Provost’s office (2007) on “Building a Care Movement in MA” and a Creative Economy Grant through the UMass President’s office (2008) to produce a report on “Taking Care: The Costs and Contributions of Care Work in Massachusetts.”
Healthy Diversity Project
Investigating the challenges that Community Health Centers (CHCs) face in recruiting, developing, and promoting diversity among staff; and identifying promising organizational policies and practices for addressing the challenges. The project is funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (2010) and by a seed grant from the Provost’s Office (2010-11).
Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
Leading several interconnected projects related to promoting women in STEM fields.
• Project Working WISE: An NSF-funded project that brought together scholars from diverse disciplines and different generations in order to foster dialogue among leading experts regarding workplace factors associated with women's success in STEM fields. The Project originally centered on a 2007 working conference. The resulting recommendations are summarized in an edited conference volume.
• ADVANCE Grant Development Team: Working with inter-university group to develop a proposal for an institutional change grant from the National Science Foundation. The goals will be to break down barriers and enhance supports for women at UMass Lowell, who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
• Thinking with Things: Remaking Learning in Higher Education and Beyond: An NSF-funded project that is exploring the implications of embodied cognition for learning and teaching at the college level, with a particular focus on computer science education.
IDEA Communities Initiative (IDEA stands for ‘Interdisciplinary Exchange & Advancement’)
Facilitating and documenting the development of interdisciplinary groups designed to enhance mentoring of underrepresented groups and support for innovative scholarly work at UMass Lowell. Each IDEA Community involves a small group of faculty and other affiliated researchers from a variety of departments and colleges who share interests around a common topic and who agree to make a commitment to support one another’s scholarship. The IDEA Communities are modeled after CWW’s successful Associates Program. The initiative is facilitated by the Center for Women & Work, overseen by an interdisciplinary Steering Team, and funded by the Office of the Provost.
Feminist Methods and Qualitative Research Supports
Providing education and support for all researchers at UMass Lowell in the use of nontraditional research methods, including feminist and qualitative approaches. We provide workshops and technical support for the use of NVivo software, and, in collaboration with the UMass Lowell Qualitative Research Network (QRN), are initiating an NVivo Fellows Program to expand the campus capacity to support qualitative research technologies.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.