Center for the Education of Women
The University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women (CEW) advances the personal, educational, career, professional and leadership potential of women. The services, programs, applied research, and action initiatives conducted by CEW promote inclusiveness and equity within the University, across the state and throughout the nation.
Founded in 1964, the Center for the Education of Women, within the University of Michigan, was one of the nation's first comprehensive, university-based centers focused on women. Designed to serve the needs of women students as well as women returning to school or work, CEW (then known as the Center for the Continuing Education of Women) was founded with a three part mission of service, advocacy, and research. CEW maintains that mission today, serving University students, staff and faculty, community members, women and men, facing educational, employment or other life issues.
Over the years, CEW has served as a model for other centers, has worked on behalf of women on this campus, in the state of Michigan, and nationally, and has conducted research informing us about women's lives – their work, their education, their family demands, and their aspirations.
Principal StaffGloria Thomas, Executive Director (email@example.com, 734.764.7640)
Kristina Bingham, Development & Scholarship Assistant
Jacqueline Bowman, Senior Counselor and Community College Program Coordinator Heather Branton, Research Assistant
Eilisha Dermont, Communications Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.764.6277) Valerie Eaglin, Senior Counselor and Program Specialist
Kirsten Elling, Associate Director for Counseling, Programs and Services
Connie Hansen, Assistant to the Director
Carol Hollenshead, Director Emerita
Jackie Johnson, Programs and Counseling Assistant
Susan Kaufmann, Associate Director for Advocacy
Jeanne Miller, Director, Information Services and Publications (email@example.com, 734.764.7258)
Catherine Mueller, Department Business Manager
Doreen Murasky, Senior Counselor and Scholarship Manager
Janice Reuben, Senior Associate for Programs and Outreach and Women of Color Task Force Coordinator
Beth Sullivan, Senior Associate for Advocacy and Policy
Ching-Yune C. Sylvester, Program Coordinator, Women of Color in the Academy Project Jean Waltman, Senior Associate for Special Projects and Initiatives
Audrey Williams, Systems Administrator
Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership, Affirmative Action, Business & Entrepreneurship, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Barriers & Opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion, Discrimination, Employment & Unemployment, Disparities, Educational Leadership of Women & People of Color, Diversity & Inclusion, Higher Education, Inclusion, Women & Girl Heads of Household, Work - Life Balance, Work:life Balance, Economic Development & Security, Education & Education Reform, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Violence, Women's & Girls' Leadership
Projects & Campaigns
Center researchers are currently analyzing the results of the Faculty Work-Life Study, a joint project of the Center for the Education of Women and the UM Center for Research on Learning and Teaching. The survey of UM faculty included questions about climate, workload, sources of satisfaction and stress, and incorporate AAUDI questions for comparison to similar institutions. This project also provides comparison to the 1998 FWLS.
Contingent Faculty in a Tenure Track World - CEW researchers held focus groups with full- and part-time non-tenure track (NTT) faculty at twelve research universities across the country. In total, we conducted 24 ninety-minute focus groups with a total of 343 full- and part-time NTT faculty. A report of the project is available and a video based on the project explores the responses of focus group members. The project was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The National Clearinghouse on Academic Worklife (www.academicworklife.org) combines into a single website information resources and community discussions to support those who study or participate in academic work. Up to date articles and policy examples are available on topics ranging from family-friendly benefits, tenure attainment, and faculty satisfaction to policy development, productivity, and demographics. An email newsletter is also available free to subscribers. This clearinghouse was developed through a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The Dual Career Ladder Project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, resulted in several publications based on the findings of our institutional survey of U.S. institutions of higher education. highlighting the numbers, working conditions and perceived contributions of non tenure track faculty. These are available on the CEW website.
CEW’s Advanced Leadership Program offers middle management University of Michigan staff, recommended by their supervisors, an eight-month skill development workshop series and accompanying change management project. This program has been offered annually for nearly 10 years.
Focus on Leadership, addresses the need for leadership development and training for staff not yet in key middle-management positions or not yet ready for the more extensive Advanced Leadership Program. Offered to approximately 30 individuals annually, this program offers participants an introduction to leadership concepts while it assists participants in developing an identity as a potential leader.
Emerging Leaders Iniative CEW is currently developing an innovative nine-month program for emerging leaders (those with less than 6 years in their career fields) over the course of two years. The program will focus on women from a specific Michigan urban region, combining those from the private and the non-profit sectors. The program combines in-person sessions, career coaching by senior leaders, and ongoing support and learning using web 2.0 tools including social media and online learning.
CEW offers about 50 programs each term, covering topics such as careers, career change and job searching, work-life balance, leadership development, and focused programs for graduate students and post-docs. In addition, CEW brings special events and speakers to the campus and community.
In addition, CEW leads three support networks for University of Michigan women: Women of Color in the Academy Project and Junior Women Faculty Network for women faculty and the Women of Color Task Force for women staff. These networks offer support, mentoring, and learning opportunities for participants. The Task Force delivers a campus-wide career conference annually, with about 550 participants.
CEW provides free counseling to students, faculty and staff of the University as well as to women and men in the community. Each year over 1,000 adults are seen by CEW’s professional counselors.
Reports & Resources
RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM CEW
"Portable Work: Why Flexibility Access is Not Enough to Improve Your Life," by Ellen Kossekk, Ph.D., 2009 CEW Jean Campbell Visiting Scholar 2009, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University.
Feminist Activism and Women’s Rights Mobilization in the Chilean Círculo de Estudios de la Mujer: Beyond Maternalist Mobilization, Jadwiga Pieper Mooney, University of Arizona and CEW Visting Scholar, 2008.
Women of Color Faculty at the University of Michigan: Recruitment, Retention, and Campus Climate. Aimee Cox, PhD, Research Investigator Center for the Education of Women, CEW Jean Campbell Research Scholar (Executive Summary)
Developing a Transparent Tenure Process (Resources for Deans and Chairs)
Enabling Junior Faculty Success (Resources for Deans and Chairs)
Post-Apartheid South Africa: Creating Critically Leaderful Schools that Make a Difference
Juliet Perumal, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and CEW Visting Scholar, 2007.
How American Men's Participation in Housework and Child-care Affects Wives' Careers.
Renge Jibu, CEW Visiting Scholar
Michigan Women and the High-Tech Knowledge Economy. Susan Kaufmann
Principles for Best Practices: A Collection of Suggested Procedures for Improving Climate for Women Faculty Members. Jean Waltman and Carol Hollenshead
Does Your Social Justice Work Affect the Lives of Women or Girls?
Do You Have a Special Project You’d Love to Have the Time, Space and Support to Pursue?
If so, learn more about the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Program at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women. CEW has worked for over 40 years to reduce the barriers women face in their career, academic and life pursuits.
Our program provides the time, space and support for selected activists to work on projects that would not be possible under their usual working circumstances.
A four-week stay in Ann Arbor, Michigan, gives the activist time for reflection, research, planning and writing. We pay a stipend, housing and travel expenses. Activists are required to create a product that will advance their future work and potentially benefit other activists. This product may be a report, plan of action, communication strategy, training tool, etc.
CEW is soliciting candidates for Visiting Social Activist positions during the 2011-12 & 2012-13 academic years. If you would like to nominate someone, or apply for the program yourself, visit: http://www.cew.umich.edu/cewaction/activists.html
Questions?? Contact Beth Sullivan
Previous Twink Frey Visiting Social Activists:
Ai-Jen Poo, Co-founder of Domestic Workers United
Mallika Dutt, Executive Director, Breakthrough
Linda Burnham, Co-founder of the Women of Color Resource Center
Anne Ladky, Executive Director of Women Employed
Connie Evans, Founder of the Women’s Self-Employment Project
August 26, 2009 posted by Gloria Thomas*
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Visiting Scholar Program
The Visiting Scholar Program is an opportunity for scholars to pursue research projects relevant to women using the vast resources available through the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and the University of Michigan. Scholars must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. A scholar's stay at the Center can range from one to twelve months, as appropriate to the scholar's research needs. Visiting Scholars prepare a working paper based upon their research, which is published as part of the Center's series of occasional papers.
Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship
The Center for the Education of Women announces the Robin Wright Graduate Fellowship with a grant of up to $3,200. The fund will support research by a graduate student from the Islamic World or Africa matriculating in the Rackham Graduate School.
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.