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Women's Faculty Cabinet

About the Women's Faculty Cabinet


The Women’s Faculty Cabinet provides consultation and advice to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (SVPP) in order to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, and to ensure that the University continues to strengthen its commitment to the success of its women faculty members.

The Women's Faculty Cabinet has five working committees that proactively engage University of Minnesota policies around core values and campus life. Each of the committees reflects issues at the heart of university functioning, institutional capacity, and the growth and development of women faculty.

The committees include the following:

-Institutional Research and Data Assessment Committee
-Policies & Regulations Committee
-Diversity Committee
-Tenure & Promotion Committee
-Strategic Planning Committee


The Women’s Faculty Cabinet members include:

  • Women faculty members committed to the mission and able to serve the three-year term (monthly meetings and committee work). Each spring, the Provost’s Office sends out a call for nominations. Members are selected by the Cabinet with input from the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
  • Twelve faculty members with at least one member from each of the following colleges and professional schools: the Professional Schools; the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities; Sciences and Engineering; and the Academic Health Center. The other members will be selected from among nominees from the remaining areas of the university.
  • Primarily tenured Associate or Full Professors, clinical scholars and at least one tenure-track Assistant Professor.
  • The Women’s Center Director serves as an ex-officio member.

Note: Women faculty who are not able to serve the three-year term may volunteer to help with committee work.


  • Recommend and respond to University policies affecting women faculty and their teaching, learning, and work environments.
  • Promote and assess the University’s efforts in recruiting, mentoring, and retaining women faculty in every academic unit.
  • Promote and assess the University’s commitment to the diversity of women faculty.
  • Consult with women faculty across the University regarding their issues, concerns, and visions for women faculty at the University.
  • Review programmatic opportunities for women faculty and recommend enhanced programming to serve the needs of women faculty.
  • Identify and respond to workplace and professional challenges for women faculty.
  • Advise and collaborate with University colleges and departments regarding the creation and implementation of policies and initiatives that affect the teaching, learning, and work environments for women faculty and other women in full-time teaching and research positions at the University.
  • Facilitate opportunities for mentoring and networking by, for, and among women faculty.
  • Undertake research important to the working and living environment for female faculty at the University.
  • Sponsor activities to improve equity, diversity, and overall campus life for everyone at the University.

In executing these responsibilities, the Women’s Faculty Cabinet will work closely with Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Women’s Center and will maintain close working relationships with the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Office for Human Resources, various University Senate committees and the other offices, programs, and centers working on issues of concern to faculty women.