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Women's Faculty Cabinet


The mission of the Women’s Faculty Cabinet is to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to ensure that the University continues and strengthens its commitment to the success of its women faculty members.


  • We represent women-identified faculty as an advisory board to the Provost. We recommend guidelines and policies to the Provost, Faculty Senate, Deans, and Departments on issues affecting women, gender equity, and campus life.

  • We undertake research important to the working and living environment for women-identified faculty at the University of Minnesota.

  • We sponsor activities such as workshops, forums, and retreats to improve equity, diversity, and overall campus life for everyone at the University of Minnesota.


The WFC was created in fall 2006. The cabinet membership aims to represent the full range of women faculty at the University, including women at all academic ranks and in a variety of colleges and disciplines. The members are appointed for three-year terms jointly by the vice provost for faculty and academic affairs and the current members of the cabinet. Eligible faculty members include all tenure and tenure-track women faculty, non-tenure track clinical, teaching, and research faculty, and instructional P&As under full time contract. The Women's Faculty Cabinet reports to the vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. The cabinet meets monthly throughout the academic year.


Learn more about our work on our bulletin, featuring Spring 2019 updates.  

Women's Faculty Cabinet members posing in front of Cargill Building at the 2019 retreat
The Women's Faculty Cabinet at the 2019 Retreat

2018-2019 ACTIVITIES

View a recap of our 2019 retreat here!

Policy Work 2018-2019

  1. Finalized work on the Student Ratings of Teaching (SRT) project
  2. Discussed Salary Equity Review Committees (SERC) at the University
  3. Served as awards committee members for Women’s Center awards
  4. Brought more women forward for University awards
  5. Provided input on dependent care reimbursement when traveling for University business

Events 2018-2019

  1. Annual WFC Women’s Faculty Retreat, May 16, 2019.
  2. WFC Provost Forum: November 28, 2018, 10 - 11:15 a.m., URC Beacon Room

2017-2018 ACTIVITIES

View a recap of our 2018 retreat here! Kaaren Williamsen addressing WFC retreat attendees

Policy Work 2017-2018

  1. Continued work on an addition to the Tenure Code to allow modified teaching duties of tenure and tenure-track faculty who bring home a baby. Talking Points on the Modified Teaching Duties for recent parents was proposed for the Tenure Code and was then was put into policy in April 2018.
  2. Continued to examine the process of salary equity
  3. Explored the impact of using Student Rating of Teaching (SRTs) when evaluating female faculty teaching performance
  4. Contributed to finding solutions to child care needs at the University

Events 2017-2018

  1. Planned the 2018 Annual WFC Women's Faculty Retreat that addressed effective ways to restructure the work environment that allow all women to thrive
  2. Considered how we can create organizational change to enhance the climate for women at UMN
  3. Hosted a lunch forum with Provost Hanson attended by over 100 women faculty

2016-2017 ACTIVITIES

WFC Annual Women’s Faculty Retreat, May 17, 2017Seated women's faculty cabinet members viewing a presentation
Retreat Theme: Creating a Work Environment Where All Women Thrive
  • Rachel Thomas, President, Lean In
  • Jodi Sandford, Professor, Humphrey School
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, former member of MN House of representatives
  • Provost Hanson and Panel of Deans



  • Meggan Craft, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Tracy Yue Wang, Professor, Carlson School of Management


  • Anitra Cottledge, Director, Women’s Center
  • Nan Gesche, Senior Teaching Specialist, Communication Studies
  • Carrie Henning-Smith, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management
  • Gretchen Hansen, Assistant Professor, Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • Maki Isaka, Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies 
  • Wendy Lutter, Senior Lecturer, Carlson School of Management
  • Sara Mack, Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Traci Mann, Professor, Psychology
  • Julie Olson, Associate Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Rebecca Ropers, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
  • Weihong Tang, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health 


Meggan Craft
Associate Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Tracy Yue Wang
Professor, Finance, Carlson School of Management


WFC Bylaws 2018