Home / Faculty-driven organizations / Women's Faculty Cabinet

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 both regular faculty (tenured and tenure-track) and contract or term faculty with appointment codes of 9401, 9402, and 9403. 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

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

The Policies subcommittee in 2018-2019 is

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

The Programming subcommittee in 2018-2019 is

  1. Planning speakers and location for the Annual WFC Women’s Faculty Retreat on May 16, 2019
  2. Planning for a Fall 2018 forum with Provost Karen Hanson


2017-2018 ACTIVITIES

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

The Improve subcommittee in 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 proposed for the Tenure Code
  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

The Enrich subcommittee in 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
  • Amy Simon, Senior Lecturer, Carlson School of Management 


  • Jerica Berge, Associate Professor, Academic Health Center
  • Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, Lecturer, College of Education and Human Development
  • Anitra Cottledge, Director, Women’s Center
  • Christina Ewig, Professor, Faculty Director, Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy
  • Nan Gesche, Senior Teaching Specialist, College of Liberal Arts
  • Carrie Henning-Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
  • Maki Isaka, Professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Katherine Lingras, Assistant Professor, Academic Health Center
  • Traci Mann, Professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Julie Olson, Associate Professor, School of Dentistry
  • Rebecca Ropers, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (ex officio)
  • Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Professor College of Education and Human Development
  • Tracy Yue Wang, Associate Professor, Carlson School of Management


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

Amy Simon
Senior Lecturer, Work and Organizations, Carlson School of Management


WFC Parental Leave - How to

WFC Bylaws 2018