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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 faculty as an advisory board to the Provost.  
  • We recommend policies to the Provost on issues affecting women, gender equity, and campus life.   
  • We undertake research important to the working and living environment for female faculty at the University of Minnesota.
  • We sponsor programs, including workshops and forums 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 school year.

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2017-2018 ACTIVITIES

SAVE THE DATE: Annual WFC Women’s Faculty Retreat, May 16, 2018.


The 2016-17 Women’s Faculty Cabinet at the first meeting of the academic year

The Improve subcommittee is

  1. Continuing work on an addition to the Tenure Code to allow modified teaching duties of tenure and tenure-track faculty who bring home a baby; Follow this link for Talking Points on the Modified Teaching Duties for recent parents proposed for the Tenure Code
  2. Continuing to examine the process of salary equity
  3. Exploring the impact of using Student Rating of Teaching (SRTs) when evaluating female faculty teaching performance 

The Enrich subcommittee is

  1. Addressing effective ways to restructure the work environment that allow all women to thrive;
  2. Considering how we can create organizational change to enhance the climate for women at UMN.

2016-2017 ACTIVITIES

WFC Annual Women’s Faculty Retreat, May 17, 2017
Retreat Theme: Creating a Work Environment Where All Women Thrive

Seated women's faculty cabinet members viewing a presentation

  • 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 


Pamela Skinner, Associate Professor, Vet Biomedical Science  
Tracy Twine, Associate Professor, Soil, Water, & Climate   
Amy Simon, Senior Lecturer, Carlson School of Management 
Tiffany Beckman, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Jerica Berge, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
Jane Blocker, Professor, Art History
Sauman Chu, Professor, Design, Housing and Apparel
Meggan Craft, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Population Medicine
Christina Ewig, Professor, Faculty Director, Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy
Mary Hermes, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Katherine Lingras, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Maria Ruud, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing
Emilie Snell-Rood, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Uyenthi Tran Myhre, Acting Director, Women’s Center
Frances Vavrus, Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, Professor, School of Kinesiology


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Pamela Skinner
Associate Professor of Vet Biomedical Science
Amy Simon
Senior Lecturer, Work and Organiszations Carlson School of Management
Tracy Twine
Associate Professor of Soil, Water, and Climate


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