Second annual retreat for faculty women planned July 15-16

A two-day retreat for faculty women is scheduled July 15-16 at St. Thomas.

The retreat is sponsored by St. Thomas' Faculty Development Center and Luann Dummer Center for Women, with co-sponsorship by the Office of the President, the Affirmative Action Committee, Academic Affairs and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Last summer, 20 female faculty gathered for a retreat centered on the book, Challenges of the Faculty Career for Women: Success and Sacrifice, by M.I. Philipsen. Attendees spoke about the difficulty of maintaining a balance between work and personal or family life.

This year, participants will attend two workshops on life-work balance conducted by Dr. Susan Robison, a psychologist, author and consultant who is a former academic department chair and is professor of psychology at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The general session on peak performance and work-life balance will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 15; a small-group workshop, “Strategic Career Planning for Women Faculty,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 16. Lunch and a group discussion led by Dr. Corrine Carvalho will follow from noon to 4 p.m.

Complete descriptions of these workshops are available here; information also is available on the Center for Faculty Development website. Participants will receive $150 for completion of the two-day retreat.

To register, e-mail Pat Alexander by Friday, May 14. The retreat will be limited to the first 20 who sign up; women who attended last year as well as first-time participants are welcome.