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Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia

Faculty, Student & Trainee Onboarding, Retention & Career Advancement

This working group is currently looking for feedback on the following:

  • What opportunities and what barriers have you experienced that affect how you can thrive and/or move into leadership opportunities?
  • For those who have gone through UR Year One orientation program – Was this effective? What did you learn from it?
  • What information or training do you wish you had in advance of undertaking new roles? What have you been asked to do for which you have felt unprepared?
  • What resources and barriers have you encountered in your participation in hiring and recruiting of faculty, trainees and graduate students?

Share your feedback using the Share Your Input form.

This working group will review (1) policies and resources, (2) implementation, and (3) best practices related to recruitment, onboarding, retention, and career advancement for faculty, trainees, and graduate students. We will develop recommendations based on identified needs and best practices.

The Commission welcomes your input on experiences with these policies at the University and other institutions.

Share Your Input



Katherine Ciesinski, MM, Artist Certificate, MS Medical Humanities (working group co-chair), Professor of Voice, Eastman School of Music

Karen Mackie, PhD, NCC, LMHC, ACS (working group co-chair), Assistant Professor (clinical) of Counseling and Human Development, Warner School of Education

Katrina Heyrana, MD, Resident, Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Shirlene Wade, PhD student, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, School of Arts & Sciences

Katherine Schaefer, PhD, Associate Professor of Instruction, Writing, Speaking & Argument, Arts, Sciences & Engineering


Additional Members:

Vienna Tran, Medical Student, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Precious Bedell, Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Denistry and EdD student in Human Development, Warner School of Education