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Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia

Mentoring and Equity in Compensation and Support

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

  • Has the “culture of the outside offer” had an impact on you? If so, in what way?
  • How do we identify and train proper mentors and incentivize good mentoring of faculty?
  • What resources or support services would make the most difference to you in achieving a sustainable work-life balance?

Share your feedback using the Share Your Input form.

This working group is organized into subgroups in order to address the following topics: (1) Mentoring and networking  for students and faculty, including both formal and informal opportunities that are either in place or that should be established.  (2) Work and Life Policies, including family friendly policies; policies regarding grad students as employees; policies for addressing workplace grievances (excluding sexual harassment).  (3) Equity in Compensation and Support.  (Other support defined as space, travel, administrative support, and expectations for service).

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

Share Your Input

NOTE: This working group is looking for an additional member from the faculty, with particular interest in mentoring and networking.


Beth Jorgensen, PhD (working group chair) Professor of Spanish; Chair, AS&E Board on Academic Honesty, School of Arts & Sciences

Linh Dang, PhD student, Educational Policy, Warner School of Education

Mary Carey, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Nursing Research Center, School of Nursing


Additional Members:

Compensation and Support:

Chunkit Fung, Assistant Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Work/Life Policies:

Erin Vernetti, Nurse, Golisano Children’s Hospital

Daniel Trout, Nursing Liaison Librarian, Miner Library

Mentoring and Networking:

Elaine Smolock, Co-Director, PREP Program and Senior Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Courtney Jones, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry

David Holloway, Assistant Professor of Japanese, School of Arts & Sciences

Salary Equity:

Debra Haring, Assistant Dean, Contracts and Grants, Arts, Sciences & Engineering


Other Resources (for consultation):

Nimish Mohile, Associate Professor of Neurology and Division Chief, Neuro-Oncology, School of Medicine and Dentistry


Past Contributors:

Laura Shum, PhD student, Translational Biomedical Science, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Almudena Escobar Lopez, PhD student, Visual and Cultural Studies, School of Arts & Sciences