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Mission and history

Mission

The ASU Faculty Women’s Association (FWA) is a volunteer organization that has been an active advocate for increasing the status and participation of women on the ASU campus since 1954.

FWA and its executive board strive to be an effective voice for women faculty at ASU. In addition to working for changes in policies, practices and attitudes on campus, FWA provides career development and networking opportunities for women at all faculty ranks, as well as an awards program that recognizes outstanding faculty mentors and distinguished graduate students. FWA maintains an ongoing dialogue with university leadership to improve the climate for women at ASU and provide a congenial atmosphere for faculty at all levels.

The continuing discussions on the underrepresentation of women in tenured faculty ranks and administrative positions in higher education remind us of the need for a strong faculty women’s organization to work for institutional change in the academe. In this time of growth and transition at our university, FWA endeavors to be an active force on behalf of gender and diversity concerns.

General information

The ASU Faculty Women’s Association was initiated at ASU in 1954. The FWA is a volunteer organization whose focus is to provide support and advocacy for faculty women, in order to help them succeed and excel.

The FWA is lead by a president, who generally serves a one- or two-year term and is elected by the FWA executive board. In addition to overseeing the work of the association, the FWA president works directly with the FWA Executive Board on advocacy concerns, initiatives and the development of programming. In general, the FWA Executive Board consists of 18-20 women faculty members and administrators, representing a wide variety of disciplines and units. The goal of the association’s structure is to provide a wide variety of perspectives that is representative of the experiences of faculty women across the university. The work of the FWA president and executive board is supported and coordinated by a program director from the Office of the Unversity Provost.

The FWA maintains an open and ongoing dialogue with university leadership on issues of concern related to the status and visibility of women faculty. The FWA president generally meets personally with ASU’s president and provost at least twice a year to discuss areas of concern and strategies for improvement.

In addition to advocacy efforts, the Faculty Women’s Association also hosts a wide variety of programming and workshops open to all faculty women. Some of these workshop topics include preparing for tenure and promotion, leadership development, successful negotiations and work/life balance. Additionally, the FWA provides a variety of networking opportunities through receptions, gatherings, brown bag lunches and our annual awards program.

FWA is a volunteer organization, whose success relies on the contributions and support from its members. With a few exceptions, funding for FWA programming and events comes exclusively from membership dues. Members are able to pledge additional funds to go towards graduate student awards, stipends and/or FWA programming.

Interested in joining FWA? Discover how to become a member today. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Engler-Weber, Program Director for the FWA.