President's Committee for Women in Health Sciences
Annual Report 2010
Dear Faculty in Health Sciences:
Welcome to Dr. Tedd Mitchell, the eighth President of the Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Mitchell joined the HSC in 2010, and the Committee looks forward to working with
him. Please read his welcome statement at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/president/.
Here listed are the members of the President’s Committee for Women in Health Sciences:
- Dr. Barbara Sawyer, Chair (SOAHS)
- Dr. Alyce Ashcraft (SON)
- Dr. Cornelia de Riese (SOM)
- Dr. Gail Cornwall (GSBS/SOM)
- Dr. Janie Robles (SOP)
- Dr. Kendra Rumbaugh, Liaison to AWIS
Annual Meeting with the HSC President
Dr. Mitchell met with Committee chair Barbara Sawyer in July 2010 to affirm his support
of the Committee. He showed strong interest in the ongoing childcare issue and pledged
to discuss funding of a center with some specific donors who indicated their interest
Recruitment and Retention
- Nursing Mothers' Lounge
By far the proudest accomplishment of the WIHS to date, the Nursing Mothers' Lounge
in 3A 167 has been an important and crucial addition to TTUHSC. At the suggestion
of Kendra Rumbaugh, the Committee approached Dr. Rial Rolfe with the idea of turning
one of the restroom/lounge spaces at the east end of the 3A hallway into a lounge
for nursing moms. The lounge took shape over several months in late 2009 and early
2010. Finally, in summer 2010, the lounge opened. Comments have been incredibly
positive. A Medela breast pump has also been purchased and is waiting to be installed.
Go by and visit!
- Resource Guide
The Committee edited and updated the first TTUHSC Women Faculty Resource Guide with
the 2nd edition published in September 2010. The Guide was originally developed to
enhance the experiences of all HSC faculty by providing information regarding mentoring,
goal-setting, research support, and other important general information. If you need
a copy or several copies, please contact your School’s Committee representative!
This is a great resource.
- Candidate Review for Faculty and Administrative Positions
Dr. Mitchell expressed his interest in having a WIHS committee representative sit
in on search committee meetings. Dr. Sawyer sent him all pertinent information from
meetings held with the previous HSC President. At this time, no action has been taken
on this issue.
Plans for the Future
With recent budget cuts at the forefront, the Committee has had to reconsider its
future. We would still like to present an annual “Women in Health Sciences Excellence
Award” for a woman faculty member who meets specific criteria for excellence in research,
teaching, or service. This award would be presented at the same time the President's
Awards for Excellence. We are also focusing on specific issues such as having the
HSC named an official "family friendly" institution, WIHS representation on search
committees, and as always, childcare.
Dr. Barbara Sawyer, chair of the Committee, will be officially resigning the chair
post and position as SOAHS representative in March 2011. She has served as member
and chair since 2005. Her SOAHS replacement will be Dr. Lori Rice-Spearman. Please
welcome Lori and wish her all the best as the newest member of the WIHS.
As always, your input is invited and encouraged. Thank you all for your support!