Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists a Success
By Isis Settles and Kate Richmond
The Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists, held on Jan. 27–28, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, was organized by Kate Richmond (Muhlenberg University) and Isis Settles (Michigan State University). The institute was an initiative of SPW President Stephanie Shields’ Task Force on Academic Feminist Psychology co-chaired by the institute’s organizers.
The primary goal of the institute was to create and sustain networks of feminist academic psychologists that can prepare, promote and support each other professionally by discussing ideas and developing collaborations. The institute brought together 42 early and mid-career academics who currently employ or would like to employ a feminist lens to their research, teaching and service. Through panel presentations, workshops, and small group activities, panelists and participants discussed how to manage the three demands of academic life — scholarship, teaching and service — and how to integrate them with personal life and self-care.
Four keynote speakers presented at the Institute: Ellen Kossek (Michigan State University) who spoke on work–life balance; Abby Stewart (University of Michigan) who spoke about teaching and research as a feminist psychologist; Joan Chrisle (Connecticut College) who spoke about strategies for academic success; and Jessica Henderson Daniel (Children’s Hospital Boston) who spoke about horizontal and vertical mentoring. In addition, Jan Yoder (University of Akron) discussed the publication process, and Stephanie Shields and Isis Settles provided information to participants on other avenues for career development — specifically Nag’s Heart Seminars and the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Maureen McHugh (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) and Lilia Cortina (University of Michigan) helped facilitate breakout sessions along with the Kate Richmond, Isis Settles, Stephanie Shields, and Kathryn Anderson (Our Lady of the Lake University). Special thanks to Kathryn Anderson who handled all tasks related to San Antonio (including coordinating rooms and meals at the hotel, and printing many materials locally), and to Stephanie Shields for her oversight and fundraising.
The Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists would not have been possible without the generous support of many organizations: The Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Division 35), Psychology of Women Quarterly, Our Lady of the Lake University, Michigan State University (Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, ADVANCE Program, College of Social Science, Department of Psychology, Office of Academic Human Resources, Center for Gender in Global Context), Pennsylvania State University (Department of Psychology, Department of Women’s Studies), Muhlenberg College, Nag’s Heart Seminars, University of Michigan ADVANCE Program, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Division 9), Society of Environmental Population & Conservation Psychology (APA Division 34), Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (APA Division 45) and Society for the Psychological Study of Men & Masculinity (APA Division 51).
Kate Richmond and Isis Settles are currently working on ways for the institute participants to keep connected, including through APA Communities.