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Upcoming Events


2020-2021 Inclusive Leadership Series

The speakers in this series have been nominated by their peers for being inclusive leaders. Each event is scheduled for an hour. In the first 10-15 minutes, the speaker will discuss an action they have taken to increase diversity and/or inclusion. The remaining time will be for discussion.  The intended audience is anyone committed to enriching the lives of women in masculinized cultures. I encourage you not to think of leadership with a capital “L”- leadership can be big things, but it is also found in “small” everyday behaviors.

If you’d like to nominate someone to speak, please send the person’s name and a brief description of what they have done to be inclusive that you would like to hear more about to Amber Bebout at kawse@ksu.edu or you can do so anonymously using the Qualtrics survey:  https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQHLb6LL5sjGQZL. In particular, KAWSE is looking for nominations for leaders who are equitably and structurally addressing (e.g., developing equitable tenure and promotion documents) how members of historically underrepresented groups are disparately affected by covid19 and social justice work.

SPRING 2021 
  • Friday, February 12, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Shireen Roshanravan, Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies

    • RSVP HERE by February 10th to attend and receive the Zoom information!
    • Instructors of Color and Teval Bias: Teaching Anti-Racist Content at Predominantly White Universities: The discussion will unpack the double bind instructors of color face when charged with teaching anti-racist content in required general education classes at predominantly white universities. We will cover the documented bias instructors of color face in teaching evaluations when their anti-racist pedagogy is presumed to be a biased opinion devoid of academic validity. We will also discuss strategies for navigating this double bind in the classroom and at the institutional policy level.  

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Dr. Mangala Subramaniam, Professor of Sociology and Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University 
    • RSVP Here by February 22nd to attend and receive the Zoom information! 
    • The Why and How of Best Practices Tools? An Overview of Two Tools as Examples: In this talk, Professor Subramaniam will provide insight into developing best practices tools in terms of both structure and content. Two tools - one on support, annual review, and recognition and another one on how to talk about and discuss 'difference' such as gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status - will serve as examples. Both these topics are relevant in the current context of the COVID pandemic and the protests for racial justice. 
    • Speaker Bio: Mangala Subramaniam is Professor of Sociology and Butler Chair and Director of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence at Purdue University. In her current administrative role, she focuses on providing opportunities to enhance leadership skills and professional development for faculty. The key initiatives she has created for faculty success includes the Coaching and Resource Network for assistant and associate professors (see www.purdue.edu/butler). Her keen ability to be inclusive of various constituencies on campus has led to great success of the Center’s initiatives. Professor Subramaniam is currently working on a co-edited volume on leadership in higher education. Her co-authored piece in Inside Higher Ed (July 2020) provides recommendations for advancing women to leadership positions. This is reflective of her expanded research interests in the areas of gender and leadership, careers in the academy, and inclusive excellence. She is the current State Co-Director of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network of Indiana and an Associate Editor of Social Problems which is one of the top four journals in sociology. See www.mangalasubramaniam.com
  • Friday, March 5, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Associate Dean Katie Kingery-Page, Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Architecture, Planning & Design 

    • RSVP HERE by March 2nd to attend and receive the Zoom information!

    • Title: Three slogans for inclusive leadership: sharpening your ethical decision-making

    • Description: The use of a short phrase or slogan to trigger deeper thought is a practice used in many moral traditions. Kingery-Page shares wisdom from a contemporary poet, a student affairs expert, and a cultural icon in three short slogans. Please join this interactive discussion. 

  • Monday, March 22, 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 am - Dr. Anne Boring, Assistant Professor of Economics at Eramus University Rotterdam, and Head of the Women in Business Chair at Sciences Po 
    • RSVP HERE by March 17th to attend and receive the Zoom informaton! 
    • Title: Improving Student Evaluations of Teaching 
    • Description: Ideally, student evaluations of teaching (SET) provide instructors with useful information to help them improve the quality of their teaching. The original purpose of SETs was formative: to help instructors improve their teaching practices through student feedback. Over time, universities have started relying on SETs to assess instructors’ teaching effectiveness (summative purpose). A vast number of universities worldwide now use SETs as their main assessment tool to make personnel decisions for faculty, especially tenure track and adjunct faculty. Despite their widespread use, SETs remain highly controversial. Using survey data, the research describes some of the main issues that instructors worldwide currently have with SETs. The research then discusses measures that universities can implement to improve their use of SETs. The analysis covers five main issues that impact instructors' satisfaction and well-being: student biases, response rates and selection effects of students who complete their evaluations, multitasking issues and distorted incentives for instructors who are trying to fulfill both formative and summative purposes of SETs, the perceived power that students have over instructors' careers through SETs, and university administrations' interpretation of SET scores.
    • Related Publications: Reducing discrimination in the field: Evidence from a awareness raising intervention targeting gender biases in student evaluations of teaching
  • Friday, April 2, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Bonnie Rush, Dean and Professor, Veterinary Medicine
    • RSVP HERE by March 31st to attend and receive the Zoom information! 

    • Description: Adjusting the process of collection and interpretation of teaching evaluations can strengthen constructive feedback obtained from students and shared with faculty. Indiscriminate appraisal of teaching evaluations can result in legitimizing biased reviews, which may impact faculty retention and morale.

  •  Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 pm  - Dr. Jessica Elmore, Associate Director of Diversity Programs, K-State Alumni Association

    • RSVP HERE by April 19th to attend and receive the Zoom information! 
    • Title: It's In The Details: Master Status, Assumptions, and Psychographics
    • Description: Dr. Jessica Elmore is in the profession of building and strengthening relationships. For over 10 years Dr. Elmore has led the K-State Alumni Association’s diversity efforts and will share the importance of recognizing an individual’s master status, share tips on how to limit assumptions, and highlight the importance of understanding psychographics in relationship building. Living in an inclusive environment is rooted in our everyday interactions with one another. 


Sessions from FALL 2020 
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Sonya Lutter, Department Head and Professor, Applied Human Sciences
    • Consistency and accessibility are key elements of gaining trust. As frequently stated by members of the Kansas Leadership Center, leadership is mobilizing change and leadership in others. Dr. Lutter discussed strategies for hearing all voices.
  • Monday, October 19, 2020, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Dr. Amanda Gaulke, Assistant Professor, Economics
    • Dr. Gaulke initiated a conversation on how to be a good ally to those with disabilities and help them feel more welcomed and included at K-State.  
  • Monday, November 2, 2020, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - University of Massachusetts 
    Dr. Dessie Clark, Research Collaboration Coordinator, University of Massachusetts ADVANCE Program 
    Dr. Ethel Mickey, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts ADVANCE Program 
    Dr. Joya Misra, Sociology & Public Policy Professor, University of Massachusetts

    • The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the work of faculty members. Women and faculty of color have been particularly affected, due to increased care responsibilities and disparate community health and economic impacts. How can universities ensure that any evaluations of faculty members recognize pandemic impacts as an unavoidable, unexpected occurrence? Without taking measures to address the impact of the pandemic, universities are likely to become less diverse. Drawing from a case study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Clark, Mickey, and Misra discussed some of the steps they see as crucial to responding effectively to the pandemic. Resources to Preview/Pre-Read:Reflections on Institutional Equity for Faculty in Response to COVID-19 UMass ADVANCE COVID-19 Tool

Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

Postponed to Fall 2021 - KAWSE will host a combined recognition ceremony for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Awardees in the Fall 2021

Kansas State University 

This annual event, hosted by KAWSE, recognizes K-State women faculty and staff for academic achievements, such as earning tenure and promotion, being promoted to full professor, or winning a university wide award. Recipients of the KAWSE Award, ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series, and the KAWSE Postdoctoral Travel Fund are also recognized at this event. 


GROW and EXCITE Summer Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: June 9-11, 2021

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) themed activities for middle and high school students during our 3-day, 2-night summer workshop! Unlike our Saturday Workshops, the Summer Workshops do not have a theme, so we welcome any STEM-based activity proposal. Activities range from 45-minute to 2-hours in length, can occur more than once and be held on one or more days of the event.

Activity proposals will open in March. If you have questions prior to then, please contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at any time. You may also call the KAWSE office at 785-532-6088.