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Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute

Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute

About the Institute

The Women Faculty Leadership Development Institute (WFLDI) includes a range of programs targeted to support and empower women faculty of all academic ranks in their professional and leadership development journeys. Programming includes small group discussions, national speakers, multi-day workshops, and individual coaching.

Women Faculty Connect

An opportunity for women faculty from all schools to come together in an informal setting to discuss common issues and challenges. Past conversations have covered work-life balance, child and elder care, finding mentors, and department politics.

Advice from Full Professors

This popular program consists of volunteer full professors who address a particular topic they have encountered in their career. The format encourages group discussion. Previous topics have been finding comfort with self-promotion, things that are negotiable, and avoiding marginalization.

Speaker Series

The center hosts national speakers and researchers who specifically address issues that impact women. These guests to campus have covered topics of negotiation skills, time management, speaking up with comfort, and the impostor syndrome.

To Tenure and Beyond

Building an Intentional Career at CWRU: To Tenure & Beyond is a permanent, joint program of the Office of Faculty Development, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and ACES+. The program serves second-year, tenure-track faculty who are nominated by their dean. The program increases understanding of the tenure process, provides skill-building and peer mentoring, and assists faculty to engage in intentional career planning. Consisting of four, four-hour workshops, three expert panels, and two, one-hour coaching meetings, the series is augmented by four Friday lunch & learn sessions which are open to all CWRU faculty.

What’s Next? A Professional and Leadership Development Program for Mid-Career Women Faculty

This program is targeted to mid-career women faculty (associate or full professors) who are interested in focusing on their career vision and path and enhancing their formal or informal leadership within their academic unit and discipline/profession. It alternates years between tenured and non-tenure track faculty members. The three session program includes guest speakers, panel discussions, small group discussions and content presentations. The objectives of the program are to enhance leadership and career development skills, articulate a clear career vision, and develop change leadership expertise. Each participant engages in the ESCI (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory), a 360-degree assessment of leadership competencies. Program content will is geared to professional and personal development for exercising greater leadership in academic units and disciplines. Two individual coaching sessions are available to each participant throughout the program.

Individual Coaching

By appointment, faculty members are able to meet with a coach to help deal with career challenges, developing a career vision, or other issues that impact academic and professional success. All conversations are confidential.


For more information, contact Susan Freimark at susan.freimark@case.edu or 216.368.8860.