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 five, four-hour workshops, three expert panels, and two, one-hour, one-on-one 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

What’s Next? A Leadership and Professional Development Program for Women Faculty” is targeted to mid-career women faculty who are pondering the next steps in their career path. The program is open to both tenured and non-tenure track women faculty on a biennial basis, so that the specific challenges of each group can be presented and discussed. The format includes guest speakers, panel discussions, small groups discussions, and content presentations that guide participants in focusing on their career vision and path and ways to enhance their formal or informal leadership within their academic unit and discipline/profession. The group meets for three sessions, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Curriculum includes career visioning, enhancing skills of leadership and negotiation, building social capital and influence, preparing for success in difficult conversations, and understanding university structure and nuances. Each participant will engage in the ESCI (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory), which is a 360-degree assessment of leadership competencies. Program content 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.

A comment from a past participant:
 “I wanted to thank you for your work and leadership in the “What's Next?” program. This program came at a particularly good time for me - where I was in need of thinking of next steps and new enhancements in my career. I found the workshop information very helpful, personally and professionally. I was able to use the ECI and the coaching to draft a plan of action for myself in relation to my role within my school. You both did such a good job of modeling skills and opening up areas for discussion. Thank you again for your careful thought and your expertise in planning and delivering this program.” 

An additional past participant said:
I loved the workshops! I feel that I gained a better sense of my own career vision and goals. And a clear reminder that I need to focus on my needs and less on what must be done for others. I also like the relaxed, supportive atmosphere. It was nice to collaborate with women from other areas of the campus.

For more information, contact Susan Freimark at sbf@case.edu.

Individual Coaching

By appointment, faculty members are able to meet 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.