Session Detail

CSWA Town Hall: Designing a 21st Century Astronomy Career Track
Town Hall
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Hibiscus AB
Is your Department/Organization/Institution “Female-Friendly?” It can’t be all about numbers, but if the percentage of women at all levels is typical, is that good enough, or is it only the first step? If there are no senior women at the highest level, can a place really be female-friendly? How important are role models and mentoring? Is your Department/Organization/Institution “Family-Friendly?” Is there a family leave policy and nearby affordable childcare? How important are things like flexible hours and the option to stop the tenure (or equivalent for non-academic positions) clock? The CSWA Town Hall at the Miami AAS meeting will take up the challenge of designing a 21st century astronomy career track. The Town Hall will include at least 30 minutes for discussion and answering questions from the audience.
Joan T. Schmelz1
1Univ. of Memphis.