New Network Set to Empower Women Faculty, Staff

October 10, 2019 | UToday
By Staff

President Sharon L. Gaber and Interim Provost Karen Bjorkman will speak at the kickoff breakfast for the Women’s Mentoring Network.

Gaber will provide welcome remarks, and Bjorkman will discuss the importance of mentoring in higher education Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. The event will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m.


“The UToledo Women’s Mentoring Network seeks to retain and support junior women faculty across campus,” Dr. Amy Thompson, vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of public health, said.

Junior tenure-track women faculty who would like a peer mentor complete a brief online form about their professional and personal interests. Each assistant professor then is paired with a senior faculty member who shares similar interests and has volunteered to serve as a mentor.

“Our mentoring initiative does not replace departmental mentoring programs, but builds upon those departmental mentoring relationships,” Thompson said.

“You can never have too much support,” she added. “We are happy to launch this program for women faculty as well as staff.”

Additional speakers at the breakfast will be Dr. Cyndee Gruden, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Joan Duggan, associate dean of faculty affairs in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and director of UToledo’s Ryan White Program.

Friday, Oct. 18, is the deadline to RSVP for the kickoff breakfast for the Women’s Mentoring Network; go to the Office of the Provost website.

For more information, contact Thompson at

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