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FEMINISTS AGAINST ACADEMIC DISCRIMINATION INC
March 27, 2011

Last year, when I first met FAAD, I had just been denied promotion to full professor from my home department and chair in Communication. Despite the fact that I had been a full-time Women and Gender Studies director for 8 years, I still fulfilled the Communication requirements. I had provided a written response to the denials, but was very upset (as I felt betrayed), and was not sure what to do.

I met with one FAAD leader at the book fair at the National Women's Studies Association meeting, and she assured me that I could find support through the organization. She invited me to a panel discussion and to the organization's meeting. The women in this group listened to my story, empathized, and provided a wealth of advice. Mostly, though, the members provided support and comfort in a very stressful time.

I also witnessed them interacting with another woman who was having challenges to her line of research. They took the same time and care with her.

This year, I attended their meeting again, and am now fortunate to be able to participate from the perspective of full professor, having had my decision reversed in the college, and with the dean and provost.

I am definitely in support of this organization and feel it deserves this award status.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I left NWSA with the courage to continue my fight and the knowledge that I had women with experience who would help me if necessary.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find ways to provide funding for legal support, mediation and negotiation services, and travel expenses for board members to come to the campuses for assistance.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received support and advice; I now hope to be an advisor to future women faculty who come to us.