Program Administration & Development

About the Program and Administration (PAD) Committee

The Program Administration and Development (PAD) Committee is one of two groups that focus on roles that are vital to the NWSA mission; it serves as a space for program chairs and directors to network, coalition build, and share resources aimed at sustaining the work of women's, gender, and sexuality studies academic departments/programs. You can explore our Bylaws to see how PAD is anchored in and vital to the NWSA mission.

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Program Administration and Development (PAD)

The Program Administrators Caucus first met at the 1983 NWSA Annual Conference and became the Program Administration and Development Committee in 2006. The PAD Committee consists of women's studies program administrators (chairs, directors, coordinators) whose programs, departments or other academic units are member institutions of NWSA. This body is convened once a year for a Business Meeting at the annual NWSA Conference and is sustained by the PAD Listserv. The PAD Committee is a standing committee in NWSA specifically designed to represent the interests and needs of administrators of women's studies programs and departments to the Governing Council of NWSA and to assist NWSA in meeting the needs of women's administrators and their departments and programs. Programs and  departments gain automatic access to our PAD Community with active institutional memberships.

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Annual Chair and Directors Meeting 

Established by former Executive Director, Allison Kimmich, in 2014, the NWSA Chair and Director Meeting is a one-day workshop for the chairs or directors of women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies programs and women’s center directors who are current institutional members of NWSA.

This event is intended to promote field-building by bringing together program and department chairs and women's center directors for a day-long meeting as an added benefit of institutional membership. Participants will exchange ideas and strategies focused on program and center administration, curriculum development, and pedagogy, among other topics.

Past Chair and Director's Meeting Agendas

The Pre-Conference

The first PAD Pre-Conference was held at the 2000 NWSA Annual Conference. The PAD Pre-Conference provides administrators with ideas, strategies, and approaches to both strengthen and grow WGSS programs in hard times. These include: supporting diverse leadership, building coalitions across campus and across town, fundraising, battling backlash, making external reviews successful, incorporating service learning requirements, and more.

In 2000, the PAD Committee initiated the Women of Color Leadership Project (WoCLP). The WoCLP is now jointly sponsored by the NWSA Women of Color Caucus (WoCC), Program Administration and Development Committee (PAD), and the Women’s Centers Committee (WCC) in conjunction with the PAD and WCC Pre-Conferences.

If you are interested in submitting to the 2024 PAD Pre-Conference, you can submit your panel proposal by clicking the button below!

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The PAD Pre-Conference

We invite proposals for the 2024 Annual PAD Pre-Conference as part of our Annual Conference gathering! Please review our Call for Proposals and submit your proposed session before the April 30th Deadline!

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I celebrate teaching that enables transgressions – a movement against and beyond boundaries. It is that movement which makes education the practice of freedom.

~ bell hooks

Explore the 2024 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

NWSA invites proposals that are attentive to the many facets of our multidirectional and multivocal field. We especially welcome those that focus on Waawiiyaataanong and Grace Lee Boggs’ life, work, and legacy, such as dialectical thinking, grassroots activism, the limitations of diversity, global warming, food and housing security, empire dependency, capital flight, and restorative justice.

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