Resources

Resources

The National Women's Studies Association generates and compiles resource for faculty members, administrators, students, and the broader NWSA community. If you would like to share a resource, please email the NWSA office at nwsaoffice@nwsa.org.

Of Interest to WGSS Program Administration
Of Interest to Women's and Gender Equity Centers
Of Interest to WGSS Students
Of Interest to Broader NWSA Community

Of Interest to WGSS Program Administration

Program Evaluation

NWSA compiles a list of potential program evaluators from among the NWSA membership. If you are an institutional member seeking a program evaluator, email us at nwsaoffice@nwsa.org for the current list of program evaluators (updated in 2019).

NWSA requests that all potential program evaluators meet the following minimum requirements for appearing on the list.

  • Have served as a Women's Studies program or department head or have special expertise in a particular subject area;
  • Have undergone a program evaluation themselves;
  • Is a current individual member and/or is the director of a program/department have been an individual member of NWSA on a continuing basis for 3 years;
  • Show evidence of research and teaching experience in Women's Studies

State of WGSS Reports

In 2017, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences surveyed and reported on the the state of humanities and of Women's and Gender Departments.


Women's and Gender Program and Services: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education Guidelines

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education aims to promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development. This statement addresses the role of Women's Studies Programs and Services. WGPS must enhance overall educational experiences. WGPS must develop, record, disseminate, implement, and regularly review its mission and goals. You can find the guidelines here.


PAD Committee, Pre-Conference, and Listserv

Beginning as the Program Administrators Caucus in 1983, the Program Administration and Development Committee has been an integral part of NWSA and the National Conference for almost 40 years. In addition to the PAD Committee's annual Business Meeting at the National Conference, the Committee organizes the PAD Pre-Conference, which hosts a special track of panels, workshops, and receptions for administrators of WGSS programs and departments before the General Conference. Additionally, directors and chairs of programs and departments with institutional memberships have access to the PAD Listserv, where they can share resources, pose questions, network, and collaborate on conference sessions. If you are an institutional member and wish to be added to the PAD Listserv, please email us at nwsaoffice@nwsa.org.


Chair and Director Meeting

Since 2014, the National Women’s Studies Association has hosted a meeting of chairs and directors of member institutions each year. These meetings are intended to promote field-building by bringing together program and department chairs and women’s center directors for a day-long meeting. Participants exchange ideas and strategies focused on program and center administration, curriculum development, and pedagogy, among other topics. You can find the themes and agendas of past Chair and Director Meetings here.


NWSA Statement on Tenure

This 2013 statement on tenure from the NWSA Field Leadership Working Group builds on a 1999 NWSA publication, Defining Women’s Studies Scholarship: A Statement of the National Women’s Studies Association Task Force on Faculty Roles and Rewards (Pryse 1999). Much has changed in the field since 1999, including strong growth at the graduate level, with more than 16 doctoral programs and 40 master’s programs nationally. The doctoral programs not only hire, promote, and tenure faculty—while educating future faculty members—but they also produce much of the field’s newest scholarship. This project seeks a new look at tenure and promotion in women’s and gender studies, particularly since practices for evaluating women’s and gender studies scholars may not fully reflect changes in the field nationally and locally.

This project also grows out of recent work by the National Women’s Studies Association on civic engagement. The resulting white paper, Women’s Studies as Civic Engagement: Research and Recommendations, pointed to the need for a new field statement on tenure and promotion in women’s and gender studies because effective civic engagement pedagogies, while frequently identified as a central goal in higher education, too often fail to count in the academic reward system (Orr 2011). Consequently we want to address the gap between stated institutional values and tenure and promotion practices.

Read the statement here

NWSA Data Project on Higher Education Cuts

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a wave of draconian cuts to higher education: hiring freezes, faculty and staff furloughs and layoffs, benefit reductions, declarations of financial exigency and even outright department or campus closures. Various stakeholders are calling for initiatives, including greater federal investment in higher education, protections for contingent faculty and other academic workers, debt forgiveness and tuition-free college. The National Women’s Studies Association fully supports these initiatives and condemns the attempts to balance budgets on the backs of the most vulnerable academic workers, staff, and students. In the interests of compiling data, we have asked all WGSS faculty and administrators to contribute to a crowd-sourced google sheet on how your programs, departments, and centers have been affected by the crisis. You can find, and contribute to, the data project here.


Of Interest to Women's and Gender Equity Centers

Women's Centers Committee, Pre-Conference, and Awards

First called the Women's Centers and Services Caucus, the Women's Centers Committee has been a pillar of NWSA and the National Conference since 1984. In addition to the Committee's annual Business Meeting at the National Conference, the Committee organizes the WCC Pre-Conference, a special track of panels, workshops, and receptions for administrators of Women's and Gender Equity Centers that precedes the General Conference. In partnership with NWSA, the Committee also gives multiple awards to deserving people working in women's and gender equity centers each year. You can see past recipients here.


Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Programs Standards and Guidelines: Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education Guidelines

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education aims to promote the improvement of programs and services to enhance the quality of student learning and development. This statement addresses standards and guidelines for Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Programs. You can find the report here.


Of Interest to WGSS Students

Student Awards and Prizes

Each year, NWSA, in coordination with different NWSA caucuses, offers multiple awards for people who are current members of NWSA, including several awards for students. Applications will be accepted online during the application submission process.

See the awards

Journals of Gender, Women's, Feminist, and Sexuality Studies

Learn about journals relevant to the fields of Gender, Women's, Feminist, and Sexuality Studies

See the journals

Of Interest to Broader NWSA Community

Data on WGS Programs from Data USA

Using data gathered between 2013-2017, Data USA has compiled information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Women's Studies and the types of students that study this field. You can find the data and analysis here.


NWSA Annual Reports

NWSA regularly generates an annual report that addresses the state of the Association, including the National Conference.

2017 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report

NWSA Program Archive

The National Women's Studies Association maintains archives at the University of Maryland, College Park. The archive includes all program books from the 1979-2017 NWSA National Conferences.

Visit the archive