In 1984, The First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held.
This conference occurs each Spring on the campus of Texas Tech University. A local, state and national call for papers is sent out each year to help promote academic research. Over the year's the theme of the conference has merged with present day discourse of examining the cultural and social construction of gender, exploring the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studying the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.
Past Keynote Speakers
1984 – Carol Pearson, Women in University Leadership Roles
1985 – Kala Stroup, The Academic Mountain: Helping Women Climb It
1987 – Shirley Sears Chater, Creating Options and Opportunities
1988 – Sarah Harder, Who’s Shaping the Agenda? The Challenge for Academic Women
1989 – Elizabeth Haley, Women in Academia: A Shared History
1990 – Amy Freeman Lee, Post Ribcage”
1991 – Catherine Stimpson, Cultural Diversity in Women
1992 – Barrie Thorne, Women’s Presence in Higher Education: Lessons From Research and Action
1993 – Ellen Goodman
1994 – Patricia Mitchell, Cracking the Wall: Women in Higher Education
1995 – Carol Tarvis, The Mismeasure of Women and Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion
1996 - Susan Ford Whiltshire, mentor Was a Woman After All
1997 – Sandra Harding, Education for Women: New Issues and Challenges
1998 – Patricia Ireland
1999 – Sheila Tobias, The Future of Feminism: Lessons From Our Past
2000 – Sarah Deutsch, Dreams of Inclusion: Making and Unmaking Histories of the Frontier
2001 – Donna Lopiano, Breaking Boundaries: What Culture, Contexts and Sports Tell Us
2002 - Dr. Sue V. Rosser
2003 - Dr.Lotte Bailyn and Dr. Stephanie Coontz
2004 - Dr. Charlotte Dunham
2005 - Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer, PhD, RN, Colonel, USAR, Yanar Mohammad,
Dr. Carol Burke andDr.
2008 - Dr. Kimberlee Kearfott,
Dr. Alice Hogan, former program director, NSF ADVANCE PROGRAM, and
Dr. Anne MacLachlan, The Face of Innovation: Women Changing the World through Engineering, Science, and Medicine
2009 - Gloria Steinem, Innovation, Migration and Transference: Voices, Gender and Expression in the Changing World
2010 - Winona LaDuke, Regarding Nature: Gender, Identity and Ecologies of Change.
2011 - Shelby Knox, Innovative Voices: Initiatives, Projects and Practices for Empowerment and Gender Equality
Just wanted to send my hearty and heartfelt congratulations for an EXCELLENT conference! Wow! It was absolutely light years above any previous conference. I really was impressed. I also thought the Shelby Knox/Gloria Steinem intergenerational interplay was really effective. I heard quite a few people thinking about intergenerational feminism in a deep way. - Anisa M. Zvonkovic, Ph.D.,Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies Texas Tech University (2009)
I just wanted to thank you both for the opportunity to present in the conference last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other presenters and academicians while sharing future research ideas. I even had a chance to meet Gloria Steinem, which made my week :) It was a wonderful learning experience for me and a great opportunity for the University. It truly was the experience of a lifetime. - Erin D. Murphy, Graduate Student & Part-time Instructor, Applied and Professional Studies (2009)