Texas Tech University

Virtual Mini Conference

TTU Spring


In 1984, The First All-University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Academia was held. For the past 35 years, we have hosted the conference annually each Spring on the campus of Texas Tech University-- the conference is the longest, continuously running conference at TTU. This year, we find ourselves in a unique situation due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. We will not be able to meet face-to-face but we will be able to connect.

In keeping with the spirit of our Annual Conference on Women, we are offering a few sessions on Friday, April 17, 2020- the date the 36th Annual Conference was to be held on campus. We are fortunate to have three sessions, open to all to attend via ZOOM. Please click on a session to RSVP to access the ZOOM link


Time Topic and Guest Speakers
9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

"Pornographic Distortions: The Struggle for Intimacy in the 21st Century"
Presented by Dr. Robert Jensen

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12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

"(HER)story of Women at Texas Tech"
Presented by Dr. Christine Self and Archivist Lynn Whitfield

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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"Virtual Networking with Women's & Gender Studies"

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Research Spotlight on Women Faculty, March 2020

Conference Committee

Thank you to our steering committee members:

  • Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Ph.D., WGS Affiliated Faculty and Associate Professor & Assistant Dean of International Affairs, Communication Studies, College of Media and Communication
  • Tricia Earl, MFA, Program Manager, Women's & Gender Studies
  • Maria Eriksen, Accountant, University Programs and Student Success
  • Elizabeth Karam, Ph.D., WGS Affiliated Faculty and Assistant Professor, Management, Rawls College of Business
  • Sarah Louis, 3rd year doctoral student in Higher Education Research and a graduate minor in Women & Gender Studies
  • Jocelyne Scott, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Women's & Gender Studies
  • Elizabeth Sharp, Ph.D., Director Women's & Gender Studies, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
  • Vickie Sutton, Ph.D., WGS Affiliated Faculty and Associate Dean for Digital Learning and Graduate Education; Paul Whitfield Horn Professor; Robert H. Bean Professor of Law
  • Debbie Torrez, Director of Finance, Administration and Finance, University Programs and Student Success