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Welcome to AFW


Welcome to AFW

Founded in 1975, Washington State University’s Association for Faculty Women is a broadly inclusive group that promotes successful and satisfying careers for women by creating opportunities for members to connect in environments that are welcoming, supportive, and empowering.

Newsletter from AFW President

Aug 2021

Dear AFW Members,

I hope this finds you well.  The AFW officers have been working through the summer to plan a slate of meaningful activities for the 2021-22 academic year.  These events offer opportunities for professional development, social bonding, advancing equity, and connecting with WSU leadership.  While the initial plans include many in-person gatherings, we realize the circumstances of the pandemic are fluid, and events may move to online as needed.  Also, events will be streamed to all WSU campuses whenever possible.

A special welcome from Blythe Duell, officer for Membership and Outreach, appears below.  If you have not already done so, please consider renewing your membership.  Dues are $20 for the year, and just $5 for grad students.  These funds make our programming possible.  Our annual membership cycle begins on September 15.  If you submit dues by Sept. 15, you will receive an AFW goodie bag.

If you have a moment to decompress and are craving academia-themed entertainment, there is a new series called The Chair premiering on Netflix this Friday, August 20.  Starring Sandra Oh as the chair of an embattled English department, it addresses issues of gender and race in the academic setting.  More information, including the trailer, appears here in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  If there’s interest, perhaps we can meet at a pub to discuss the series informally later this fall.

As you are preparing your syllabi, please consider including Lauren’s Promise (“I will listen and believe you”).  The promise was written by AFW member Jill McCluskey.  It expresses our commitment to protecting our students and it includes vital information regarding responses to sexual assault, violence, and stalking.  The ASWSU Senate unanimously approved Lauren’s Promise in 2019.

This new academic year finds us in a variety of states, including varying degrees of burnout, anxiety, and/or depression.  Let’s look out for each other.


Melissa Parkhurst, AFW President