We – Angela Bos and Monica Schneider, the conference co-organizers - are thrilled about our second conference, “New Research in Gender in Political Psychology Mentoring Conference.”
Here is the story of our conference. Right after we accepted jobs upon completion of our PhD program at the University of Minnesota, Angie came up with the idea of having a junior-senior mentoring conference during Angie’s fourth year leave. We both appreciate the value of having a strong mentoring but from everything we’ve experienced and read, particularly the 2005 American Political Science Association’s “Women’s Advancement in Political Science Report,” political science as a discipline needs to improve on mentoring of junior female scholars and increasing visibility of gender research in top journals. Thus, we decided to take on the challenge of improving the discipline. The National Science Foundation was gracious enough to recognize the same problems and agreed to fund our endeavor, the first conference in 2011.
The 2011 conference changed the course of our academic careers; as a result of the network we formed through it, we now feel we have a home in the discipline. We have been excited by the positive impacts the conferenc had, not only on us, but on all the participants.
We remain committed to providing a conference where the work of mentoring and research gets done. This conference is one step in continuing to rectify the problem of a ‘leaky pipeline’ for women and to assist scholarship on women and politics in gaining acceptance in the top journals. We also hope to improve on two other problems: teaching the topic of women in politics and professional development.
We are very enthusiastic about having the opportunity to organize a conference to benefit junior scholars, senior scholars, women in the discipline and research on gender. We are excited that we have a strong group of participants who share our enthusiasm for improving our research, our teaching, and our profession.
See you in Wooster!