The WFC is an advisory group that was first organized in 2006 to address the concerns of women faculty as well as gender-specific issues across campus and beyond. The WFC supports women faculty at all stages of their careers in a variety of mentoring and networking activities. WFC participants are committed to promoting the accomplishments of our colleagues in their research, creative work, teaching, service, and administration.

Mission Statement

The Women’s Faculty Caucus represents non-tenure track, tenure-eligible and tenured women on the campus of Montana State University. We seek to:

  • Provide a leadership venue for women faculty to collectively impact programs and policies that serve the intellectual interests and welfare of the members and enhance the scholarship and growth of the University community.
  • Enhance the opportunities for networking among faculty women in order to facilitate professional growth and career satisfaction among faculty ranks.
  • Monitor the status of women faculty on campus in terms of numbers, resources, recruitment and retention issues, and accomplishments, and develop effective means of regularly communicating this information to the administration and campus.
  • Advise the MSU administration on systemic issues with disparate gender impacts for the institution as a whole.

WFC Committee members


Leila Sterman ; 994-4519

        Dr. Suzanne Held; 994-6321


Past Chair: Meta Newhouse; 994-2201

Email Leila with any other membership questions. 


Steering Committee - Call for Volunteers and Nominations

December 2016

The WFC – is looking for a few good women from our current and future membership to help lead provide leadership to the organization. We hope to incorporate a diverse mix of ideas and talents from our members into the discussion and decision-making that the Steering Committee engages in. 
We aim to have one member from each college.  We also hope to have representation from at least one research faculty member, and at least one adjunct faculty member-- we want to make sure that the organization incorporates their (your!) opinions and experiences into our short- and long-term strategic planning.  Finally, we’re hoping to have people nominate or self-nominate Steering Committee members who have particular talents, such as database management, communication & social networking, graphic design, etc.
If you’re interested in adding another item to the “Service” section of your vitae, and have the time and talent to spare, please consider joining the Steering Committee.  We’d love to have you!