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. The 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.

Steering Committee members

CHAIR: Dr. Elizabeth Burroughs, Associate Professor of Mathematical Science; 994-3322

Past Chair: Dr. Sara Rushing, Assistant Professor of Political Science; 994-5165

Meta Newhouse, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; 994-2201

Caroline Graham Austin, Assistant Professor of Marketing; 994-6193

Email Sara with any other membership questions. 

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highlights cover pageHighlights - WFC Fall 2011 newsletter
-- "Recipient of the 2011 WFC Mentor Award"





Family Advocate

MSU desires to support the health and well-being of its faculty, staff and students and their families, and to create a family-friendly environment in which to work and learn. flyer For information and support related to family care-giving needs, contact the University Family Advocate:
Sara Rushing
Assistant Professor of Political Science
2-140 Wilson Hall


Recent Activities

  • WFC Annual Holiday Mixer. Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012, 4:30-6:30 pm, inthe Helen Copeland Gallery (2nd floor of Haynes Hall -- the art building). All WFC members are welcome to attend.
  • WFC Potluck and Book Swap. Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 5:30 pm, Bozeman Pond Pavilion. Bring a dish to share, your drink, books to get rid of, and a bag for new books.
    Discussion of Research in Education Across Disciplines. Friday, April 20, 2012 11:30-12:30 in SUB 168. Lunch provided. E-mail your RSVP to by April 17.
  • Spring Luncheon - Friday, March 9, 2012 at noon, SUB. Lunch will be provided. E-mail your RSVP to by March 6.
  • WFC Ski Day at Bridger Bowl - December 16, 2011: The second, actual end-of-the-semester get-together will be something off-campus, outside, and a little athletic. more
  • Fall Networking Event - December 1, 2011 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm, the WFC will be hosting the first of two end-of-the-semester get-togethers, and we hope you can join us for treats for the eyes and the palateHaynes Hallin the Copeland Gallery for eats, drinks, conversation, and art by Sean Caulfield and Akiko Taniguchi. It should be an aesthetically stimulating good old time! more
  • Brown Bag Lunch - November 18, 2011 at noon., Chemistry Conference Room.
  • July 2011: Dr. Sara Rushing is the current campus Parent Advocate (2011-2012). See flier.
  • October 26, 2010: Grand opening of the Family Care (Nursing) Room on campus, Hamilton Hall more

Steering Committee - Call for Volunteers

October 11, 2011

The current Steering Committee of the WFC – Beth Burroughs, Sara Rushing, Meta Newhouse, and me, Graham Austin – are looking for a few good women from our current and future membership to help lead provide leadership to the organization.  As the WFC expands our “role and scope” on campus (while not having to go up for tenure!), 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. 
In our ideal vision of what the new and improved Steering Committee would be, we imagine having at least one member from each college on board.  We also hope to have representation from at least one research faculty member, and at least one adjunct faculty member; these women faculty comprise the newest participants in the WFC, and 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.
In its new incarnation, we imagine that members of the Steering Committee would serve at least a one-year term.  Members of the Executive Committee would serve three-year terms (one year as president-elect, one year as president, and one year as – you guessed it – immediate past president), to ensure continuity and institutional memory in the leadership of the group.
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!