FWIG Workshop Announced for ACSP 2014 Conference

We are excited to announce that Julie Cohen, PCC, will be leading our FWIG Workshop at ACSP on Saturday, November 1st from 11-12:15pm (right before the ACSP Awards Luncheon). The workshop is called 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance. This workshop is *FREE* to conference attendees thanks to the sponsorship of ACSP!

In over 10 years as a career and leadership coach, Julie has worked with hundreds of clients who want greater satisfaction from their career and work, include leading workshops for many academic audiences and working with individuals considering or working in tenure-track jobs.

Julie’s book, Your Work, Your Life … Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance, explains the 7 Keys needed for a satisfying work-life balance and provides exercises and tools to design work and life on your terms.

This interactive workshop will allow you to examine and enhance your work-life balance satisfaction. We will be addressing:
• A new way of defining work-life balance
• An overview of the 7 Keys
• Deeper exploration of Key 2 – Create Boundaries

Check out Julie’s regular column on work-life balance for the The Philadelphia Business Journal. Maybe you will find something you want to respond to in a blog post here on our website? Let us know!

Will you be attending? Let us know by responding to our poll (top of the right-hand side menu)!

Posted by Corianne Scally.

Work/Life Balance: Maternity Life

**The views represented in this post are the author’s only, and do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group or the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.**

I am not on maternity leave. I had to keep repeating this two years ago to colleagues that assumed that because I gave birth to my son on August 20 that I must be at home caring for him. I was not on maternity leave. I was on maternity life. In anticipation of the work-life roundtable at ACSP, I wanted to share an experience different from a long maternity leave.

I was not on maternity leave for many reasons. The first reason is that Kansas State University does not offer maternity leave. The second reason is that I only just began my job as assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture | Regional and Community Planning department so I had accrued almost one sick day by his birthday and I did not qualify for the Family and Medical Leave Act, which kicks in after 12 months of employment. However, the main reason is that I opted for maternity life. I am not alone in this work-life balancing choice. Marissa Mayer gave birth to her son the same month, just as she began her new job as Yahoo’s CEO. Many other working mothers and mothers-to-be are figuring out ways to be both in the office and in the nursery and opting for something other than a standard maternity leave. These negotiations are especially prevalent in academia because of the lack of clear maternity policies in higher education and pressure for tenure as Chronicle of Higher Education contributor Jeanne S. Zaino highlighted in her series of articles for the Chronicle documenting her journey through the first year of motherhood (and a tenure-track faculty position) in 2003.

My son was born on the first day of class. I did not come into the office the next day. But I did begin coming in every day the following week. I figured out a system where I worked furiously while he slept (which is quite a bit of the time in the first weeks after birth) so that I could nurse him or play with him while he was awake. Beginning in the second week of class, our nanny started coming to my office to help me care for him. This was a postpartum arrangement that worked for both me and my department. I was able to care for my son myself in the first fragile months, with the assistance of our nanny. And I was able to teach a class, write, and continue my research. Of course, I don’t want to imply that the maternity life was tranquil and stress-free. But, had a maternity leave been an option for me, I’m not sure I would have chosen it.

When I interviewed at Kansas State University, I outlined what I would need to be able to continue to work in the months following my son’s birth to my department head. To my relief, she said, “That is something I can work with.” She made clear what the department would need from me and we worked together to find a way that I could provide it and still be a good, caring and present mother for my son. It was not just my career that I considered when making this choice. It was possible for our family to choose this arrangement because of several factors specific to us. This was our second child so I did not have the anxiety, mental adjustment or daily calls to the pediatrician that accompanied the birth of our first child. My pregnancy and delivery had no complications. My son was healthy. My spouse is supportive and active in the care of our children. Had any of these factors been different, I may have made another choice. The maternity life was right for me and my family at the time. Every woman, every family, every situation is different. Women need to be able to negotiate the terms of their employment in the wake of this life-altering event so that it works for both the mother and employer. And they need to be able to negotiate it without it being a reflection of their dedication to their career.

While the lack of maternity leave as an option for women at Kansas State University (which adheres to the personnel policies of the State of Kansas) may reflect poorly on the state as a whole, I hope that my choice does not. When I tell people – especially women – that I did not take maternity leave, they are generally aghast. “What? They demanded you return to work?” The implication is that I was pressured to act as if I do not have a family. But that is not the case. The maternity life I chose put my family in the center of my working life. My office was half work – with a desk, bookshelves, computer, and other usual academic accoutrement – and half nursery – with a rocking recliner, bouncy chair, diaper caddy, and baby toys. Before our nanny arrived mid-morning, I often took my son out in the Baby Bjorn to get my mail, make copies and get ready for my class. My husband would come to the office to meet me for lunch or to take care of our son during a faculty meeting. Academics almost always take work home. For my maternity life, I took home to work.

Posted by Kate Nesse.

FWIG Luncheon Scholarships to be Announced *BEFORE* Sept 5 Registration Deadline

Did you apply for a FWIG Luncheon Scholarship? Good news! Through the generosity of senior FWIG members, we will have quite a few more than originally advertised. Many thanks to those who contributed!

All winners will receive personal notification via email *before* the ACSP early-bird registration deadline of September 5th.

If you win, do NOT register and pay for the FWIG Luncheon. Your name will be provided to ACSP and you will receive a complimentary ticket.

If you win and you *already* registered and paid, no worries! You will be reimbursed.

If you do *not* get a scholarship, we still think the (reduced for students) $20 fee is well worth the opportunity to network and get caught up on FWIG activities. We hope you will still consider joining us!

Posted by Corianne Scally.

FWIG Resume Book – Deadline Sept. 19th!!

The Faculty Women’s Interest Group (FWIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annually prepares and posts on the ACSP website a compilation of the two-page abbreviated resumes of women seeking tenure-earning teaching positions in Planning and related programs in North America. The Resume Book is widely used by Planning Departments conducting faculty searches; many people who appeared in previous editions are convinced that it played an important role in their successful job search.

Most resumes are from those with an earned PhD in Planning or a related field who are just starting their teaching careers. Feel free to include your resume if you already have a teaching position and are considering a move OR if you’re ABD and almost ready. We occasionally get resumes from those with Masters degrees and practicing planners who hope to teach. If you are not sure where to start, try here this Resource Guide.

If you’d like your two page resume to appear in the next edition of the FWIG book, please send a PDF version of a two page resume as an attachment to fwig.resume.book@gmail.com. We will NOT accept any other format. We will NOT include more than two pages.


  • No more than 2 pages;
  • At least one inch margins;
  • At least 12 point type;
  • Do NOT paginate;
  • Do NOT use footers of any kind (headers are ok, but don’t include page numbers);
  • Choose 2 (and only 2) specializations for categorization purposes (see list below);
  • Check the PDF version to ensure that the formatting is correct prior to sending it in.

Additional suggested guidelines

  • Print your NAME in 16-18 point type at the top – not “resume” or “vitae;”
  • Consider what the two pages look like – your experience and background should be easy to see;
  • Think about what the two pages say about you – your strengths and skills should jump right out; and,
  • Check the current Resume Book on the ACSP website for guidance.

Please indicate two specializations under which you’d like your resume to be categorized (listed below). Because we very occasionally add a new category you may ALSO list a category not on the list below; if we get three or more requests for the same new category we will add it.

Feel free to email for additional information. There is no charge for appearing in the publication. The publication should be on-line on the ACSP website before the ACSP conference. No hard copies will be published.

Please send the PDF of your two page abbreviated CV to:FWIG Resume Book fwig.resume.book@gmail.com

FWIG Resume Book Official Substantive Categories

You must choose two from among the following 15 categories. You may ALSO suggest something not on this list; if we receive 3 or more requests for that category we will add it. But since you are allowed to be listed in only two categories, if you volunteer a substantive category not on the list below, you must tell us which one of the original two you wish to drop to add the new category.

  1. Arts and Cultural Development
  2. Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Participatory Planning
  3. Economic Development and Labor Force Analysis
  4. Environmental Management, Planning, and Protection
  5. Food Security and Access
  6. GIS and Quantitative Methods
  7. Healthy Communities and Active Living
  8. Historic Preservation
  9. Housing and Community Development
  10. International and Comparative Development and Planning
  11. Land Use Planning, Urban and Neighborhood Design
  12. Planning Theory and History
  13. Social and Diversity Planning, Social Inclusion
  14. Transportation and Infrastructure Planning
  15. Urban Finance, Management, and Policy

Posted by Corianne Scally.

Work/Life Balance: “A Journey, Not a Destination”

The views represented in this post are the author’s only, and do not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the Faculty Women’s Interest Group or the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

In anticipation of our FWIG Roundtable on “Work-Life Balance: Ways to Succeed” at ACSP (to be held on Saturday, November 1, 11-12:15), I thought it helpful to dig up some resources that might be useful and start a discussion here.

I found this article on “What is Work/Life Balance, Anyway” by professional certified coach Julie Cohen a nice starting place. While every point she makes here is probably worth a separate blog post, I would like to highlight several that have been meaningful to me recently. The first is her comment that achieving balance is a “journey, not a destination”. Frustrating for this strong “J” on the Myers-Briggs scale (which means I like my “life to be planned, stable, and organized”, according to this link), this means you never really “arrive” (at least for more than a few days, weeks, or maybe months). But with that comes the freedom of knowing that things can and will change.

Her illustration of two clients also highlights how journeys may look the same on the outside, but feel very different on the inside, and yield diverse destinations – some more fulfilling than others. In academia, and for women, I think this is particularly important to note. We tend to see the journey as narrowly defined for us by institutional rules of tenure and promotion. It involves certain requirements for research, teaching, and service that seem to take even the best of us well over 40 hours a week to keep up with. The key to navigating the journey (and not viewing tenure as some solid “destination”) is how that journey aligns with our individual “core values” which extend beyond career ambitions to include those several other things in our lives most important to us. Prioritizing those values (e.g. “being influential in my field is more important than XX”; or “caring for my aging parent is more important than Y”), and re-identifying and re-prioritizing them often, then gives us more control over the journey by helping us make decisions based around trade-offs.

I think we often see our journeys as handed to us rather than defined by us and our own core values, and are shooting for a destination that we don’t actually know that much about or that doesn’t represent everything we value. One key to better balance is seeing the journey as more flexible, infusing it with our core values (rather than be guided by someone else’s), and re-imagining our destination beyond our careers.

What do you think?


Posted by Corianne Scally.

Don’t miss ACSP early bird registration, and FWIG Luncheon!

Register by September 5th online here to secure the lower early-bird registration fee for the ACSP Conference in Philadelphia!

And don’t forget to add the FWIG Luncheon on Friday, October 31st!

(Yes, I know, we have already complained to the conference planning committee about the timing of the conference. They gave us their deepest apologies and promised it won’t happen again. We shall see. Be vigilant!)

Students pay only $20 (unless you are lucky enough to receive one of our scholarships, in which case you will be reimbursed).

Faculty pay $49 (Philadelphia is expensive, sorry!)

Come join us for updates, networking, and more. We never disappoint!

FWIG Luncheon Scholarships for Graduate Students

Faculty Women’s Interest Group regularly holds a luncheon at the ACSP conference. This luncheon is an opportunity to network with fellow academics and discuss issues related to Women in Planning / Women in Academia.

We would like to offer luncheon scholarships to approximately 10-11 graduate students who meet the following criteria:

1. You have a paper or poster accepted to the ACSP Philadelphia Conference Fall 2014 (please provide copy of email acceptance).
2. You are currently a graduate student in planning.
3. You complete the form below prior to Sept. 1st.

Acceptance will be first come, first served based on meeting the above criteria. When accepted you will be notified by FWIG Executive Team and your name will be forwarded to Donna Dodd so you will receive a luncheon ticket gratis.

For those students that wish to attend but do not receive the scholarship or do not have a paper/poster accepted –and we hope you do come– we will have discounted luncheon tickets for students (approximately 1/2 price) that can be purchased when you register for the conference.