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Women in Leadership

The number of women faculty and senior administrators in theological education is growing, although their percentage remains smaller than the percentage of women students. In this targeted area of ATS work, the Association provides educational support for women faculty and administrators and assists schools in their efforts to include more women in leadership positions.

In addition to a listserv (requires a member school email address), the Women in Leadership in Theological Education program has two principal activities:

Annual Conference: The annual conference focuses on emerging and advancing professional development, including attention to the distinctive skills needed by women to function effectively in theological schools. It provides a focused educational setting as well as the opportunity to network with other women. Participants are selected on the basis of letters of recommendations applications from ATS schools, and preference is given to women who have not attended this conference in the past.

Senior Administrator Conference: ATS hosts a conference for women currently serving as presidents or deans in member schools. These are the most influential roles in ATS schools, and they bring both the greatest opportunity to guide the course of an institution and the greatest amount of stress. The conferences precede the Presidential Leadership Intensive Conference and the Chief Academic Officers Conference, and they are designed to provide time for networking, reflecting, and strategic thinking.


Mary McMillan
Meeting Coordinator