WIAD steering committee memorandum...
 WIAD steering committee memorandum...
 WIAD steering committee memorandum...

Group Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Title: Memorandum from Suzanna Smith to WIAD Steering Committee
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00085561/00016
 Material Information
Title: Memorandum from Suzanna Smith to WIAD Steering Committee RE: meeting
Series Title: Women in Agricultural Development (WIAD) papers
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: Women and Agricultural Development Program
Publisher: Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: May 21, 1991
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Bibliographic ID: UF00085561
Volume ID: VID00016
Source Institution: University of Florida
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TELEPHONE: (904) 392-1965


To: Steering Committee

From: Suzanna Smith

Re: Meeting

Thank you very much for your participation in the meeting of
the WIAD Steering Committee on April 26. The recommendations the
group made were submitted in a memo to the WIAD Advisory Committee
on April 29.

The Advisory Committee (AC) met to consider these
recommendations on May 9th. The Advisory Committee sees the need
for the WIAD Program to "reconstitute" itself under faculty
direction and broad based, campus wide support. The Advisory
Committee concurs that a senior tenured faculty member with an
interdisciplinary perspective is needed to take a leadership role
in building this support, probably in a one-two year rotating

The AC would like the Steering committee to recommend someone
who might take on this job next year. The AC believes that someone
is needed to fill this role before making decisions about the
structure of a coordinator's job.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is May 28,
10-12 a.m., Room 1151, McCarty Hall. Please come with suggestions
for a faculty member who would be able to build interest and
support in IFAS and the College of LAS.

The AC would also like the Steering Committee to be building
support for the WIAD program. Please think about others who are
working on gender and agriculture who may be interested and talk
with them about the program, get their ideas about program
activities for next year, and ways they would personally like to be
involved, and ask them to come to the meeting or bring their
comments with you. Also, think about how we can continue to build
interest campus-wide over the summer.

Thank you for your time and interest.

cc: Advisory Committee
Hugh Popenoe



3042 McCarty Hall
University of Florida

April 29, 1991

TO: Hugh Popenoe

FR: Suzanna Smith, Interim Director, WIAD Program

RE: Recommendations regarding WIAD Program

At the last meeting of the WIAD Advisory Committee, the group recommended
that a steering committee of "core faculty" be formed to guide the programmatic
direction of WIAD.1 The charge of the committee was to provide recommendations
regarding: (a) the direction of future program activities and (b) resources
needed to support these activities. The newly formed WIAD Steering committee met
on April 26 from 3:00-5:00 p. m. to discuss the future of the WIAD program (see
attached agenda).

Program Activities

The Steering Committee indicated an interest in a formalized WIAD program
that would include a speaker series, newsletter and publication series,
conference, graduate assistantships, and training program. Similar activities
were successfully established and implemented through broad-based faculty
involvement prior to the placement of WIAD in IFAS approximately three years ago.
These activities meet one of the principal functions of a WIAD program: To
facilitate and foster faculty and student interest and involvement in settings
and activities that provide the opportunity to discuss ideas and research
findings related to women and agricultural development.

Needed Resources

The committee emphasized that program success will fundamentally depend on
how the WIAD programs continues to operate in IFAS. Committee members believe
that the WIAD Program has not functioned for the past 2-3 years, and certain
aspects of the administration of the program must be changed if WIAD is to serve
its established purposes and potential.

The committee stressed that personnel are needed to build campus-wide
support for the WIAD Program and to facilitate rather than to administer the
program. This is essential to the development of faculty and student interest
and support.

The committee recommended the following resources to support the program:

1. A senior faculty member with interest and expertise in gender and
agriculture to act as Director. The Director will work with the Advisory
Committee to develop the significant goals and components of the program that
will be carried out by the Program Coordinator and will give guidance and
direction to the full time activities of the Coordinator. The Director will
provide the background and leadership skills needed to facilitate campus-wide

program development and cooperation, will bring needed visibility to the program,
and will assist with overall long range program development.

The committee is not recommending a new faculty line for the position but
expects that release time and other resources will be required to make the
position attractive for a senior faculty member. There may be an opportunity for
the Directorship to be rotated periodically among senior faculty in various

2. A Program Coordinator to implement program activities and to fulfill
the mission of the program under the supervision of the WIAD Director. This
needs to be a full time A&P position whose sole responsibility is the day-to-day
management of the WIAD program. The committee emphasized that staff time must
be dedicated to WIAD rather than to other international activities. Frequent
travel and extensive involvement in other international projects diminish the
ability of WIAD staff to develop linkages within IFAS and across campus that are
the foundation of a successful program. Some relevant background experience is

3. For both positions, an evaluation process is recommended that will
ensure accountability to program constituents. Annual performance evaluations
should be conducted by the Director of IFAS International Programs and by the
Advisory Committee, with input from the Steering Committee.

4. Secretarial support, office space, telephone, xerox machine,
computer, and other resources used for program implementation would need to
continue to be provided by IFAS International Programs.

5. IFAS International Program is the logical u
Program. However, the success of the Director of Internat
administrators at addressing these concerns about prog
providing the needed resources is critical if WIAD is tt
International Programs.

International vs. Domestic WIAD

After some discussion, the committee concluded that the WIAD pruy, ..
encompass both international and domestic perspectives, for several reasons:

1. Current work on women in agricultural development is a broad-based
scholarly enterprise that crosses disciplinary and national boundaries. To focus
on domestic or international is to create artificial boundaries within larger,
global processes. International and domestic perspectives are needed to fully
articulate the position and status of women world-wide and to serve as a basis
for comparative research.

2. Realistically, many faculty develop an interest in international
studies on the basis of their domestic work, but due to their job assignments,
cannot devote themselves only to international activities. However, these
faculty can make an important contribution to the study of gender and agriculture
in general and can offer technical expertise drawn from their domestic work to
international development projects. Similarly, their international experiences
are likely to further enhance their contributions to their domestic work.

3. International students may learn about women and agricultural
development only in courses organized around theoretical and empirical work
conducted by U. S. scholars and focused on domestic populations. These courses
may offer international students, particularly men enrolled in agricultural
programs, their only exposure to the concepts and issues related to the study of
gender, agriculture, and society. The implications of this body of knowledge for
research and extension in developing countries are broad and relevant in many

4. The human use of the natural resource base, which is a topic of
increasing interest in IFAS and on campus, encompasses both domestic and
international research and program activities.
Thank you for your consideration of these recommendations. I will be
informing the Advisory Committee of the outcome of the Steering Committee
meeting. I would appreciate your response as soon as possible, so that both
Committees can be informed about decisions regarding these recommendations.


1. Steering committee members who attended the meeting were: Elizabeth
Bolton (Home Economics), Christina Gladwin (Food and Resource Economics),
Margaret Mattinson (student, Agronomy), Pam Pozarny (student, Anthropololgy),
Helen Safa (Anthropoloyy, CLAS) Constance Shehan (Sociology), Barbara Taylor
(Home Economics), and Linda Wolf (Women's Studies). Uma Lele (Food and Resource
Economics) and Marianne Schmink (Anthropolgy, CLAS) could not attend, but I
discussed the agenda items with them in advance and presented their pertinent
comments to the group. Maxine Margolis (Anthropology) is on sabbatical and did
not attend; Sarah Norton (student, Anthropology) is out of the country; Ken Buhr
(agronomy) did not attend. Two observers, Susan Almay (Adjunct Associate
Professor, Food and Resource Economics) and Camilla Harshbarger (student,
Anthropology) were invited by Dr. Gladwin to attend. Dr. Gladwin also strongly
urged that the committee be expanded to include others who were on the original
steering committee or are actively doing WIAD-related work, regardless of their
faculty status.

cc: Advisory Committee
Steering Committee
E. Drummond
J. Davidson
J. Woeste




April 29, 1991

MEMO TO Dr. Suzanna Smith
Acting Director, WIAD
3008 McCarty

Dear Suzanna,

As a member of the new (and old) WIAD steering committee, I
would like to suggest that we continue to think about tactics and
ways to (1) open up the WIAD steering committee to more
interested faculty and (2) answer the questions and concerns of
the advisory committee about how to restructure WIAD. As I
discussed with you on last Friday at the meeting and again on
Saturday, I am not in agreement with the decisions made about
either the constitution of the new steering committee or the
future location for the program.

I think we should take some more time to find the people on
campus who work and publish on WIAD issues, because they will be
the people who will work hard on the new steering committee.
People at the meeting on Friday kept mentioning the national
reputation of the old WIAD program under the old steering
committee; yet people who were members of the old steering
committee were not invited to join the new one: e.g., Drs.
Sandra Russo, Della McMillan, Susan Almy, Anita Spring (coming in J^,'j
September). They all have long-standing, excellent reputations
in the WID field, although some may be adjunct or visiting
faculty at the present time. They should be invited to join in
our decision-making process. In addition, people who are
interested in WIAD but for lack of faculty lines are now in A & P
lines should also be asked, e.g., Lizette Walecka of the Training
Division, and Ivonne Audirac of BEBR. In fact, it would not hurt
to send out a memo to all departments on campus, looking for new
faculty who may be interested in working on WIAD issues. I think
we could spend some time doing this during the summer months.

I also think we went a little fast in deciding where to


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house the new coordinator. Given that the WIAD program housed in
InternationalPrograms has been in limbo for the last two years,
with no meeting of a steering committee, and little activity in
comparison to the previous years when the program was run by a
faculty steering committee, I think some of us should go talk to
Dean Lockhart, Vice-Pres. Zachariah, Provost Sorenson, and Hugh
Popenoe, and ask them what their.interest in the WIAD program is,
and what their commitment to a WIAD coordinator would be, if
housed in their administrative unit. I also think we should
follow up on Linda Wolfe's suggestion to explore the possibility
to merge the Women's Studies Program with the WIAD program, as
now might be an ideal time to do so.

In short, I think we need to do some more homework. Nothing
is hurt by exploring the terrain, interviewing administrators,
and opening up the WIAD program to more interested faculty.
Given the success of the old WIAD steering committee, there is
nothing to lose but everything to gain by asking the old members,
who worked so hard then, to get active again. Similarly, there
is nothing to lose in taking the time to talk to administrators
about their interest in housing the program or an expanded
Women's Studies-WIAD program. Why not?

I know you were trying to complete your job as acting
director with dispatch, dedication, and integrity; and I think
you know I'm not questioning that. But I think we need to go
slower and ask more questions, in order to have a university-wide
WIAD program that is as diversified and active as it once was.

Christina H. Gladwin,
Associate Professor

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