Ohio University

Women in Grad School Conference

Save the Date: February 14 & 15, 2020

Join us for this conference with co-occurring presentations and workshops to support your personal and professional development. Whether you are a current graduate student, alumni, an undergraduate, staff, faculty, or a community member, we have programming to support you!

We are excited to expand our day conference to include an evening reception the night prior. This year's reception is sponsored by the Alumni Association. The conference itself is supported by the Women's Center, the Graduate College, Graduate Student Senate, Alumni Association, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, the AAUW-student affiliate, the Office of Instructional Innovation, and the LGBT Center. 

Registration will close on January 26, 2020. Registration will open shortly. We strive to keep costs low for participants in the conference, and hope that participants who are currently enrolled Ohio University students are able to take advantage of our early bird rate. Registration helps to cover the cost of lunch, coffee, and water for the day. If you are unable to afford the conference, we encourage you to reach out to us so that we can support you in looking for scholarships. The fee structure for the program is below:

Early Bird Registration (currently enrolled Ohio University students) (closes 1/17/2020) $20
Registration for currently enrolled Ohio University Students (open 1/18/2020-1/26/2020) $30
Ohio University Alumni $25
Public/Other Registrations $45


February 14, 2020

Galentine's Day Reception with Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor entitled "Sisterly Love"

Headshot of Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor

5:30PM-7:00PM, including Q&A, networking, and book signing

Baker Ballroom B

Dr. King-Taylor will discuss sisterhood in action, both personally and professionally. She will provide practical ways that women can build each other up and bring each other with you. Dr. King-Taylor will share personal life stories, from grad school, work and sorority life, all of which will motivate and inspire sisterly love. Dr. King-Taylor's book "Out of Battle into Freedom" will be for sale at this event, courtesy of The Little Professor.

Dr. Tanisha King-Taylor is a three-time alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign having earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, a Master's degree in Social Work and a Ph.D in Education Policy Organization and Leadership. Her research centered Black women, microaggressions and the myth of the Strong Black woman. Tanisha is an Author, Speaker, and Consultant who currently serves as the Interim Chief Inclusion Officer for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine with Ohio University. Dr. King-Taylor has served as a professor and Field Advisor for Fordham University as well as Adjunct Professor for the University of Illinois School of Social Work. Her inaugural book "Out of Battle into Freedom" was accepted into the 2017 NAACP Author Pavilion and has been described on Amazon reviews as "incredible" and a "must read". Tanisha is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and has been featured on WEFT 90.1 FM, has served as a panelist on a Black Lives Matter news special which aired on WCIA 3 and is also a member of the Champaign County Board. Her podcast The Tanisha King-Taylor Show will launch soon where she will discuss social justice, politics, women empowerment and more. Most importantly, Tanisha is a wife and mother of three. 

February 15, 2020

9:00AM – 9:30AM


9:30AM - 10:15AM

Morning Keynote:  Time Out: Where are you?, with Jenn Bennett, MS


Undergraduate Track

Professional/Personal  Development Track

Job Market Track

Teaching Track

10:20AM – 11:15AM

Preparing for Graduate School: Applying for Scholarships/GAs/TAs, with Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller


What Made You Say That? Interrupting Microaggressions and Implicit Bias in Every Day Life, with Dr. M. Geneva Murray

Dealing with Bias on the Job Market: Race, Gender, Family, Sexuality, and Class, with Claire Kamp Dush, Ph.D.


Identifying Your Pedagogical Approach, with Tim Vickers, MA

11:20AM - 11:45AM

Pick-up food and network

11:45AM - 1:00PM

Lunch Keynote: The Gender Penalty, with Claire Kamp Dush, PhD

1:10PM - 2:05PM

Graduate School Mapping with Beyoncé, with Tamika Williams, MA

Managing High Stress Situations: What is your Fear Factor? How to prepare and respond, with Dr. Amy Grube

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop, with Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller

Designing Inclusive Curriculum, with Dr. Sarah Wyatt and Dr. Purba Das

2:10PM – 3:05PM

Leveraging Alumni Connections for Success in Graduate School, with Erin Essak Kopp

Finding Leadership Opportunities within Graduate School, a panel  of leaders organized by Graduate Student Senate

Virtual Reality Classroom Management, Patti McSteen, PhD, Eric R. Williams, MFA, & John Bowditch, MA

3:10PM – 4:05PM

Navigating Graduate School with a Family, with Dasmeet Kaur, MS, Maggie DeLong, MEd, Laura Risler, PhD, and moderated by Dr. Becky Bushey-Miller

Professional Branding, with Kailee Slusser

Navigating STEM Fields as a Woman, Panelists forthcoming

Making the Most of Mentors and Responding to Difficult Advisors, with panelists Dwan Robinson, PhD, Mac Stricklen, M.S. Ed, and Edna Wangui, PhD

4:10PM - 5:00PM

Closing Keynote


Morning Keynote: Time Out: Where are you? With Jenn Bennett, MS

When is the last time you took a good look at yourself in the mirror? Some of you will respond, “this morning”; while others might say, “I’d rather not”. This interactive keynote will help you be your own Fairy God Mother, by reclaiming self-care in an evidence-based way while keeping everything simple and tangible (without all of the inflated price tags). 


  • Assess your current self-care habits and routines in multiple dimensions of wellness
  • Identify strategies to sustainably implement self-care
  • Name and understand university and community resources for self-care and well-being
  • Create your very own Fairy God Mother mantra

Jenn Bennett has over 15 years of experience in fitness and well-being.  She has received her degrees, with concentration in Exercise Physiology, a  BS from Ohio University ’05 and a MS from the University of Tennessee ‘08. She worked at one of the fastest growing YMCA in Tacoma Washington specializing in active seniors and behavior change programming.  At Cornell University, Jenn worked with their wellness team to design campus-wide employee challenges, life coaching, and manage Cornell’s Healthy Aging Classes for retirees.  Currently, Director of WellWorks, Ohio University’s employee wellness programming and two facilities in Athens, OH. With her leadership,  her team enhances wellness experiences for members and employees while providing an experiential learning opportunity for students.  Jenn is a facilitator in Resilience & Thriving and a Nationally Board Certified – Health and Wellness Coach.  Her passion is connecting with others and find their inner awesomeness.

Lunch Keynote: The Gender Penalty with Claire Kamp Dush, PhD

Women are more likely than men to receive bachelors and advanced degrees. Yet women continue to be paid less than men, and are underrepresented in tenure-track and administrative positions in higher ed, as well as in senior management positions outside academia. Further, even among highly educated, dual earner [heterosexual] couples, women continue to do more housework and childcare than their partners. Why is this happening? And what can women, and their allies, do about it? This talk will cover the gender penalty that women face in the labor market, and outline concrete strategies for overcoming some of the penalties at work and home. 

Closing Keynote: To Be Announced