December 12, 2007
For immediate release
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, Dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, delivered the keynote address “Star Gazing and Star Trekking: Women in the 21st Century” at the American Association of University Women – Santa Barbara (AAUW-SB) on Thursday, December 13 at the Santa Barbara Club. Dean Conoley will discuss the opportunities now available to women and the growing numerical dominance of women in higher education, while also addressing the continuing threats to achieving at the highest levels in many occupations. AAUW-SB will also recognize the three young women whom we sponsored to attend 2007 Tech Trek Science Camp for Girls at UCSB.
“I have been a career-long admirer of the work of the AAUW,” Dean Conoley says. “I am acutely aware of how my path in higher education was made smoother through the pioneering efforts of this organization. My keynote address is meant to repay, in some small measure, this enormous debt that I owe to the women who came before me.”
Dr. Conoley served as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University for ten years. Prior to that appointment, she was a professor, department chair, and associate dean for research and curriculum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her B.A. in psychology from the College of New Rochelle, and her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Conoley is well known for the depth and impact of her research on school psychology. She is the author or co-author of 20 books, 33 book chapters, and 30 articles on education issues, and has been the principal or co-principal investigator of grants with awards totaling over $18 million.
The mission of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is to promote equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. Since 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. Consequently, AAUW is involved in such activities as public policy efforts, programs, and diversity initiatives.
Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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