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Group on Women in Medicine and Science

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advocates for women’s advancement in leadership and education, research, clinical practice and administration. GWIMS supports women faculty, facilitates networking and mentoring for women faculty and students, and connects with professional groups and the community.


Upcoming Events

WSU 2020 Faculty Salary Equity Study
Catherine “Katie” Cooper, Associate Professor, WSU School of the Environment
February 17, 2021
3:10- 4.00 pm

Meeting ID: 994 9493 4105
Passcode: 039191



Featured Article

Turning Chutes into Ladders for Women Faculty: A Review and Roadmap for Equity in Academia

Despite significant progress in recent decades, the recruitment, advancement, and promotion of women in academia remain low. Women represent a large portion of the talent pool in academia, and receive >50% of all PhDs, but this has not yet translated into sustained representation in faculty and leadership positions.  Cardel et al. (2020) describe the ‘‘chutes’’ that impede women’s promotion at all stages of their careers and provide feasible recommendations or ‘‘ladders’’ for addressing these issues.

Read previous articles here


Learn about WSU ADVANCE’s sustainable programs to develop an inclusive research institution whose faculty are supported by a system that promotes career-long excellence for all by focusing on obstacles to recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing an exceptional, diverse faculty.


National GWIMS Website

Founding Members

Dedra BuchwaldCommunity HealthDirector and Professor
Naomi ChaytorMedical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Professor
Gail ChermakSpeech & Hearing SciencesProfessor and Chair
Dawn CooperResearch; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean for Accreditation, Assessment and Evaluation
Dawn Elise DeWittAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssociate Dean of Clinical Education, Spokane Campus
Luisita FrancisAcademic and Community Partnerships; Medical Education and Clinical SciencesAssistant Dean for Community Engagement
Leila HarrisonRecruitment and AdmissionsAssociate Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Inclusion
Georgina LynchSpeech & Hearing SciencesAssistant Professor
Radha NandagopalMedical Education and Clinical SciencesClinical Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Director, Clinical Skills, ESFCOM

College of Medicine faculty interested in being part of GWIMS? Please fill out this form:


Gail D. Chermak, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
509-358-7598 (SPOKANE)
509-335-8849 (PULLMAN)