The Fence

THE FACULTY MEETING depicts a faculty discussion involving an important topic (a faculty search) and how gender dynamics and faculty rank influence the conversation and affect the participants. The sketch was commissioned by the NSF-ADVANCE Program, which is dedicated to improving the campus environment for faculty in the areas of recruitment, retention, climate, and leadership.

The sketch has traveled nationally including the University of New Hampshire, Miami International, UCLA, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Some conference performances have included the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Science Foundation ADVANCE PI Meeting in Washington, DC.

  • Performance for Chairs in Neuroscience; NSF-IWiN (Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience). An audience member looks on as characters debate a tenure case. Washington, DC; April, 2010.

  • Performance for Chairs in Neuroscience; NSF-IWiN (Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience). An audience member looks on as characters debate a tenure case. Washington, DC; April, 2010.

  • Performance for Chairs in Neuroscience; NSF-IWiN (Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience). An audience member looks on as characters debate a tenure case. Washington, DC; April, 2010.

  • Rehearsal for a performance for Chairs in Neuroscience; NSF-IWiN (Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience). Washington, DC; April, 2010.

  • Performance for Chairs in Neuroscience; NSF-IWiN (Department Chair Training to Increase Women in Neuroscience). Audience looks on as characters debate a tenure case. Washington, DC; April, 2010.

  • Performance for Chairs and Faculty. 'Chris' challenges 'Donna' on the soundness of her argument against tenure. Florida International University, Miami; November, 2012.

  • Performance for Chairs and Faculty. Faculty discussing issues in a post dialogue that followed the performance of 'The Fence'. Florida International University, Miami; November, 2012.

  • Performance for Chairs and Faculty. The audience discusses issues in a post dialogue that followed the performance of 'The Fence'. Florida International University, Miami; November, 2012.

  • Performance for Chairs and Faculty. Audience members react to a comment made by a character from 'The Fence'. Florida International University, Miami; November, 2012.