Luncheon Speaker - Dr. Dana Britton

DanaBritton2Dr. Dana Britton has recently been appointed as the Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. As Director, Dr. Britton will enhance the prominence and impact of the Center in New Jersey, nationally, and internationally.  The Center for Women and Work (CWW) is an innovative leader in research and programs that promote gender equity, a high skill economy, and reconciliation of work and well-being for all. CWW is located in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. CWW addresses women’s advancement in the workplace and conducts cutting-edge research on successful public and workplace policies. Our areas of work include: Education and Career Development, Innovative Training and Workforce Development, Women's Leadership and Advancement, and Working Families.

Dr. Britton, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, joins the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers from Kansas State University (KSU), where she has been a professor of sociology since 1995. She also served as executive director of the KSU ADVANCE-Institutional Transformation Program from 2008-2011 and is now serving as executive director of the KSU Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering. Both of these programs seek to increase the participation and advancement of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.

Recently, Dr. Britton ended a term (2007-2011) as editor of the top-ranked sociology specialty journal, Gender & Society. Her research interests are in the areas of gender and work and gender and social control, topics which she has written  about in two books, one edited volume, and many journal articles. She is a current co-principal investigator on an NSF ADVANCE PAID (Partnerships for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination) grant to study the transition from associate professor to full professor for faculty in science fields. As part of this project, she has conducted 178 interviews with faculty on 13 college campuses.