Women in Academia: How a Community of Practice Conducts Systems Convening Work


  • Jamie Shaffer Belmont University Author


community of practice, systems convening, women, higher education, faculty


This article examines the formation and impact of a supportive networking community of practice (CoP) for women faculty and staff at a university in the southeastern U.S. Barriers to success for women in higher education, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, are discussed. The framework of systems convening and the ways in which the CoP conducts this important work are explored. The article concludes by conveying the importance of such social learning spaces for women. Strong communities of this type can contribute to the success of females in higher education as well as to the advancement of the entire institution.