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This section includes news releases about the project and, more in general, studies on gender and diversity with particular emphasis on STEM disciplines.

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    Faculty Evaluation After the Pandemic

    In our post-Covid personnel landscape, one-size-fits-all tenure and promotion policies are destined to fall short.

  • Between a Rock and a Workplace

    Working spaces and cultures in the geosciences need to change in order to attract, safeguard and retain people with disabilities.

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    Implementing Pandemic Equity Measures for Faculty

    Joya Misra, Ethel L. Mickey and Dessie Clark outline four concrete steps that institutional leaders can take to create equitable systems for supporting faculty members.

  • A generation of junior faculty is at risk from the impacts of COVID-19

    For junior investigators starting their independent careers, the challenges of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic extend beyond lost time and are career threatening. Without intervention, academic science could lose a generation of talent.

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    Do the Work

    Jia Zheng and Jalah Townsend share some key strategies to help higher education institutions retain faculty who are Black, Indigenous and women of color.

  • Lessons From the Trenches of Motherhood and Academe

    Academic parents and caregivers find efficiency a necessity, writes Rebekah Layton, who offers tips for how to manage your time and energy.

  • Report Finds Workload Inequities Based on Faculty Members’ Race and Gender

    Faculty workload inequities have important consequences for faculty diversity and inclusion. On average, women faculty spend more time engaging in service, teaching, and mentoring, while men, on average, spend more time on research, with women of color facing particularly high workload burdens. A follow-up report offers solutions such as systemic teaching and service assignments, transparency and introducing credits for faculty.

     

  • The Changing Face of Science

    New data highlight minorities and women in science, along with one particularly understudied group: scientists with disabilities.

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    Colleges Must Change to Retain BIPOC Women Faculty

    They must remove the major roadblocks such academics face, writes Chavella T. Pittman, who provides some key recommendations for doing so.

  • How To Be a More Inclusive Mentor

    As colleges continue to diversify their students at a faster rate than their faculty members, some professors will mentor students from radically different backgrounds. If you want this relationship to be successful, here's some advice: Listen first, and don't make assumptions. Katie Mangan offers more tips from longtime mentors.

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    How to Successfully Negotiate Your Salary

    Dan Moseson shares stories and strategies from across higher ed that include pragmatic advice along with ways to tackle some systemic problems.

  • Nonverbal Mechanisms Predict Zoom Fatigue and Explain Why Women Experience Higher Levels than Men

    Fauville et al.'s (2021) paper shows the results of the Zoom Exhaustion & Fatigue scale survey administered to 10,591 participants from a convenience sample and tested the associations between five theoretical nonverbal mechanisms and Zoom Fatigue – mirror anxiety, being physically trapped, hyper gaze from a grid of staring faces, and the cognitive load from producing and interpreting nonverbal cues. 

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    Columbus teen creates podcast encouraging girls to succeed in male-dominated STEM fields

    Laura Kate Holden, a high-school senior from Columbus, Ga., has been conducting interviews with women in STEM for a podcast she launched in the fall as part of a school chapter of GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science). Holden, who uses scientific papers to find guests from around the world, says she got the idea for the podcast after a club networking event was canceled because of the pandemic.

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    The Professor is in: How to Negotiate in a Pandemic

    What to expect if you’re fortunate enough to get a faculty job offer this spring.

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    Admin 101: How to "Read" a Job Candidate's CV

    A close examination of the vita improves the prospects of fairness and success in faculty searches.

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    Why Are There So Few Women Full Professors?

    Even in the Before Times, when working mothers did not also have to oversee their own children’s education at home, parenthood significantly impacted a woman’s chances of advancing to full professor. A recent study shows that just 27 percent of academics who are mothers, compared with 48 percent of fathers, achieve tenure — to say nothing of promotion to full professor. In fact, according to the American Association of University Women, while 70 percent of tenured male professors have children, only 44 percent of tenured women do. 

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    Where Caregiving and Gender Intersect

    Numerous recent studies highlight the coronavirus pandemic's disproportionate blow to female academics’ productivity. Other studies highlight the pandemic’s toll on academics who are caregivers.

    A new study of thousands of professors from Ithaka S&R, out today, highlights the particular struggles of female caregivers working in academe -- and what institutions can do to help them.

    Stanford University’s Faculty Women’s Forum recently shared findings from a COVID-19-era faculty satisfaction survey. The pandemic caused “a lot more stress” for 57 percent of all respondents, more so for women, tenure-track professors, those at the lower end of the salary scale and those caring for children.

     

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    Teaching and Tenure: Part II

    Higher education institutions must offer multiple roads to recognition for faculty -- not just one, writes E. Gordon Gee.

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    Teaching and Tenure: Part I

    We need to foster the central importance of classroom instruction, and the best way to do that is to revise how we reward faculty, write Lisa M. Di Bartolomeo and Pablo García Loaeza.

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    Institutional Approaches to Mentoring Faculty Colleagues

    To build an inclusive climate for faculty, colleges should develop formal programs for mentoring rather than just leave it to individuals, write Joya Misra, Ember Skye Kanelee and Ethel L. Mickey.

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