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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.

  • Woman scientist in lab

    How sexist is science? The findings are more complicated than is often reported

    Of the six areas of gender bias we examined, we found significant evidence of bias against women in two of them, teaching evaluations and salary. Also, although grants in the United States were gender-fair, elsewhere there was bias.

  • Person overwhelmed by papers. Justin Renteria for the Chronicle Review

    Nobody Likes Writing Tenure Letters

    How can we make this form of external review less onerous for faculty members?

  • Woman leaving papers behind her. Taylor Callery for The Chronicle

    Even With Tenure, Women Are More Likely to Leave Higher Ed

    Across academe, women are more likely to leave their faculty positions than men, and attrition is highest for women who have tenure or work in fields outside of science, technology, engineering, and math, according to a new study.

  • Man and woman climbing two ladders; the woman's ladder has a broken rung

    It's not the "glass ceiling" holding women back at work, new analysis finds

    The struggle women face landing senior leadership roles in corporate America is commonly blamed on the "glass ceiling" — the metaphorical gender barrier that blocked their ascent to the highest levels of management. Yet new research indicates that the problems for women in the workforce begin far lower down the professional ladder.

  • An Insider/Outsider Journey: Life Reflections with Nobel Laureate Carolyn Bertozzi

    Join 2022 Nobel Laureate Carolyn Bertozzi for her thought-provoking speech about her journey from privileged beginnings as the daughter of a MIT professor to overcoming systemic roadblocks in chemistry education on her road to becoming a world renowned chemist, the surprising ways her life changed during the days of the announcement, and what she hopes can be accomplished to bring more people to chemistry after the award.

  • Barriers to Tenure and Promotion Persist for Psychology Faculty of Color

    A report by the American Psychological Association outlines the barriers many faculty members of color face and calls for increased transparency in the tenure and promotion process.

  • Man at desk seen from above. Sam Kalda for Chronicle

    Ask the Chair: Are Great Chairs Born or Made?

    Higher education is finally getting serious about training new department heads.

  • Systemic racism in science: reactions matter

    In this e-letter to Science, Agustin Fuentes proposes to those opposing anti-racism moves in science in the United States to "acknowledge the existing data and analyses, collect more data, run new analyses, and then see how to reframe questions and practices given more refined understandings of the dynamics of systems."

  • 5 Lessons for Higher Ed’s Least Powerful Administrators

    What department chairs can learn about leadership from “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”

  • Research Finds No Gender Bias in Academic Science

    Reviewing decades of studies, researchers with “adversarial” perspectives conclude that tenure-track women and men in STEM receive comparable grant funding, journal acceptances and recommendation letters—and that women have an edge over men in hiring.

  • Panelists Patrice Sims, Adrienne Minerick, Meagan Pollock and Stephanie Adams

    PI Minerick participated in a panel on  Gender and Racial Equity in Engineering: Perspectives from Academia at the EMD conference in 2022.

  • Faculty interacting with students in class (Drazen Zigic/istock/getty images plus)

    Diversity Work, Meaningful Work and Faculty Workload

    Joya Misra, Dawn Culpepper and KerryAnn O’Meara offer four strategies for ensuring workload and rewards systems equitably recognize the efforts of women faculty of color.

  • Karen Perez, executive director of the Child Development Center at Passaic County Community College, interacts with children at the college’s child-care center.

    The number of on-campus child-care centers has declined over the last 10 years, with the steepest declines taking place in the community-college sector.

    To combat these issues, the National Head Start Association and the Association of Community College Trustees announced a partnership that is meant to put more child-care facilities on campuses.

  • Women Do Higher Ed's Chores. That must end.

    From the mundanely sexist to the lawsuit-worthy, service work is inequitable.

  • The Feminization of the Department Chair

    The growing numbers of women in the position confront a job with mushrooming demands and stresses yet relatively little institutional support, writes Nazli Kibria.

  • Faculty member inside a wheel

    Faculty Workloads Are Unequal. That Must Change. If service isn’t made more fair, people will stop doing it.

    Service, however much one puts in, will factor only so much into tenure and promotion decisions. That’s where the ACE’s other three conditions come in. While transparency, clarity, and credit show us the distribution of labor that we have, norms, context, and accountability — more ecologically oriented factors — help us achieve the distribution that we should have. The former is obviously prerequisite to the latter: You can’t repair without assessing. Accountability norms are deeply relational, concerned as they are with equal access to opportunities and with what we owe to one another (in other words, ethics). 

  • Faculty Gender Imbalances Yield Biased Student Ratings

    Another study adds to the litany of concerns about student evaluations of faculty teaching. It says men and women are both at risk from bias in gender-lopsided departments, but women more so.

  • The intersectional privilege of white able-bodied heterosexual men in STEM

    White able-bodied heterosexual men (WAHM) in STEM experience more social inclusion, professional respect, and career opportunities, and have higher salaries and persistence intentions than STEM professionals in 31 other intersectional groups, says Cech in a study published in Science Advances

  • Summary of family support policies

    Family support policies could curb attrition in STEM programs, say O'Brien and Arzua in a November/December 2022 article in American Scientist.

  • Are Women Held to a Higher Standard in Publishing?

    According to Hengel’s new research, time spent in peer review has a gendered tinge. Hengel found that, in over 50 years of data from two top economics journals — Econometrica and The Review of Economic Studies — papers by women spend an average of three to six months longer in review than similar papers by men. That’s after controlling for citations, readability, author seniority, and other factors. 

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