News

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

  • Percentage of women at points along the biomedical research career path

    NIH Challenges Academia to Share Strategies to Strengthen Gender Diversity

    Has your school made an important contribution to helping women become leaders in their field? Maybe your department made noticeable strides recently in diversifying the gender and race or ethnicity of its workforce? What about your institution’s response to reversing the “backward slide” experienced by women in biomedicine because of COVID-19?

    Well, tell us about it! Your institution could improve leadership prospects for women in science—and win a prize.

  • Beth McMurtrie

    Teaching: Reckoning with Faculty Burnout by Beth McMurtrie

    If there’s a positive note to the turbulence, said Katherine Rowe, president of the College of William & Mary, it is that it has made the invisible labor of women and faculty of color visible. Sometimes this happens literally, she noted: We now all see each other’s children in the background of videoconference calls, highlighting how professors who are also parents have had to do double duty since March.

  • Dr. Robin Bell, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

    Resetting the Earth and Space Sciences to be Diverse and Inclusive

    Science also needs to be reframed. It is not an esoteric subject that is only studied by people who resemble Indiana Jones, Sheldon Cooper or Bruce Banner. Representation matters.  [...] When protesters are demanding change to save lives, focusing on increasing diversity and inclusion in science may seem like a small piece to this puzzle of addressing systemic racism. But it is the piece that we can improve, and it is a piece that we must improve. Our planet, our species and our science demand and require it. We must challenge the status quo and create change.

     

  • Person overwhelmed

    The Pandemic Is Dragging On. Professors Are Burning Out

    In a forthcoming survey of more than 1,100 faculty members, more than two-thirds said they had felt “very” or “extremely” stressed or fatigued in the past month. The survey was conducted in late October by The Chronicle and underwritten by Fidelity.

    And a recent survey by the American Council on Education listed the mental health of faculty and staff members as the third-most-pressing concern for college presidents, behind the mental health of students and their institutions’ long-term financial viability.

  • Woman in front of computer minitor

    Gender Bias Means Women Are More Likely to Be Silenced Online

    Multiple studies have shown that during in-person meetings, men are more likely to interrupt women, subvert or take credit for their ideas, talk longer and at louder volumes, and be argumentative or critical. By contrast, women are more likely to apologize for speaking up or having opinions, tend to be self-deprecating, and make brief contributions to group discussion.

  • Dude, Women Know Stuff

    “In every instance in which you can make a difference, take personal responsibility to be inclusive and fight back against implicit gender bias,” the authors conclude. “Remember, women also know stuff. You should ask them about it.”

  • Female faculty member at blackboard. Getty Images/Eric Raptosh Photography

    Here’s a snapshot of the gender pay gap in higher ed

    “Our paper examines gender wage inequality using comprehensive data from a large public university, across fields and over a 10-year period,” says co-author Joyce Chen, an associate professor at The Ohio State University. ‘We also take a closer look at data anomalies common in academia—such as multiple appointments, non-academic appointments, and less than full-time appointments.”

    One reason for the salary gap appears to be the male professors, in certain fields, are promoted at higher rates.

    Also, the time female assistant professors spend caring for children during tenure-track years can leave them with less competitive portfolios.

  • Violin plot of cumulative SET scores from study

    Gender Bias in TA Evals

    We know about gender bias in student ratings of professors. A new study finds the same, troubling trend in evaluations of teaching assistants.

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    Ten Simple Rules for Women Principal Investigators During a Pandemic

    While gender disparities are not a new topic in STEM, times of acute stress such as the COVID-19 pandemic have the ability to magnify the impact of these issues. Normalizing conversations around work–life balance, including equitable distribution of teaching/service duties and challenges with caregiving roles, is an essential step for the scientific community to realize a vision of equity. As we face the challenge of helping our students, group members, and staff through this pandemic, we challenge universities to assign additional value to teaching and mentoring, work that has been disproportionately shouldered by women in the academy.

  • Professional woman climbing ladder to prize. istock/sorbetto

    Mic-Drop Advice for Getting Promoted and Tenured

    Katie D. Lewis provides recommendations for how to succeed along the tenure track in each key area of academe -- while also balancing the demands of motherhood.

  • Mother and child at laptop. Stock photo from Pexels

    Women Are Falling Behind

    Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19.

  • Times Higher Education logo

    Job Security or Motherhood?

    China's shift to a tenure-like system is hurting women, survey finds.

  • Dr. Joshua Kim, Georgetown University

    Asking for Flexibility at Work Is Not a Request for Less Work

    Nobody who works in higher ed should have to apologize for missing a meeting because they had to care for, teach or otherwise attend to their kids' needs. The burden of explaining parenting challenges while working under COVID should not fall on staff and faculty. Instead, it should be assumed that everyone is doing the best they can in a difficult situation.

    No longer can employee autonomy and control of one's time be the exclusive privilege of only tenure-track professors. Everyone who works in higher ed should have the independence and flexibility they need to meet all their work and family responsibilities.

  • Woman in lab. Photo by South Carolina Afterschool Alliance

    Million Girls Moonshot aims to bring 1M girls into school STEM programs

    The Million Girls Moonshot initiative is working to close the gender gap in STEM by engaging an additional 1 million female students over the next five years. Anne Moore, a career and technical education and STEM teacher in Virginia, suggests "one-on-one encouragement so they feel comfortable talking about their interests and pursuing STEM careers.

  • During school days, Kimberly Marion Suiseeya sits her daughter at a small table near her work space.

    Pandemic Imperils Promotions for Women in Academia

    Addressing child care needs when children are learning remotely is impeding some women's efforts toward publication and promotion in higher education, some women in academia say. In addition, some universities' decisions to give faculty members more time to meet tenure requirements have unexpectedly hurt women, some of whom say they would prefer child care subsidies, fewer teaching obligations or an adjusted selection criteria during the pandemic

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