Documenting the impact of the COVID shutdowns during 2020-21 on the productivity and well-being of students and faculty in higher education is critical to responsive efforts toward recovery. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report, Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, documenting the . . .
ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Putting yourself in another person’s position: understanding colleagues with disabilities
Although navigating life through a pandemic has been difficult, ever wonder what navigating life with disabilities is like? Want to support colleagues with different abilities, but felt uncomfortable asking how? This article contains five questions answered by those with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities as they navigate daily life. The article highlights the pressures disabled . . .
ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: The ongoing challenge of childcare availability that has been heightened by the pandemic.
The pandemic has heightened awareness of the challenges of access to quality child care at campuses around the country, and the inequities that result when this child care is not available. This is not a new challenge, but it is one that universities are clearly going to need to help address to retain quality faculty, . . .
Policies that allow for pauses in the tenure clock have been discussed as a potential solution to the gender disparities observed in faculty promotion, such as those which have become more evident during the pandemic. But what evidence do we have that these policies produce desirable outcomes? A 2018 study using aggregated economics department data . . .
Attending to intersectional differences also includes listening for what is not being discussed. For example, by their mid-40’s and early 50’s, many faculty cisgender women are in mid-career or senior positions but few are willing to talk about the impact of menopause on their careers. This week we highlight a recent synopsis in the Endocrinologist . . .
In certain fields, women dread presenting seminars because of the aggressive questioning they experience. This type of questioning goes well beyond questions that arise from intellectual curiosity about a topic. Patronizing and hostile questioning is a type of harassment. This New York Times article describes a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research . . .
This week’s ADVANCE weekly roundup article describes how the failure of a man to demonstrate masculine stereotypes such as self-promotion and self-interest impacts how both men and women rated his workplace competence. These “agreeable” men earn less money in prime earning years and may be overlooked for advancement. Deviating from the stereotype of masculinity can . . .
LGBTQ scientists experience career-damaging harassment according to the largest-ever survey recently published in AAAS’s Science Advances and featured in Nature. The study of thousands of US-based researchers finds that those from sexual and gender minorities are more likely to experience workplace prejudice and harassment, fewer career opportunities and fewer resources. Further, LGBTQ individuals experience greater . . .
As we start to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, it is important to acknowledge that the effects will last for many years. In discussions of these effects, a recurring theme emerges: documenting impacts. This is not a one-time task: the lingering effects of the pandemic should be identified and reflected on . . .
ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Programs to Diversify Role Models in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine)
An engineer friend once told my wife that my daughter, who was considering majors in college, was not the right type to be an engineer. Too often, we develop preconceived ideas of what a scientist, engineer, or artist is expected to look like. We use such stereotypes to simplify the complex world around us. This . . .