The Fall semester is about to begin and while we look forward to starting again, we must also acknowledge the lingering grief, trauma, and upheaval of the past year. This week’s article in Inside Higher Ed notes that many faculty, staff, and administrators will continue to serve as front-line support for students and others in . . .
Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Full Professors, Lecturers, faculty-related items.
Inequitable workload assignments can impact faculty progress and success especially among pre-tenure and URM faculty. This week’s roundup is a blog post and paper that refer to a survey of mostly STEM departments that reveals inequities in faculty workloads. Most significantly, it includes links to a suite of strategies and policies that unit administrators can . . .
1. In honor of our country’s newest national holiday, Juneteenth, ADVANCE at Michigan Tech will be sharing a new resource each hour (approximately) on Black culture and systemic racism in academia. The complete list will be posted on our blog ADVANCE Newsblog – MTU Blog site for the ADVANCE initiative 2. The BARC (Building an . . .
Gendered expectations impact nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives, but we can learn to push back against biases. This is what Jennie Weiner, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, addresses as the guest on Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdCast with Jill Anderson. Dr. Weiner is also the . . .
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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
During Academic Forum on Wednesday, it was mentioned that the ombudsperson talks to ~2 faculty per week. This rate is consistent with results from Michigan Tech’s Work, Live, Learn Survey which found that 31.6% of women disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement that they felt supported and mentored during the tenure-track years or the 22.4% who . . .
How can Michigan Tech accelerate the cultural shift needed to make campus feel truly inclusive to women and minorities? Today’s ADVANCE weekly roundup features two Chronicle of Higher Education articles about achieving this shift. In one, Alec Gallimore, Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan, describes how his college significantly transformed leadership by addressing . . .
A strategic and sustainable approach to realizing a more diverse faculty is both overdue and critical to the future of higher education. Two university deans offer timely advice for enacting such an approach. They recommend introducing BIPOC faculty to the university’s unique features and facilities through invited presentations, postdocs, or conferences in order to create . . .