Tag: Higher Ed

August 7, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Candidates’ “fit” with the job, the hiring unit, and the campus is deemed critical yet this is a determination that can be quite subjective. Empirically, such determinations account for only 20-25% of the decision to hire or not. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features a 2020 article from The Journal of Higher Education which looks at how the subjective preferences that largely govern the evaluative portion of faculty searches can perpetuate inequities.

Today’s article was shared by Dr. Amy Marcarelli, an Associate Professor in Biological Sciences. If you have an article you think we should feature, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu and we will consider adding it to the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


July 31, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the course of the last several months, we have seen numerous articles that emphasize the disproportionate burdens and obstacles facing women in academia as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Few articles however have offered ideas on how to mitigate these burdens. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features an article from Nature in which several journal editors, funders, and academic leaders offer their advice on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on women scientists.

Today’s article was shared by Andrew Storer, dean of the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science and project lead on the ADVANCE initiative’s Advocates and Allies program.

If you have an article you think we should feature in the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, please email it to advance-mtu@mtu.edu.

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog.

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July 17, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Yet another issue disproportionately impacting women and minorities is the harassment of them when in a position of power, leadership, or other visible role. In an academic setting, this is referred to as Academic Contrapower Harassment (ACPH). While ACPH does impact all faculty, a 2016 study of 289 professors from across the country found that women faculty reported significantly more scrutiny and negative outcomes from ACPH than men faculty. Today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article features this study from The Journal of Women in Higher Education and encourages you to consider the implications and be consciously aware of contrapower harassment behaviors towards women and minority leaders. We invite you to work proactively to eliminate this on our campus.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5322483/

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog (https://blogs.mtu.edu/advance/). To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


July 10, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In business, diverse perspectives are known to drive innovation and profitability. Diverse perspectives drive innovation in all aspects of academia as well. A recent study emphasizes these innovations in the research arena and also highlights the fact that novel contributions by gender and ethnic minorities in academia are not as readily adopted by their peers. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup summarizes this study and highlights key areas where inequities exist.Counter academic inequities by reading and citing articles such as these.

https://insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/16/underrepresented-scholars-outperform-majority-peers-terms-novel-research

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This article and previous archived articles are available on the ADVANCE Newsblog. To learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts and to check out our growing collection of resources, contact us at (advance-mtu@mtu.edu) or visit our website: www.mtu.edu/advance.


July 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Best practices in inclusive hiring often involve a series of checks and balances. However, postdoctoral positions such as Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Scientist, and Research Engineers are often reviewed only by the Principal Investigator without these checks and balances. A study from Florida International University investigated the presence of bias in postdoctoral application reviews based on name and discovered evidence of both racial and gender bias. This edition of the Weekly Roundup emphasizes the need for rethinking the evaluation processes for postdoc applications.

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2019/06/racial-and-gender-biases-plague-postdoc-hiring

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


June 18, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

If you read your American history book, you’ll be told that the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 effectively freed those enslaved in the Confederacy. The reality is that true emancipation did not come for another 3 years. On June 19, 1865, now referred to as Juneteenth, enforcement of Abraham Lincoln’s executive order finally reached Galveston, TX and liberated the last remaining slaves. Tomorrow is Juneteenth and in recognition of this, today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features the Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week activities beginning today. We encourage you to visit the website below, attend one or more of the virtual activities throughout the week, and learn more about what you can do to promote and adopt anti-racism actions for our students and our community.

https://www.academics4blacklives.com/

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


June 5, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Across the nation, we are seeing protests against police brutality that are being held in the name of equity and equal treatment under the law. These demonstrations are the visible part of the iceberg; the key point is that all of us are responsible for pervasive racism and changing the systems that perpetuate it. For example, efforts to increase campus equity are ineffective without addressing systems that perpetuate exclusion. Without intentional inclusion, diversity is not enough. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a study from 2017 that underscores the importance of inclusion in our diversity initiatives if we want to ensure lasting change and success.

https://services.lib.mtu.edu:6379/content/357/6356/1101

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 29, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In many situations, whether during the hiring process, choosing invited speakers or making nominations for prizes/awards, our unconscious biases can have a great impact.  These unconscious or unintentional decisions are known as implicit biases. We all have them and what is important is how we work to consciously mitigate effects of the biases. This week’s article for the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup was written by the Mathematical Association of America and highlights ways we can think about and mitigate our implicit biases in commonplace occurrences in academia.

https://www.maa.org/sites/default/files/pdf/ABOUTMAA/avoiding_implicit_bias.pdf

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 22, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Intersectionality explores the interconnected nature of social identities such as race, class, and gender both in how they apply to an individual or group and in how they create interdependent systems of disadvantage. These overlapping social identities can accumulate disadvantage under normal circumstances but when compounded with the unique circumstances thrust upon us by COVID-19, the accumulation of disadvantage is exacerbated. This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article shares the perspective of a self-identified “black mother scholar of black-Chinese children” and highlights the compounding nature of the inequalities, especially those magnified by the pandemic.

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/05/08/added-challenges-dealing-race-and-gender-issues-during-pandemic-opinion?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=5d7e5bcd97-DiversityMatters_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-5d7e5bcd97-198514129&mc_cid=5d7e5bcd97&mc_eid=e2ce04109d

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


May 6, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Over the past several weeks, the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup has highlighted the numerous ways in which the pandemic has impacted faculty and their research and teaching efforts. While it is important that we acknowledge these impacts, it is more important that we understand ways in which we can provide support during these trying times. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a recent publication from ASPIRE, The National Alliance For Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, highlights efforts we can undertake to support faculty both during and after the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order without sacrificing all of the progress we’ve made towards a more equitable campus.  Knowledge of the data and resources included in this article can be valuable in communicating and applying policies in an equitable manner.

http://www.mtu.edu/advance/resources/articles-books/supporting-faculty-during-and-after-covid.pdf

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, or to check out our growing collection of resources (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).