Dr. Mariko Chang is the external evaluator for our program. Dr. Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998 to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation across countries, the use of social networks for gathering financial information and began her work on the gender wealth gap. She is also a member of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development’s Experts of Color Clearinghouse, a Featured Expert at the National Council for Research on Women, and an Affiliate Scholar at the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner. In addition to authoring numerous journal articles and reports, Dr. Chang is the author of Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Dr. Chang is an independent consultant specializing in Faculty Diversity and Program Evaluation. She currently serves as an evaluation consultant for the Johns Hopkins University Institute for NanoBio Technology, and as external evaluator for programs at Iowa State University, Syracuse University, Purdue University, Montana State University, and the University of New Hampshire. She is also the past Managing Director of Brown University Advance-IT Program, and Associate Professor of Sociology and of Social Studies at Harvard University.
Dr. Mariko Chang is the External Evaluator for the UC Davis ADVANCE Program. A former Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, she currently works as an independent consultant helping universities diversify their faculty and as an external evaluator specializing in NSF-funded grants, including LSAMP, IGERT, ADVANCE, and Research on Gender in Science and Engineering grants. She has served on numerous NSF review panels and site visits.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.