Shelley CorrellThe Clayman Institute for Gender Research
In many ways, the playing field of work is still tilted in favor of men. Stanford Professor Shelley Correll explains how errors in judgment and evaluation contribute to a gap in opportunities for women. Evaluations are the gatekeepers to opportunities, promotions, and recognition. It’s natural to look for shortcuts with so much information to process every day. However, when you rely on your gut instincts as a shortcut to make decisions, mistakes can happen.
This 2-page brochure provides a brief introduction to the social psychological literature on unconscious biases and assumptions. It focuses on how these unconscious biases might influence evaluation of candidates in the faculty search process. It recommends specific approaches, policies, and practices based on this research aimed at reducing the impact of bias.
National Center for Women & Information Technology
Research shows that even individuals committed to equality harbor unconscious biases that impact everyday decisions and interactions. In the IT workplace, unconscious gender bias can mislead employers, both male and female, to make inaccurate judgments in hiring, performance reviews, and promotion. Furthermore, overt sexism continues to occur in male-dominated workplaces and can be difficult to confront and remedy.
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.