UC Davis ADVANCE Faculty Director, Karen McDonald, spoke at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of their Chancellor’s and Provost’s Distinguished Lecture Series on the Advancement of Women in Academic Careers.
A one-day system-wide Roundtable was sponsored by the NSF-funded UC Davis ADVANCE program, on April 10, 2015. It convened UC faculty and academic administrators from 9 UC campuses to examine the issue of faculty advancement and reward systems and the impact these systems have on building and sustaining a diverse faculty. The Roundtable aimed to (1) Evaluate the impact of practices and policies that aim to assure equity in faculty advancement and reward systems with the goal of defining best practices; (2) Discuss the continuing barriers to equity and their effect on career choice particularly for URM STEM researchers; (3) Assess the impact of our current reward metrics and systems on attaining and sustaining a diverse faculty.
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.