To conduct integrated empirical studies and on-going data analyses that will inform UC Davis ADVANCE program activities and interventions aimed at improving the recruitment & retention of diverse STEM faculty, with emphasis on Latinas and Hispanic women.
The Social Sciences Research Initiative will:
Collect annual NSF Indicators data to assess demographic characteristics of UC Davis faculty in both STEM and non-STEM fields.
Conduct the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) Survey of Faculty Satisfaction in order to establish baseline measures of faculty experiences, perceptions, and levels of satisfaction against which change can be measured and programmatic impact assessed.
Examine the impact of ADVANCE program activities and interventions on the career progress of women, Latinas and other underrepresent groups of STEM faculty.
Conduct a systematic study of the factors influencing the career paths of both STEM and non-STEM Latina scholars, from faculty recruitment through mid-career, via interviews of University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellows.
Where can the campus community access the NSF Indicators collected by UC Davis ADVANCE?
How will the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellows interviews inform the activities of the CAMPOS Initiative and UC Davis ADVANCE programs?
Findings from the interviews will shed light on the academic and career trajectories of Latinas, which will be helpful to our CAMPOS plans with regards to improving the overall climate for Latinas in STEM. Our data gives information regarding the factors that increased their success in academia. As examples, their mentoring experiences and the amount of received lab support.
Social Science Research Initiative research interns are undergraduate students from UC Davis who assist with research related to the Career Paths of Latina President’s Postdoctoral Fellows study. They are responsible for coding in-depth interviews to examine the career trajectories of all of the Latinas selected for the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program (PPFP) since its inception in 1984.
UC Davis ADVANCE conducts three integrated empirical studies that aim to improve our understanding of the barriers that impede, and specific institutional structures, cultural factors, resources and processes that facilitate the inclusion and success of women and Latinas in academic STEM careers.
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.