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.
Administered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the COACHE survey aims to “measure the tenure-stream faculty population’s levels of engagement in the teaching, research, and service enterprise at their institutions, and to determine how supported and satisfied they are with the terms and conditions of their employment.”
UC Davis ADVANCE engaged COACHE to assess the campus climate, work-life balance, and other issues that may be barriers to diversity in STEM faculty on campus. The survey was launched in the fall of 2012; analysis of the data is currently in process.
Attracting STEM scholars to the academy: A survey of career path perceptions among STEM doctorates uses an online survey fielded to doctoral students to systematically investigate their perspectives on (1) barriers to entry into and advancement within STEM faculty positions, (2) ways to remove barriers and facilitate entry into and success in STEM faculty positions, and (3) characteristics of ideal work environment.
This study uses 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. The PPFP was established as a program to attract outstanding underrepresented women and minority Ph.D. recipients into academic careers at the University of California.
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.