Building Gender Equity in the Academy

Building Gender Equity in the Academy : Institutional Strategies for Change

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An evidence-based, action-oriented response to the persistent, everyday inequity of academic workplaces.

Despite decades of effort by federal science funders to increase the numbers of women holding advanced degrees and faculty jobs in science and engineering, they are persistently underrepresented in academic STEM disciplines, especially in positions of seniority, leadership, and prestige. Women filled 47% of all US jobs in 2015, but held only 24% of STEM jobs. Barriers to women are built into academic workplaces: biased selection and promotion systems, inadequate structures to support those with family and personal responsibilities, and old-boy networks that can exclude even very successful women from advancing into top leadership roles. But this situation can-and must-change.

In Building Gender Equity in the Academy, Sandra Laursen and Ann E. Austin offer a concrete, data-driven approach to creating institutions that foster gender equity. Focusing on STEM fields, where gender equity is most lacking, Laursen and Austin begin by outlining the need for a systemic approach to gender equity. Looking at the successful work being done by specific colleges and universities around the country, they analyze twelve strategies these institutions have used to create more inclusive working environments, including

* implementing inclusive recruitment and hiring practices
* addressing biased evaluation methods
* establishing equitable tenure and promotion processes
* strengthening accountability structures, particularly among senior leadership
* improving unwelcoming department climates and cultures
* supporting dual-career couples
* offering flexible work arrangements that accommodate personal lives
* promoting faculty professional development and advancement

Laursen and Austin also discuss how to bring these strategies together to create systemic change initiatives appropriate for specific institutional contexts. Drawing on three illustrative case studies-at Case Western Reserve University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison-they explain how real institutions can strategically combine several equity-driven approaches, thereby leveraging their individual strengths to make change efforts comprehensive. Grounded in scholarship but written for busy institutional leaders, Building Gender Equity in the Academy is a handbook of actionable strategies for faculty and administrators working to improve the inclusion and visibility of women and others who are marginalized in the sciences and in academe more broadly.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25mm | 499g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • No
  • 1421439387
  • 9781421439389
  • 2,558,323

Table of contents

Part I. The Problem, the Solution, and the Study
Chapter 1. What's the Problem?
Underrepresented, Out of Sight
Barriers for Women on STEM Faculties
The Importance of Representation
Chapter 2. Fix the System, Not the Women
Studying Systemic Change to Advance Gender Equity
The Content and Structure of the Book
Audiences for This Book
Limitations of the Book
Part II. Strategies for Change
Chapter 3. Interrupt Biased Processes
Strategy 1. Inclusive Recruitment and Hiring
Strategy 2. Equitable Processes of Tenure and Promotion
Strategy 3. Strengthened Accountability Structures
Chapter 4. Reboot Workplaces
Strategy 4. Development of Institutional Leaders
Strategy 5. Approaches to Improving Departmental Climate
Strategy 6. Enhanced Visibility for Women and Gender Issues
Chapter 5. Support the Whole Person
Strategy 7. Support for Dual-Career Couples
Strategy 8. Flexible Work Arrangements
Strategy 9. Practical, Family-Friendly Accommodations
Chapter 6. Foster Individual Success
Strategy 10. Faculty Professional Development Programs
Strategy 11. Grants to Individual Faculty
Strategy 12. Mentoring and Networking Activities
Chapter 7. New Frontiers of Research and Practice
Addressing Other Arenas of Bias
Approaching Equity through Analysis of Power and Privilege
Equalizing Workloads and Their Impact on Advancement
Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment
Honoring Intersectional Identities
Including Contingent Faculty
Part III. Building and Enacting a Change Portfolio
Chapter 8. Put It All Together
Case Study 1. Case Western Reserve University
Case Study 2. University of Texas at El Paso
Case Study 3. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lessons from the Case Studies
Chapter 9. Design a Change Portfolio to Advance Equity
Taking a Systemic and Strategic Approach to Transformation
Implementing the Strategic Change Plan
Reflections and Next Steps
Concluding Thoughts
Appendix A. ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Awards by Cohort through 2019
Appendix B. Research Methods
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Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change is a timely addition to the conversation about gender equity in academic institutions, particularly STEM fields.
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About Sandra Laursen

Sandra Laursen is the director and senior research associate of Ethnography & Evaluation Research at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the coauthor of Undergraduate Research in the Sciences: Engaging Students in Real Science. Ann E. Austin is a University Distinguished Professor in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and the associate dean for research in the College of Education at Michigan State University. She is the coauthor of Rethinking Faculty Work: Higher Education's Strategic Imperative.
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