- New! The Culture of the Finance Profession: Evidence from the 2020/2021 American Finance Association Survey
- AFA Professional Climate Survey Results, Adams and Lowry ( 2021)
- Based on a survey of AFA members, Barber, Jiang, Morse, Puri, Tookes and Werner (2021) analyze how demographics, time allocation, production mechanisms, and institutional factors affect research production during the pandemic. Consistent with the literature, research productivity falls more for women and faculty with young children. Independently, and novel, extra time spent teaching (much more likely for women) negatively affects research productivity. Also novel, concerns about feedback, isolation, and health have large negative research effects, which disproportionately affect junior faculty and PhD students. Finally, faculty who express greater concerns about employers’ finances report larger negative research effects and more concerns about feedback, isolation, and health.
- Related to these findings, check out this fascinating way to show biased perception (and sometimes a chosen style due to the perception) sorted by gender in Student Teaching Evaluations. https://benschmidt.org/profGender/. Try for example: smart; brilliant; knowledgeable; leader; strict; understanding; nice; warm; funny.
Representation and Recognition
Gender and Academia
- Davies (2023): Drawing from Robert Mizzi’s theorization of heteroprofessionalism, this article discusses the experiences of two queer professors in Education and Psychology. Davies explores how heteronormative and cisnormative expectations of post-secondary professors impact professional practices and increase the regulation and surveillance of queer professors in academia.
- Vancour (2023): Employing qualitative methods, this study examines the experiences and career trajectories of 16 academic women who held tenured, fully promoted faculty positions prior to becoming administrators. Further, this examination aims to identify the key factors that make the difference for women faculty to assume roles of higher education leadership.
- Jackson (2023): This study provides insight into tenured and tenure-track faculty experiences. In Jackson’s PhD dissertation, they create a study surveying 60 tenured and tenure-track faculty in the University of California system to determine if microaggressions, sense of belonging, campus climate, the faculty advancement process, mentorship, student evaluations of teaching, and research were perceived barriers. The results suggest that women and faculty of color have the highest reporting perceptions of barriers for all seven variables, and White faculty report the fewest perceptions of barriers than any group.
- Tetteh, Zaier, and Maina (2023): This study aims to examine the challenges of immigrant black female faculty (IBFFs) from Africa who have joined the American professoriate. This category of scholars faces the intersectional “triple bind” of being females, immigrants and people of color; as a result, they may encounter peculiar challenges in their professional practice. Shedding light on their experiences will help advance robust supportive systems that are essential to promoting all-inclusive staff productivity and the internationalization drive of post-secondary institutions.
- Simien and Wallace (2023): This article summaries literature on the exclusion and disproportionate service faced by women academics and faculty of color in political science. Recommendations based on this scholarship should inform provosts, deans, directors, and other institutional actors who recognize the need for documenting structural inequities and investing in high-impact, long-term solutions.
- Covarrubias, Newton, and Glass (2022): Three mid-career women faculty of color discuss how they navigate conventions of academic writing. Their stories range from challenging dominant and mainstream norms of evaluation and research, to learning to find one’s voice in writing, to navigating racist feedback in the peer-review process.
- Nelson et al. (2022): In two surveys, the authors investigate how nondisclosure of LGBTQA identity affects worker productivity as a productivity cost. They find that LGBTQA-identified scientists who did not disclose LGBTQA identities in professional settings authored fewer peer-reviewed publications, and that LGBTQA-identified scientists who disclosed their sexual orientation had publication counts more like non-LGBTQA participants than those who did not disclose. Their findings suggest a need to improve workplace climates for sexual and gender minorities.
- Hillier (2021): This narrative survey and interviews on academic mothers from a Southwestern Ontario university campus discuss challenges associated with balancing family life, graduate studies, and motherhood. The issues discussed, such as maternal well-being and gender equity, shed light on an increasing, yet largely overlooked demographic in Canadian universities.
- Ferguson et al. (2021): The authors examine the experiences of Black women faculty who teach in graduate education programs, and how teaching using culturally relevant practices can cause Black women faculty to negotiate their identity within academia. The frameworks applied, informed by Black feminism and the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning Model, stress the creation of identity specific support.
- Ghosh and Barber (2021): Drawing from interviews with immigrant women university faculty, the study considers how foreign-born minorities experience interpersonal and institutional exoticization. They mention how cultural contrasts add to barriers to promotion and work satisfaction for immigrant women in white-collar jobs.
- Mansour et al. (2020): The authors examine the effects of professor gender on the post-graduation outcomes for female students, finding that those learning under a female professor substantially increases the probability of them pursuing a STEM occupation and receiving a STEM master’s degree.
- McChesney and Bischel (2020): The authors discuss the demographics of aging of tenure-track faculty: while younger faculty cohorts have more gender and ethno-racial diversity and higher education institutions can take advantage of faculty retirements to hire more diverse faculty, they encourage institutions to still focus on retention and promotion of existing underrepresented junior faculty.
- Lerchenmueller et al. (2019): The authors argue that productivity differences cannot account for gender disparities in academia. Instead, they explain that women academics receive less recognition than men for equivalent accomplishments and stress the importance of self-promotion and positively (while accurately) framing the quality and importance of their research findings.
- Li and Koedel (2017): From 2015-16 faculty representation and wage gap data in selective public universities, the authors confirm trends of Black, Hispanic, and female professors being underrepresented while White and Asian professors remain overrepresented. Underrepresentation in the disadvantaged minority and female demographic is attributed primarily to science and math intensive fields. The potential for greater diversity in STEM fields appears as junior faculty are better balanced in diversity, but Black faculty are an exception (there are not more junior Black faculty members than their senior counterparts). Furthermore, their analysis also does not find a wage premium for faculty who contribute to their workplace’s diversity, despite universities displaying an explicit valuation of this.
- Zoogah and Josephs (2017) : Under-representation of minority faculty is often explained by the academic pipeline or racial discrimination arguments. The authors posit a third argument combining institutional, stakeholder, and resource dependence theories, that institutional factors and pressures affect universities’ responsiveness to faculty diversity. Their findings encourage university administrators interested in increasing faculty diversity to critically examine the characteristics of their universities.
- Bagues, Sylos-Labini, and Zinovyeva (2015): Their study on gender composition of scientific evaluation committees in Italy and Spain finds that a larger presence of female evaluators does not increase the quantity or quality of female candidates who qualify. Moreover, gender-mixed committees tend to be less favorable toward female candidates than all-male committees.
- Casadevall (2015): The author discusses how American Society for Microbiology’s General Meeting achieved 48.5% of oral presentations given by women and the mechanisms that improve female speaker participation to demonstrate that it is possible to increase this in a relatively short time with concrete steps.
- Deo (2015): The author presents findings from an empirical study of the law faculty experience to provide additional support for affirmative action through educational diversity.
- Meyer et al. (2015) : The authors provide evidence for the field-specific ability beliefs (FAB) hypothesis, wherein women are likely to be less represented in fields perceived to require raw intellect and talent, and find that college education further entrenches participants’ FABs. As such, their research asks college instructors to avoid compliments that express one’s inherent traits (“genius,” “brilliant”) and instead uplift what they have achieved and explicitly reward dedication and effort.
- Ceci et al. (2014): Despite gender parity achieved for bachelor degrees, gender differences in academic representation persist across academic fields, graduate programs, and professorship. In particular, women have been underrepresented in mathematically intensive academic careers, attributed to inequalities prior to their doctorates. Ceci and authors argue that since historical barriers of gender discrimination are no longer the primary cause, female PhD applicants in their careers perform at least as well as their male counterparts. Still, pre-college factors and the subsequent likelihood of majoring in these fields continue to bar women from full participation in mathematically intensive scientific fields.
Diversity in Economics and Finance
- Jones and Xiong (2023): This study documents the doctoral origins of finance faculty in U.S. finance departments. Graduates from top-ranked universities are disproportionately represented; for instance, nearly half of faculty come from universities with top 25 Ph.D. programs, and many of these attended a top 5 university. Many of the faculty at top universities went to another (or the same) top university for their Ph.D. Among regional universities, the study finds evidence that it is common for departments to hire graduates from universities in the same geographical region.
- Dawkins (2023): This article discusses the life experiences of Dawkins as (1) a Black student studying accounting at several predominantly white institutions (PWIs) and (2) a Black accounting faculty member serving at two PWIs for 28 years. Dawkins hopes that their comments would better sensitize primarily majority accounting faculty to the actual or perceived realities of the world and, more specifically, the academy from the perspective of one Black accounting faculty member.
- Kuminoff et al. (2023): This study describse new data on diversity within the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), with a focus on association membership and publication in the association’s flagship journal, the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE). The data is used to provide an update on the status of women in AERE and to extend the scope of diversity measures to describe the professional position, employer, alma mater, degree year, and degree country of JAERE authors.
- Ghio et al. (2023): This article discusses the accounting profession and education through a review of literature on diversity, equity, and social justice within the field. Marginalized groups in accounting education include, for example, people from historically oppressed racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; people of nonconforming gender or noncisgender and of nonheterosexual orientations; people with disabilities; and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds and their intersections.
- Didia and Flasher (2021): Using role model theory and studying women accountants, the paper explores the relation between the number of female professors in a school and the number of female students from that school who progress to partner level. In general, results show a positive relation between females holding chair positions in accounting departments over extended time periods and female graduates progressing to partner on audit engagement.
- Dupas et al. (2021): The paper is the first systematic analysis of the economics seminar culture in 2019, investigating gender and the dynamics of economics seminars. The authors find that even after including rich controls, women presenters are asked more questions and the questions asked of women are more likely to be patronizing or hostile, adding to an emerging literature documenting ways in which women in economics are treated differently than men.
- Gamage et al. (2020): They study women in UK academic economics departments, finding that similar to the US, UK women in economics are underrepresented and paid less than men. While these women face similar barriers, these issues have received less national policy attention in the UK. Still, there is evidence that a UK academic diversity programme (Athena Swan) has narrowed the gender pay gap at senior levels.
- Önder and Yilmazkuday (2020): The authors outline trends in journal publications of graduates of North American economics PhD programs between 1980 and 2014. While all-female and mixed-gender author teams publish significantly less than all-male author teams between 1980 and 1990, they find no significant difference after 2000. In addition, male authors are overrepresented in microeconomics and macroeconomics, while female authors are overrepresented in labor and development economics.
- Sherman and Tookes (2020): The authors present new data on female representation in the academic finance profession. Among the top-100 U.S. business schools during 2009–2017, only 16.0% are women.
- Beneito et al. (2019): The authors provide explanations as to why women are relatively less attracted to economics than men. They find that macroeconomics and finance show the greatest scarcity of women, and generally, economics majors hold a macroeconomics-biased view of the economics profession, exhibit gender differences in their perceptions of interest and difficulty in distinct subfields, and their interest and performance in economic subfields are influenced differently by their male and female peers in macro versus microeconomics.
- Boustan and Langan (2019): They study graduate programs in economics to understand the variation of women’s success across departments in STEM. They observe a wide variation in the average share of women in the graduating classes of economics PhD programs across universities. Furthermore, they show that departments with a greater share of women in their faculty have more women in their student body. While men and women who graduate from the same program do not show different propensities in being offered a faculty position or promotion, in the case of economics departments, men land placements at higher-ranked departments and publish more in top journals than women. Looking at 22 graduate programs, they find that women graduating from departments with relatively better outcomes have 9% higher placement rates than men, while women from departments producing relatively worse outcomes have 8% lower placement rates than men. Through interviews with female economics graduate students, they confirm that women on the faculty inspire women in the student body to succeed.
- Chari and Goldsmith-Pinkham (2018): They document the representation of female economists in conference programming at the NBER Summer Institute from 2001-2018. From 2016-2018, women compose 21% of all authors on scheduled papers. They advise programs interested in increasing female representation to encourage a larger share of female submissions. In addition, they find stark differences across economic subfields in female representation (less authorship in finance and macro and international economics, more in labor and public economics).
- Bransch and Kvasnicka (2017): The authors analyze publication data from economic journals between 1991-2010, finding that female editors reduce the share of articles (co-)authored by women. While female editors benefit article quality for editorial boards with low levels of representation, they harm it in ones with higher levels.
- Buttner et al. (2017) : The authors focus on minority business faculty underrepresentation and its causes. Their analysis shows that leader racial awareness, perceived importance of cultural change, and recruitment and feedback efforts predict minority faculty representation.
- Emerson et al. (2017): The authors observe the role model effect of women faculty on undergraduate economics majors. While they find no evidence that female faculty attract female students. However, they do find that business and liberal arts colleges with two semesters versus one semester of calculus required for economics majors deters women from majoring in economics at PhD granting universities.
- Hengel (2017): The author applies readability scores to female economist’s writing, finding that female-authored papers are 1-6% better written than equivalent papers by men, and that their writing gradually improves while their male counterparts’ do not. Assuming tougher or more biased editorial standards, she further estimates that senior female economists write at least 9% more clearly than they otherwise would, effectively burdening female economists with an added time tax and hampering productivity. Moreover, female-authored papers are found to spend six months longer in peer review.
- Kahn and Ginther (2017): The authors summarize research on the underrepresentation of women in math-intensive STEM fields, through childhood to higher education and into the labor market.
- Sarsons (2017): The study examines academic economists CV’s, finding that women are less likely to receive tenure the more they coauthor (as opposed to men and solo-authoring). Comparing economics with sociology papers (coauthors are listed in order of contribution), Sarson observes that men and women receive equal credit for coauthored papers.
- Zacchia (2017): Through the lens of female Italian economists, the author discusses how gender diversity can enrich economic analyses. Among them, she finds a sharper decrease in women researches in non-mainstream economic fields, particularly heterodox approaches and the history of economic thought. She points out the importance of accounting for how diversity can support plurality in research and in researchers’ career paths to preserve and increase gender diversity in economics publications.
- Bayer and Rouse (2016) : The authors present data on the number of women and underrepresented minority groups in economics and argue that implicit attitudes and institutional practice contribute to such underrepresentation at all stages of the pipeline. Furthermore, they outline the ways in which diversity in the profession can produce higher quality research.
- Ginther et al. (2016): Employing existing literature, the authors specifically examine gender parity in the economics profession, where women’s progress stagnated. While they conclude from empirical evidence that there is no bias against women in academic hiring, they note that women publish fewer papers once in tenure-stream academic positions, partially because they are more likely to be employed at teaching-intensive institutions. They also highlight the importance of interventions to address gender differences in academic careers, citing the CeMENT mentoring workshops for junior economics faculty at research institutions as a success, subsequently implemented in other countries.
- Lightbody et al. (2013): The authors review twenty years of U.S. accounting doctoral graduates, finding while controlling for the quality of their alma maters, that minority women (African, Hispanic, and Native American) are doubly disadvantaged in initial placements and placements further along in their careers (having lower ranked placements).
- Hamermesh (2012): The author analyzes patterns of co-authorship on full-length articles published in economics journals (AER, JPE, QJE) from the 1960s through the 2010s, finding that the fraction of older authors has quadrupled, and predicting that co-authorship should increase.
- Krause et al. (2012): Analyzing anonymous job applications of Ph.D. economists, the authors determine that anonymity is not associated with a different invitation probability between female and male applicants (female applications have a higher probability of an invitation than male in standard applications). Still, their results support the reasoning for this practice: to prevent employers from favoring non-minority applicants in the initial stage of hiring.
- Ferber and Brün (2011): The authors find that because of the increasing representation of women in economics, the disadvantage women economists face in a male-dominated field has reduced.
- Forget (2011): The author outlines the history of American women economists during the 20th century.
Supportive Environments and Behavioral Restrictions
- Marchiondo, Verney, and Venner (2023): Drawing on the trickle-down model and its underlying theories (social learning theory, social information processing theory), this study investigats whether a recurring source of social influence—academic leaders—spur faculty DEI support. The authors develop a model in which academic leaders’ diversity-related attitudes interact with faculty gender to predict faculty endorsement of institutional diversity in higher education over time. Specifically, they propose that academic leaders’ diversity attitudes have a stronger effect on male faculty, who tend to have less personal experience with bias than women, providing greater opportunity for building their awareness.
- Bunn (2023): The purpose of this review is to discuss how recent kinesiology research and organizations have emphasized DEI to provide faculty and staff with contemporary information for improving this aspect in the field of kinesiology. Literature within the vast field of kinesiology has shown that women and black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) have been underrepresented among tenured faculty. The literature provides a deep analysis of the challenges faced in the academy as well as strategies to improve departmental and institutional DEI culture.
- Stone-Sabali et al. (2023): This study uses semistructured interviews to investigate Black STEM graduate students’ perspectives about faculty ally behaviors. Three categories emerged—prepare to be an ally, foster credibility, and practice active allyship. In addition, the three categories informed the preliminary design of the multidimensional axis of allyship development framework, which contributes to how allyship development is conceptualized and offers practical insights for research, Black students, and aspiring faculty allies.
- Tram et al. (2023): This study examines the contributions of satisfaction with faculty mentoring, satisfaction with financial support, incorporation of ethnic minority issues in classes, and dominant culture academic expectations to program satisfaction in ERMS enrolled in doctoral psychology programs. Findings show that mentoring, financial support, ethnic minority content, and academic socialization were each significantly related to program satisfaction.
- Haynes (2023): This article presents the White racial consciousness and faculty behavior (WRC/FB) model, which emerged from a constructivist grounded theory study I conducted. The WRC/FB model represents the inextricable link between racial consciousness and White faculty behaviors that either challenge or serve White interests and, consequently, White supremacy. This research broadens the higher education literature on teaching and learning by using Kimberlé Crenshaw’s restrictive and expansive views of equality framework and Derrick Bell’s interest convergence principle to establish a connection between advancing racial justice and excellence in college teaching.
- Meikle and Robles-Bykbaev (2023): The paper addresses three research questions. (a) How can social justice be explicitly included in Universities’ third mission policies and activities (processes and outcomes)? (b) How can universities, as change agents, help produce socially responsible students and citizens? (c) Is there a typology for social justice as social responsibility for universities to self-diagnose their position relating to the intersection of social justice, community engagement, and the shaping of fair and just future practitioners?
- McKenzie and Khan (2023): The study stresses that there is an urgent need to increase the social inclusion of postsecondary faculty with disabilities by reducing the need to adapt to ableist and sanist neoliberal standards. Using an autoethnographic case study method, guided by an intersectional and disability justice theoretical framing, the authors challenge the ahistorical and non‐relational tendencies of neoliberalism in its many forms. Using lived experience as data, the authors elucidate strategies to promote social inclusion aimed at universities and at the discipline of social work.
- Horton (2023): This study explores the complexity of the tenure process of nine women (both tenured- and tenure-track) at PWIs and the effects of mentorship through an online survey. Findings indicated that African American female academicians at PWIs faced multi-faceted challenges and successes in mentorship relationships, and described experiences with incivility (i.e., exploitative mentorship and workplace bullying). Implications for further areas of higher education policy advocacy are discussed.
- Zambrana, Carvajal, and Townsend (2023): This study explores three questions: Are there differences between URM (historically underrepresented) and non-URM Latinos in: 1) demographic factors, 2) taxation experiences and 3) physical and depressive symptoms and role overload? URM respondents are significantly less likely to report white race, more likely to report racial/ethnic discrimination, and more likely to report joint appointments compared to non-URM faculty. Almost 25% of respondents report clinical depressive symptoms.
- Morgan and Marin (2023): Little research has focused on teaching graduate-level diversity courses, particularly from the faculty standpoint. The purpose of the study was to better understand what works and what is needed to support instructors of graduate-level diversity courses–using Charmaz’ Constructivist Grounded Theory approach, data from 20 qualitative interviews were analyzed for emergent themes.
- Jauchen (2023): Understanding DEI work as both a burden and a form of critical agency, Jauchen argues in this paper that we need to reframe DEI service in STEM as a type of institutional activism. After defining institutional activism, Jauchen introduces a DEI institutional activism framework based on the theory of collective identity, which has previously been used to frame identity-based activism.
- Steinman and Kovats Sánchez (2023): Based on interviews with 23 Indigenous faculty, students, staff, and community members, this paper explores their experiences at an Indigenizing university. This study calls attention to the settler colonial dynamics that often persist within North American colleges and universities in their efforts to target and recruit Indigenous students and how such institutions should support robust and culturally appropriate healing practices and resources that depart from default institutional understandings and operative processes.
- Russo-Tait (2023): This study examined equity conceptions and reported teaching practices among 45 faculty members in a College of Sciences at a research intensive, historically White, public university in the United States. Thematic analysis showed that faculty conceptualized equity in three ways—“equality,” “inclusion,” or “justice”—and these conceptions were associated with instructor-centered or student-centered practices. Conceptions of equity appear to inform how university science faculty see their roles in advancing equity in their classrooms.
- Mathew et al (2023): This study builds on previous critical White allyship scholarship, but rather than centering White voices, it centers diversity educators of color at various institutions. The findings from the study illuminated the challenges and complexities of working with White racial allies, in particular the realities of taxation, an unwillingness to make sacrifices, and the words and action paradox.
- Turner (2023): To improve the dialogue on the experiences of ethno-racially and gender-diverse faculty, this article draws on the author’s previous research and insights from experience in academic leadership positions. Organizational factors such as those within the department and the institution as a whole are crucial to support the successful development of a diverse faculty body. Higher education leadership, at local as well as national levels, must work toward the cultivation of nurturing work environments for all faculty, including those who may bring different perspectives. Individual and organizational efforts can work together to include the contributions of all faculty.
- Blake (2023): Despite the prevalence of URM academic couples, research rarely captures their perspectives, which could shed light on their experiences with dual-career hiring and inform faculty diversification efforts by revealing barriers to their inclusion. Guided by critical race theory, this study draws upon couple and individual interviews with nine URM faculty couples, and reveals how they endure racialized devaluation of their merit and racialized sexism against women partners. Implications for recruitment and retention are discussed.
- Conner et al. (2023): Experiences of Black social work faculty with Black administrators is understudied. This mixed-methods study used a phenomenological approach to explore the experiences of Black social work faculty and staff currently or previously supervised by a Black administrator. The main findings were that participants had more autonomy and positive interactions, formal or informal visible supports, and support and understanding from their administrators.
- Merlin-Knoblich, Moore, and Dameron (2023): This study examines the impact of a diversity dinner dialogue led by school counselors on student and faculty multicultural attitudes. Findings indicate increased but nontstatistically significant differences in MC attitudes and reactions across time.
- Harpur, Szucs, and Willox (2023): Through a survey of publicly available diversity and inclusion action plans at Australian universities, this paper analyses the extent to which intersectionality is considered in university strategic approaches to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and how intersectionality is expressed within strategic plans. This paper shows that while there were mentions of intersectionality, these were often limited to aspirational statements and acknowledgements rather than meaningful enactment. This demonstrates a desire by universities to respond to intersectionality in education, but either a lack of action or understanding of how to act for positive impact.
- Gasman (2022): Gasman’s book centers how colleges and universities can undo systemic racism in faculty hiring. Relying on national data and interviews with provosts, deans, and department chairs from sixty major universities, Gasman documents the institutional forces stymieing faculty diversification, and she makes the case for how such deficiencies can and should be rectified. Chapter 2 discusses institutional notions of faculty diversity, and the continuing chapters explore the faculty pipeline, search committees, diversity statements, and a call to action.
- Trolian and Parker III (2022): . Using longitudinal data from the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education, this study examined the relationship between students’ perceptions of faculty practices and student-faculty interactions and two measures of students’ attitudes toward diversity, and whether these relationships were moderated by race/ethnicity. Overall, findings suggest that the type and quality of each faculty practice or measure of interaction with students may be significant in terms of fostering positive diversity attitudes among students. Implications for policy and practice are discussed.
- Cross and Carman (2022): This study used archival data for 120 public community colleges from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to calculate a Diversity Score for each college and ranked them by their overall level of faculty racial/ethnic variance to quantify the relationship between faculty diversity and student graduation, transfer, and drop-out rates. The findings suggest that there is a significant strong positive relationship between graduation, transfer, and drop-out rates for URM students of all race/ethnic categories when there are increases in faculty diversity.
- Lemus, Tindage, and Stohl (2022): In addition to discussing the difficulties that both faculty and students of color experience in the context of U.S. higher education, this paper explores how memorable messages research from a variety of conceptual and theoretical standpoints can be used to better understand the role of communication in shaping student and faculty success.
- Pagan et al. (2022): The authors use narratives from current junior Latina faculty to highlight the need for and development of effective mentoring programs that address the unique needs of diverse faculty. The goal of the paper is to consider the unique cultural experiences of Latina graduate students, early career scientists, and junior faculty, and to advocate for structured mentoring programs as critical to ensuring retention and increasing academic success.
- Iheduru-Anderson et al. (2022): With a thematic analysis following a narrative inquiry, the paper studies a major research gap on the severe under-representation of Black women academic nurse leaders.The authors examine how race and gender influence their function in leadership positions, perceptions by peers, and how their perception of race, gender, class, and power influences diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the workplace. As such, the authors advise instituting training for faculty in anti-racist pedagogy and requiring nursing programs to meet inclusivity metrics for approval and accreditation.
- Johnson-Mann et al. (2021): The paper provides perspectives on how increasing the pipeline of diverse pre-med students to professors would improve health equity. As well, given that there are differences in care for minority patients, the authors suggest that care provided to black patients by black physicians can lead to improved compliance with medications and care plans.
- Hamilton (2021): The article studies faculties’ self-perceptions of their classroom leadership and the impact of it on the effectiveness, satisfaction, and effort levels shown from their leadership. Focused on students’ educational experience, this study employs faculty self-introspection to advance transformational leadership competencies.
- Batiste et al. (2021): The study explores teaching experiences and interpersonal constraints as predictors of attitudes and perceptions of faculty. The authors find that teamwork is a consistent predictor of a higher sense of belonging, and that fostering positive relationships among faculty in a meaningful and systemic manner supports self-worth and limits cynicism.
- James et al. (2021): The authors discuss equity cases–fictional collages of counterstories–to allow said cases for more complexity, authenticity, and utility for faculty of color. Cases described are fictional, though informed by actual events personally experienced or directly witnessed, considering the possibility of reprisals endured by faculty of color who advocate for the actualization of university-sponsored diversity goals.
- James et al. (2021): The authors apply critical race methodology to advance the use of qualitative research in higher education on racism and its effect on faculty relations.
- Settles et al. (2021): Using data from tenure-track faculty, the study investigates the effect of scholarly devaluation on faculty workplace outcomes. Women and underrepresented faculty of color reported higher perceptions of scholarly devaluation. As well, scholarly devaluation was associated with higher intentions to leave the university; this relationship mediated by lower job satisfaction and poorer perceptions of the workplace climate. For all faculty, negative consequences were found for perceiving scholarly devaluation, and the authors discuss the implications of these findings for retaining marginalized faculty.
- Davis et al. (2021): Examining mentoring success through interviews of faculty of color, the authors identify four major mentoring challenges: negative mentoring experiences, difficulty finding mentors, insufficient institutional support for formal mentoring, and lack of post-tenure mentorship among tenured faculty. Moreover, the authors find that Black and Latinx women were most likely to describe barriers to mentoring, whereas Asian and Black men reported the fewest. Included in this study are potential interventions that may increase positive mentoring experiences.
- Delgado and Sun (2021): In a qualitative study, the authors explain the lived experiences and acculturation process of immigrant academics of color within American academia. For those who have this double-minority status, they find struggles of cultural disequilibrium, marginalization, and the challenges of gaining or regaining cultural, professional, and social capital.
- Misra et al. (2021): The authors discuss how faculty workload inequities are perceived by women and underrepresented minority faculty. Then, the authors identify mechanisms to help shape perceptions of greater equity in fairness to improve gendered and racialized perceptions of workload, including workload transparency and clarity, and consistent approaches to assigning classes, advising, and service.
- Kaundinya (2021): To address the issue of diversity in medicine, including underrepresentation and non-disclosure of minority identities, the author suggests that making faculty demographics available can lead students to find individualized support across their medical training. Although medical schools largely do not make self-reported information from faculty about their identities and allyships available to medical students, identity compatibility between students and role models shows to correlate with academic achievement and senses of belonging.
- Sykes (2021): In an essay, the author reflects upon experiences of micro and macro-aggressions as academic turning points, those of which turn underrepresented scholars away from the academy. Following, Sykes offers concrete recommendations for administrators, editors, faculty, and students on how to cultivate academic environments that enable underrepresented scholars to thrive in academia.
- Arnold et al. (2021): The article examines the academic labor costs and racial battle fatigue incurred by Black faculty to maintain a positive trajectory toward promotion and tenure.
- Settles et al. (2021): Using data from interviews with faculty of color, the authors examine how epistemic exclusion through individual biases and systems of evaluation devalues their scholarship and deems them illegitimate as scholars. They find that faculty of color cope with epistemic exclusion by seeking validation and support outside their institutions, and by being assertive, as they note a number of negative work-related psychological consequences of this exclusion. After addressing epistemic exclusion as a form of academic gatekeeping, the authors offer strategies to counter this barrier and promote the advancement of faculty of color.
- Leitner et al. (2021): The authors research the role of academic leaders in transforming universities into entrepreneurial institutions. In the study, they find that departmental heads with business experiences positively influence the acquisition of third-party funds and the patent output of the whole department. As such, they suggest that business experiences should be considered when assigning new heads for reorienting universities and restructuring university financing.
- Figlio and Schapiro (2021): Regarding staffing undergraduate courses, the authors discuss the trade-off between hiring based on research and teaching excellence. The authors also show that on average, contingent faculty outperform tenure-line faculty in the introductory classroom. As such, the study presents two alternative measures of teaching effectiveness, capturing “deep learning” and “inspiration” to demonstrate how neither correlate with measures of research success.
- Melaku and Beeman (2020): The authors discuss their experiences and relevant research as scholars of color at a white academic institution, introducing concepts like “invisible labor,” the “inclusion tax,” and emphasizing a behavior and mindset change in white colleagues to internalize the racial and social justice affirmation statements issued by their academic departments.
- Dutton et al. (2018): The authors present results of a diversity mentoring program at a law school. This intervention has proven to be effective, with participants reporting growing their network of mentors, receiving significant advice on research and tenure, and being sponsored for new opportunities as a result.
- Fernando and Prasad (2018): The authors look at early- and mid-career female academics in business schools, finding that organizational silence, “reluctant acquiescence,” is the product of third-party actors (line managers, HR, colleagues) who persuade victims of sex-based harassment and workplace mistreatment to not voice their complaints.
- Huopalainen and Satama (2018): The authors discuss maternal experiences for early-career academic mothers. They show that motherhood is not entirely negative for their academic careers – academic mothers who are white, heterosexual, and middle class, find simultaneous satisfaction with their motherhood and their career.
- MacDonald (2018): In The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture the author discusses the impact of believing in America’s endemic racism and sexism, and how American academia has metastasized diversity bureaucracy.
- Desivilya et al. (2017): The authors compile interviews by 20 diverse faculty members in a Northern Israeli college, finding implicit power dynamics that constrict the legitimacy of minority faculty to voice critical opinions and limit their actions.
- Wu (2017): The author provides evidence of gender stereotyping by academics in their discussions of economists in the anonymous Economics Job Market Rumors forum.
- Deo (2015): The author reports findings from the Diversity in Legal Academia project, an empirical intersectional examination of the law faculty experience. The article focuses on the intersection between race and gender, demonstrating the unique challenges that women of color law faculty face to stress the importance of strengthening diversity in legal education.
- Juarez (2015): The author writes on the experiences of academic librarians of color. The paper furthers the dialogue about diversity by focusing on what is not being discussed and how we can broaden the conversation.
- Lusher et al. (2015): The author investigate how academic outcomes of undergraduate students are affected by the race or ethnicity of their graduate student teaching assistants. Their results show a positive and significant increase in course grades for students who are assigned TAs with a similar race or ethnicity.
- Tweedy (2015): Given that bisexuals constitute the largest group in the LGBT+ community, Tweedy discusses her experiences as a bisexual law faculty candidate and how negative views on bisexuality affected her job search.
- Joecks et al. (2014): The authors descriptively find that female business and economics researchers with children (in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) are more productive than those without children, noting positive incentive and positive self-selection effects.
- Testy (2014): The author writes on gender performativity and pressure in being a dean, and how social penalties strongly affect gay and lesbian educators and higher education administrators.
- Gonzalez and Harris (2012): They provide an introduction to Presumed Incompetent, an account of intersectionality in academia through personal narratives and empirical studies by women faculty of color.
- Harter et al. (2011): The authors analyze survey data collected from US academic economists on their work time allocations, finding that while departmental and school incentives provided a premium for research, they still spent more time on teaching. They also find that faculty members’ gender and rank were significant predictors on how they allocate their time (male economists spending less on teaching and more on research than female economists).
- Blau et al. (2010): The authors evaluate the AEA’s CeMENT mentoring workshop, finding that relative to women who did not participate, those who did are more likely to stay in academia and more likely to have received tenure in a top 30-50 economics institution.
- Spade (2010): The author describes his experience becoming and being a trans law professor, as well as broader questions on activism, privilege in academia, and professionalism.
- Carrell et al. (2009): The authors find that professor gender has a powerful effect on female students’ performance in math and science classes and their continued interest in the subjects. Their results indicate that the gender gap in for STEM majors and their performance in courses is mitigated when introductory classes are taught by female professors.
- Dedoussis (2007): Theauthor discusses the challenges that “third-country” faculty face, such as culture-shock, role conflict, and unmet expectations. Given the reality of “transnational universities” through online learning, offshore campuses, and franchising or acquisition agreements with local partners and institutions, Dedoussis recommends universities to attract and retain quality international faculty irrespective of nationality and other individual differences.
Hiring, Promotion, and Retention
- Kendrick and Hulbert (2023): Librarianship has been grappling with an underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) librarians for decades, and while libraries have developed a plethora of recruitment initiatives, the numbers appear to have not changed meaningfully, remaining static over the decades. In this issue brief, the authors take a closer look at how diversity in librarianship has been measured and the shortcomings and complexities of the data.
- Leal-Carrillo, Gonzales, and Lewis (2023): This case study explores how the Success Center for California Community Colleges collaborated with the Chancellor’s Office, faculty representatives, and other partners to develop a system-wide organizational strategy to hire and support a workforce as diverse as the students they serve.
- Matias, Lewis, and Hope (2023): At the current rate of faculty diversification, the authors claim U.S. colleges and universities will never achieve racial parity. However, their findings suggest that the academy could achieve parity by the year 2050 by increasing faculty diversification by 0.78 percentage points over the current rate of change.
- Bitar, Montague, and Ilano (2023): This report examines faculty diversity relative to student diversity, as well as hiring equity, tenure equity, and changes in faculty representation over time for Black and Latino faculty at public, four year institutions, and highlights colleges and universities that are making progress on diversifying their faculties and those that have more work to do. Findings show that Black and Latino faculty are severely underrepresented at most public, four-year colleges and universities.
- Tobin et al. (2023): The authors’ research report indicates that with appropriate investment and mentorship, students of color and lower-income backgrounds can have rewarding careers as faculty and administrators within the academy. Moreover, as doctoral programs respond to the declining share of full-time and tenure-track positions, graduate faculty are preparing their students for a broader range of career options.
- White-Lewis et al. (2023): This paper advances the faculty mobility literature by studying faculty who actually left their higher education institution for both academic and non-academic jobs. Drawing on a survey of 773 departing faculty respondents, the study employs structural topic modeling and logistic regression to understand whether or not academic and non-academic leavers had statistically different reasons for leaving.Regression results show that gender, tenure status, and salary increase were significant drivers of leaving the academic profession. Further, the study provides implications for future studies of faculty departure and for faculty retention.
- O’Meara et al. (2023): Efforts to mitigate bias in faculty hiring processes are well-documented in the literature. Yet, significant barriers to the hiring of racially minoritized and White women in many STEM fields remain. Guided by theory from behavioral economics, social psychology, and decision-making, we examine the inner workings of five faculty search committees to understand how committee members identified and assessed risk with particular attention to assessments of risk that became intermingled with social biases.
- Stout et al. (2022): This report reviews literature and studies on the faculty pipeline. Evidence shows that having diverse professors and teachers positively affects academic success for students of color and other underrepresented backgrounds. Currently, higher education institutions are increasing faculty from underrepresented backgrounds at a rate of just 0.23 percentage points a year.
- Paul and Maranto (2022): This study audits a sample of academic job postings during September-October 2020, finding that nearly twenty percent require DEI statements. Findings show that selective universities are significantly more likely to require DEI statements than non-selective universities, while academic disciplines (i.e. social sciences, STEM) are not significant predictors of DEI statements.
- Goodman et al. (2022): This study is a follow-up to a study in 2020 that reviewed changes in the racial and ethnic composition of public health students, graduates, and faculty among Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)–member institutions. This current study evaluates how the racial and ethnic composition among biostatistics and epidemiology students, graduates, and faculty changed from 2010 to 2020.
- Byrd and Mason (2021): In a chapter on postdoctoral and faculty programs in the book, Academic Pipeline Programs: Diversifying Pathways from the Bachelor’s to the Professoriate, the authors review initiatives and resources that reinforce the success of those who have earned a doctorate, including mentorship, navigating academic procedures and cultures, strengthening networks, and building persistence and resilience. Overall, the authors highlight practices to becoming a proficient faculty mentor and assisting doctorates on aspects of the tenure-track journey.
- Guillaume (2021): From a qualitative phenomenological study of faculty of color, the article presents findings on emotional and social intelligence through the promotion and tenure process. The themes of “Sense of Belonging Through Community”, “Understanding Self”, and “Strategic Recognition of Organizational Environment” are found to positively impact participants in their promotion journey.
- White-Lewis (2021): The study materializes the underlying mechanics of academic hiring by describing the process of departmental hiring priorities, and identifies how adjusting them can create the optimal conditions for supporting faculty diversity. The findings reveal the primary determinants of departmental hiring priorities bred subfield conservatism, the hesitancy to expand the department in new and different hiring directions based on resource constraint and subfield reproduction.
- Koppell et al. (2021): The paper focuses on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion across international and public policy programs to improve national security and strengthen U.S. diplomatic capacity.
- Morgan et al. (2021): The authors discuss how the U.S. professoriate is, and has remained, accessible disproportionately to the socioeconomically privileged, which is likely to deeply shape their scholarship and their reproduction. They show that faculty are up to 25 times more likely to have a parent with a PhD, this rate doubling at prestigious universities.
- Okuwobi et al. (2021): The paper investigates how Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) express and adapt to the challenges presented by diversity imperatives. Results highlight how these institutions often rely on the same mechanisms that characterize diversity within predominantly White institutions (PWIs)—commodification of difference and disconnection from issues of racial equity.
- Bell (2021): The study analyzes the diversity statements of 50 online job advertisements for Canadian academic librarian and archivist positions, as diversity statements are often perceived as somewhat superficial “boilerplate” or basic statements created to comply with employment equity requirements, especially in job advertisements. Findings suggest most Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions in Canada have expanded diversity management statements.
- Orupabo and Mangset (2021): The authors advance the literature on shaping the demographic composition of a department through recruitment by conducting an in-depth study of how the criteria for assessing quality are applied in practice in the recruitment process. With an in-depth study of cases for permanent academic positions in Norway and qualitative interviews with the recruiters involved, the authors stress the need to grasp how evaluation is embedded in the organizational process of recruitment.
- Huff (2021): In the article, the University of Michigan’s chief diversity officer, describes his institution’s implementation of a 5-year diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic plan as an effort to build pathways for more diverse faculty, with a particular focus on elevating and making BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) scholarship and voices integral to the public university.
- Arjani et al. (2021): Addressing the delivery of culturally competent care, the paper suggests that one way to address a diverse patient population’s needs is to first address the lack of diversity and cultural awareness within the hospital staff and systems serving them. A particular gap to address is the diversity in faculty recruitment. To build a diverse faculty, the faculty search committee must be diverse as well, in order to be better equipped to meet these goals. Not only this, the paper explores the importance of minimizing bias prior to and in the construction of a diverse faculty search committee.
- Kim and Moser (2021): They examine how children affect scientific output, promotions, and gender inequality in science. They find that mothers who are academics’ productivity peaks in their early 40s, relatively long after other scientists’ have started to decline. Differences in the timing of productivity have important implications for tenure – as 27% of mothers who are academics’ achieve tenure, compared with 48% of fathers and 46% of other women. As such, mothers who survive in science are extremely positively selected.
- Card et al. (2019) : The authors study the role of gender in the evaluation of economic research using submissions to four leading journals. The results show that referee gender has no effect on the relative assessment of female vs. male authored papers, suggesting that any differential biases of male referees are negligible. Moreover, they find that female authored papers receive about 25% more citations than observably similar male authored papers.
- Jones et al. (2019): The authors discuss University of New Hampshire’s program to increase the number, retention, and success of women faculty in STEM disciplines. This project is aimed to serve as a model for other institutions who identify comparable challenges in hiring, promoting, and, in general, advancing women STEM faculty.
- Lundberg and Stearns (2019): They generally discuss women’s representation among economics students and faculty from the 1970s onward, asserting that women’s stalled progress in economics is the result of discrimination and biased assessment. This demands continued action to remove these barriers, on the basis of simple fairness and to benefit from creating an environment wherein equal work yields equal rewards.
- Taylor et al. (2019): Looking at schools of public affairs, in which many economists are hired who are disproportionately female and salaries are lower than those in mainline departments in economics, Taylor and coauthors find substantial pay differences based on departmental affiliations, significant differences in citation records between male and female faculty in schools of public affairs, and no evidence that the public affairs discount could be explained by compositional differences with respect to gender, experience or scholarly citations.
- Antecol et al. (2018): Examining the benefits of tenure clock stopping policies, Antecol and coauthors find that their adoption substantially reduced female tenure rates while substantially increasing male tenure rates, but do not reduce the probability that either men or women eventually earn tenure in their academic professions.
- Mengel et al. (2018): The authors provide new evidence of gender bias in teaching evaluations. Examining a dataset of almost 20,000 student evaluations, they find that neither students’ grades nor self-study hours are affected by the instructor’s gender, and women receive systematically lower teaching evaluations than their male colleagues.
- Conley et al. (2016): Using publication data of 9,368 economics PhD graduates between 1987 and 1996, Conley and coauthors compare research productivities of male and female graduates and how these correlate with macroeconomic conditions. They find that the availability of academic jobs is positively correlated with research productivity for both male and female graduates. Furthermore, unfavorable employment conditions prior to starting graduate education are negatively correlated with female graduates’ research productivity and positively correlated with male graduates’ research productivity.
- Cawley et al. (2015): The authors presents summary statistics of health economist earnings. Their results show that the academic salaries of health economists have risen since 2015, there is no statistically significant evidence of disparities in academic salaries between men and women, or between whites and nonwhites, and there is a salary premium associated with earning a PhD at one of the top economics departments.
- Takashi and Takashi (2015): The authors study gender promotion differences in economics departments Japan, and find that the length of time from initial appointment to associate professor is greater for women than men, from associate to full professor, childless women are promoted faster than childless men, and this “reverse gender promotion gap” disappears for married academics.
- Bagues et al. (2014): With evidence from Italy, Bagues and coauthors analyze whether the presence of women in academic committees benefits female candidates. They find that each additional female evaluator decreases the success rate of female candidates by 2%, and as such, their results cast doubts on the convenience of introducing gender quotas in academia.
- Bosquet et al. (2013): They analyze the promotion system (national contests) for French academic economists, finding a lower likelihood of women to enter the contests and lower promotion rates for women. As such, they reject the assumption that female economists underperform in these contests.
- Manchester et al. (2013): They evaluate the consequences of using stop the clock policies for the career success of tenure track faculty. They find that faculty members who stop their clock for family reasons incur a salary penalty compared to those who do not, which cannot be explained by differences in productivity. At the same time, those who use the policy have relatively higher promotion rates than those who do not.
- McPherson et al. (2013): The authors study the publication records of nearly 2000 academic economists. Their analysis show that the quality of faculty members’ publications decreases with program ranking, and the quantity of publications does not differ much among top-100 programmes. Those who are promoted to professor generate fewer top-ten and total articles, and at many programmes, female academic economists produce fewer top-ten and total journal articles than their male counterparts.
- Chen et al. (2012): The authors analyze data from the 2007-8 Ph.D. economist job market, finding gender differences in job placement in terms of job location, type, and rank. As such, relative to male candidates, female candidates are less likely to be placed into academic jobs than into the government or private sector.
- Kahn (2012): The author finds gender differences in faculty promotion and mobility at the University of New South Wales–female lecturers were less likely than men to be promoted and female associate professors were more likely to be promoted. Furthermore, maternity leave indicated a higher likelihood of staying at UNSW and being promoted.
- Manchester and Barbezat (2012): Using a sample of early career faculty members who received their Ph.D. in economics, Manchester and Barbezat identify the opportunity cost of non-research duties on research output. They also consider how research time is distributed during the academic year relative to summer months. They find that time concentration is a significant predictor of submissions and see gender differences, which are attributable to gender differences in employment and ongoing childcare responsibilities.
- Misra et al. (2011): The authors survey faculty members at a research-intensive university, finding substantial differences in compensation by gender when professors and associate professors took on major service roles.
- Takahashi and Takahashi (2011): The authors study the gender salary gap within economics departments in Japan, finding a 7% gender salary gap that is concentrated in public and research oriented universities, with no evidence of it reducing over time. They also reject the hypothesis that female academics’ choice between household work and market activities is responsible for the gender salary gap.
- Manchester et al. (2010): The authors give one of the first empirical analyses of the relationship between faculty members’ use of “stop the clock” policies and career rewards (promotion and pay). They find that stop the clock policies are not significantly related to their probability of a promotion to a tenured position, and their usage constrains pay for both male and female faculty.
Vulnerabilities Revealed in Higher Education
- Mickey, Misra, and Clark (2023): In this paper, the authors theorize the intersectional gendered impacts of COVID-19 on faculty labor, with a particular focus on how institutions of higher education in the United States evaluate faculty labor amidst the COVID-19 transition and beyond. Through a case study of university pandemic responses in the United States, they summarize key components of how colleges and universities shifted evaluations of faculty labor in response to COVID-19, including suspending teaching evaluations, implementing tenure delays, and allowing for impact statements in faculty reviews.
- Porter, Boss, and Davis (2023): The purpose of this scholarly personal narrative is to examine how COVID-19 and an increased awareness of anti-Blackness in the United States have exacerbated the labor of Black women faculty, with particular focus on teaching and service responsibilities.
- Reese et al. (2021): After identifying how the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified long-standing inequalities and structural barriers within academia, the authors suggest a series of policy changes and institutional investments to support the needs of women scientists. The authors stress persistence and multi-pronged approaches to restructure academic science, to thus support and retain women in science.
- Beeman (2021): Using auto-ethnographical analysis, the author addresses the inadequacy of such liberal initiatives, as statements in support of the Movement for Black Lives, to effectively challenge racial barriers to the promotion and retention of faculty of color, especially women of color. Further, the author argues that such initiatives could present further challenges for women of color, who are only included superficially and in ways that create more invisible, unrecognized labor. As such, the author proposes that the language of DEI efforts must more centrally name racism at the same time as it addresses intersectionality.
- Kim (2021): The paper examines the effects of the Great Recession on faculty hiring. The paper finds that public institutions and research-oriented institutions, which faced the greatest resource challenges and uncertainty about the future, made the biggest cuts in the hiring of people of color. The authors then suggest that financial uncertainty led to a reversal in progress on faculty diversity, and that faculty and administrators making hiring decisions in the years following the COVID-19 crisis should be aware of this pattern.
- Furstenberg (2020): The past few months have revealed that college and universities had been dangerously ill-equipped to confront the pandemic’s challenges. François Furstenberg of John Hopkins credits the acute vulnerabilities of his university, such as freezing employee retirement contributions to alleviate its solvency crisis, to its senior leadership and executives. He observes that large research universities in particular “function like multinational corporations,” and while scholars at Johns Hopkins have been prepared for public health emergencies for nearly 20 years, these plans did not anticipate the added impact of the university’s lack of financial preparedness.
- Johnson, Veletsianos, and Seaman (2020): The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly upended modern life and tested the infrastructure of higher education globally, turning back the clock on years of faculty diversity goals and pushing professors and administrators to their productive limits. The Chronicle of Higher Education (2020), (2020) compiles a series of more responses from college staff members, professors, and administrators on how they think the pandemic will change the way higher education works. A study by Johnson, Veletsianos, and Seaman also surveys faculty and administrators from 672 U.S. institutions, in which they identify a need for assistance related to student support, greater access to online digital materials, and guidance for working from home to ensure sustainability of remote teaching. Overall, while the weaknesses of higher education are becoming increasingly exposed, they highlight the potential for positive change to recreate more resilient and stable institutions for the future.
- Kezar (2020): Adrianna Kezar of USCcalls the current economic state of higher education a “gig academy,” anticipating trends of increased adjunctification, increased entrepreneurship to support salaries, cuts that offload expenses to employees, and automation and technology to deliver the academic experience. She warns that these trends will lead to the lowering of faculty and staff morale, a decline in academic freedom and shared governance, reduced student success and learning, and the destruction of the campus community.
- Kirschenbaum (2020): Challenges are experienced by educational institutions worldwide, but the failure of some American colleges and universities to adjust demonstrates an extension of failures from accumulated roadblocks in sustaining higher education in the U.S. and a lack of public health guidance from government officials. Matthew Kirschenbaum of University of Maryland at College Park charges federal leadership with higher education’s failed state – acting increasingly like businesses and risking lives for the sake of the consumer. Kirschenbaum recognizes the substantial responsibility placed on faculty members to uphold the quality of their institutions, while the institutions’ issues reflect a governmental and societal failure.
- Kramnick (2020): Along the same line, Jonathan Kramnick of Yale warns that the job market for humanities Ph.D.s has shifted from a crisis to a catastrophe, imploring faculty to lobby their institutions to hire junior faculty into tenure-track lines, commit to hiring those who haven’t yet found tenure-track positions, lobby administrations to find teaching for students and major granting agencies to create postdocs, consider how to best reduce graduate-program sizes, and design strategies for off-ramping.
- Perry (2020): Another major concern from Andre Perry of Davenport University is a “major exodus of experienced teachers” after the pandemic, recalling this phenomenon occurring after Hurricane Katrina.
- Besser, Lotem, and Zeigler-Hill (2020): In Israeli colleges, a study finds professors experiencing higher levels of psychological stress associated with elevated levels of vocal symptoms due to the transition to online synchronous teaching.
- Bhagat and Kim (2020): Bhagat and Kim in the Information Systems Management Journal observe ways the pandemic has affected higher education on a global scale, offering brief guidelines on how it can adapt to the disruptions.
- Das, Bhuyan, and Sultana (2020): Similarly, a survey in India among primary, secondary, and tertiary teachers, students, and parents finds most respondents supporting the adoption of a blending mode of online learning post-pandemic, despite poor internet connectivity, overburdening, and stressful experiences that have exacerbated their educational process.
- El Masri and Sabzalieva (2020): In Canada, El Masri and Sabzalieva identify a lack of higher education support from the Ontario government during the initial months of the pandemic, which was uncoordinated and largely dispersed with a primary focus on research initiatives, and latterly, student support.
- Marginson (2020): Simon Marginson of University of Oxford pinpoints high individualization and low social responsibility in the U.K. and U.S. as factors of the pandemic that undermine academic institutions in their marketized systems, all at the expense of risking the health of students and staff.
- Moralista and Oducado (2020): A survey conducted among faculty in a State College in the Philippines finds that while the faculty in aggregate were undecided if they are in favor of online education, older faculty tended to be more in favor of it.
- Pham and Ho (2020): Researchers in Vietnam appreciate the merits of e-learning and advocate for its adoption in a post-pandemic environment.
- Yang (2020): Though China has been particularly associated with the pandemic as the likely origin of the virus, Rui Yang of the University of Hong Kong highlights Chinese universities’ swift and effective response to disruptions as an example for the international community to learn from.
- Zeeshan, Chaudhry, and Khan (2020): A study on Pakistani universities highlights the importance of reducing techno-stress for faculty, citing a need to identify strategies that protect their emotional and mental wellbeing
- Czerniewicz et al. (2020): While hiring freezes and university process slowdowns can offer hiring committees and academics a break from their competitive and often toxic work environments, it is crucial to continue rejecting the normalization of cheaper and more efficient higher education options at the expense of vulnerable and underrepresented faculty and administrators. Collective reflections from South African academics and higher education scholars in Postdigital Science and Education consider forms of inequality – vital, resource, and existential – forced into urgent consideration by the pandemic.
Pandemic Impact on Career Development and Research Productivity of University Faculty and Academic Researchers
- Jemielniak et al. (2022): The authors investigate how women scholars have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They find no significant differences between men and women in publication patterns between 2021, 2020, and 2019 overall. However, they do find significant differences in publication patterns between gender in different disciplines, and more insights on single- and co-authored article gender disparities.
- Andrade et al. (2022): A group of San Diego IRACDA postdoctoral scholars reflect on how the pandemic crisis threatens efforts to improve faculty diversity and discuss recommendations to enhance the retention of UR scientists to avoid a “lost generation” of promising UR faculty scholars.
- Skiles et al. (2022): The paper analyzes the recent impact of transforming in-person conferences into virtual conferences on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in science and engineering conferences. The authors find that virtual conferences demonstrate discernable and, in some cases, orders of magnitude improvement across nearly all metrics (cost, gender, career stage, and geographic location).
- Wu et al. (2022): The authors discuss how virtual meetings promise to eliminate geographical and administrative barriers and increase accessibility, diversity and inclusivity, and relay guidance to conference organizers. The paper finds that virtual platforms enable increased participation, diversity and inclusion, and virtual platforms reduce engagement in social media interactions.
- Biermann (2022): The paper analyzes the consequences of the change in the presentation mode of economics seminars triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Notable findings include that the share of seminars held by women increased, and that geography of knowledge dis-semination shifted significantly as the distance between host and speaker institutions increased on average by 32 percent. As such, the results suggest that virtual presentations instead of traveling can decrease gender-specific in-equality and increase inequality by productivity in the profession.
- Higginbotham and Dahlberg (2021): The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine present a consensus study report of how the COVID-10 pandemic disrupted the careers of women in academic STEMM, and how this might shape future progress for women. Evidence available at the end of 2020 suggests that these disruptions endangered the engagement, experience, and retention of women in academic STEMM, rolling back some achievement gains made by women in the academy to date.
- Skinner et al. (2021): Employing a survey for faculty of a large urban university system, the authors examine the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and caregiver academics. The issue brief outlines disparities in women and caregiver academics’ time and ability toward performing research-related activities, and highlights opportunities for institutions to implement changes that address the barriers to success for this demographic.
- Griggs and Thouin (2021): The paper focuses on how a university president looks to reassure faculty and students by cultivating an online culture that values diversity and inclusion.
- Amano-Patiño (2020), Sugimoto et al. (2019): Finally, Sugimoto and coauthors warn that an unbalanced composition of the scientific workforce to the populations studied may alter the emphasis on aspects of the virus in the research. Noriko Amano-Patiño, an economist at the University of Cambridge also found that while women have consistently authored about 20% of working papers since 2015, they make up only 12% of the authors of new COVID-19 related research. Seeing that more senior economists are studying this, Amano-Patiño suspects that early- and mid-career researchers, especially women, could be risk-averse and less likely to enter a new field of research.
- Andersen et al. (2020), Sugimoto et al. (2020): Expanding from Frederickson’s research, Cassidy Sugimoto, an information scientist at Indiana University Bloomington additionally analyzes registered reports that indicate the initiation of new research projects. Her team of researchers observes lower rates of submissions from women for March to April 2020, compared with both January and February 2020, as well as the same months of 2019, especially in EarthArXiv, medRxiv, SocArXiv, and NBER. Their temporal examination also shows a large dip in female authorship of COVID-19 research (medRxiv) during March to April 2020 and female first authors contributing less to COVID-19 studies than research in other areas, despite its intensified need for fast-paced dissemination. Moreover, their data shows that women in first-author positions appear to have experienced a larger reduction than their last-author counterpart. This suggests that early career researchers are disproportionately affected by the effects of the pandemic, which could have negative consequences for their career development.
- Cui, Ding, and Zhu (2020): Similarly, a working paper by Cui, Ding, and Zhu on the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on social science researchers, finds in their data of SSRN that while total research productivity increased by 35% 10 weeks after the lockdown in the U.S., female researchers’ productivity dropped by 13.9% relative to that of male researchers. Furthermore, their data shows the productivity gap more pronounced for academics in top-ranked universities; in Criminal, Economics, Finance, Political Science, and Sustainability disciplines; and in Japan, China, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
- Frederickson (2020): Frederickson, an ecologist at the University of Toronto Canada quantifies this hypothesis by observing arXiv and bioRxiv (physical-sciences and life sciences) preprint repositories during April 2020 compared to 2019, finding women’s publishing rate falling relative to men’s.
- Jones et al. (2020): The article in the Pepperdine Law Review, argues that colleges and universities have substantial legal obligations in allowing faculty to opt for online, rather than in-person teaching during the pandemic.
- King (2020): The author, a sociologist at Santa Clara University in California, observes that because female faculty on average shoulder more teaching responsibilities, the sudden shift to online teaching disproportionately affects them. She also adds that non-research university commitments, such as hiring and curriculum committees, are dominated by senior faculty members (most of whom are men), granting them more time to write while women experience the opposite.
- Levitt et al. (2020): KFF analysis of the 2018 National Health Interview Survey shows nearly 1.5M teachers, or one in four, at greater risk of serious illness if affected with COVID.
- Malisch et al. (2020): A group of 17 scholars in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences warn that during times of stress such as the pandemic, biased decision-making processes threaten to deprioritize equity initiatives and disrupt professional development for women and ethnic minority professors. The authors focus on the widening equity gap in research for women due to changes in faculty productivity. Addressing this, they caution against the popular pandemic accommodation of tenure-clock stoppages, arguing that they can decrease the long term earning potential for scholars, put them out of sync with time-restricted funding mechanisms, and delay the power that comes with tenure that could allow them to apply to large research center grants.
- Minello (2020): Minello, a social demographer and mother of a toddler, observes that as certain faculty and researchers are facing a reorganization of family care and work time, their changes in productivity will have long-term effects on their academic careers. Noting how the pandemic experience is changing research – in new mechanisms of accelerated peer review, the increased quantity and speed of available data, and the distribution of funding across sectors – Minello stresses the need to avoid exacerbating gender inequality under the assumption that in heterosexual couples, women do most of the care and household work.
- Nash and Churchill (2020): A gendered analysis of 41 Australian universities’ responses to managing remote working and caring responsibilities finds that the Australian higher education sector has evaded their responsibility to ensure women academics’ full participation in the labor force, considering decisions made about caring leave as private matters, in which employees should design their own solutions.
- Rogel-Salazar (2020): In addition to increased childcare responsibility, Rosario Rogel-Salazar, a sociologist at the Autonomous University of Mexico State in Toluca, says that women are more likely to take care of ailing relatives.
- Woolston (2020): The article in Nature outlines how the pandemic poses disproportional existential threats to the careers of underrepresented researchers, including women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, and those who are financially disadvantaged. The article notes concerns over junior scientists, the under-prioritization of diversity in hiring and promotion, the loss of funding and interruption of job searches for STEM researchers, and international researchers’ difficulty in finishing their research after returning to their home countries.
- Woolston (2020): Another article in Nature discusses a survey that reveals an increase in graduate students’ mental-health struggles – signs of depression and anxiety – during the pandemic and offers recommendations on how to support them.
- Schiebinger, Henderson, and Gilmartin (2008): Their results are consistent with literature on the division of childcare between men and women – that male academics are more likely to have a partner who does not work outside of home, while their female colleagues are more likely to have a partner who is also an academic.
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