Gender in the Social Science Professions | Four Views on Diversity and Progress in the Social Sciences

On February 21 2019, a full house packed the ISSR lab to explore research on how gender affects the conduct of research and professional life more broadly for social scientists. This article summarizes the discussion highlights, and shares valuable resources for those interested in the topic. This seminar was the second in our Social Science and Social Location series which focuses on the ‘positionality’ of researchers, asking how our social location informs the way in which we go about our scholarly lives, the questions we ask, the approaches we take to inquiry, and the way that we conduct our scholarship more broadly.

NEW DATE Seminar | Can Law Mitigate the Motherhood / Leave Taker Penalty? | KT Albiston (University of California Berkeley | Sociology and Law)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
919 Thompson | UMass Amherst
Dr. Catherine (KT) Albiston (University of California, Berkeley) argues that family leave laws communicate a social consensus that penalizing caregiving is morally wrong, and that this expressive effect of law can mitigate negative outcomes for mothers and leave takers. The results of an experimental study provide evidence that even weakly enforced family leave laws may reduce gender inequality through these expressive effects. This seminar is co-sponsored by the ISSR Scholars Program and the Department of Sociology at UMass Amherst.

Seminar | A Framework for Strategic Recruitment of African American Men into the Teaching Professions | Chance W. Lewis (U. of North Carolina Charlotte)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
101 Furcolo Hall | UMass Amherst
Alarmingly, African American male teachers constitute only 1% of the K-12 teaching force and approximately 2% of those enrolled in the 1,300 teacher preparation programs across the United States. Dr. Chance Lewis (U. of North Carolina Charlotte) provides a new framework to recruit African American males into teacher education programs in a similar fashion as they are recruited to play major collegiate sports.

Social Science & Social Location Series | Gender in the Social Science Professions: How Is It Informing Scholarship?

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
E20 Machmer Hall | UMass Amherst
Social institutions such as gender are widely recognized within the social sciences to affect the operation of the world we study. Yet they also affect how we conduct our work as scholars, from how research is conducted to how networks of collaboration and esteem function within the profession, and many other aspects of our lives as scholars. This panel examines new research on how gender operates within the social science professions, features perspectives from a variety of different disciplines, and explores what might be done to address differences and inequities among social scientists.

Workshop Series | "I'm a PI, Now What?"

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9:00am to 10:30am
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This workshop series will assist faculty principal investigators in getting all the administrative work completed on a grant while staying focused on the research. Developed by senior grant-funded faculty, this series covers topics such as overall PI responsibilities, working with subcontractors, hiring and supervising staff, monitoring budgets, reporting strategies, and thinking about applying for the next grant.

One Year On | Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity and the Future of Work

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Life Sciences Laboratory N330 | UMass Amherst
One year after a series of NSF-funded consultations on Understanding Emerging Technologies, Racial Equity and the Future of Work, we invite you to the launch of the grant's report and a discussion of future directions in this important field of inquiry. Please join the project PIs for a brief presentation of the key themes and lessons.

Methodology Resource | Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group

Do you want to deepen your understanding of the statistics behind the methods you use in your research?  So do we! We invite to join our Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group (SSSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students who gather to discuss a methodological topic based on group interest. We welcome participants from all disciplines!