Faculty Survey | NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant

On our campus, diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our mission, our values, and our success. This fall, we were awarded a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant to develop systemic and sustainable approaches to advance gender equity (including dynamics at the intersection of race and gender) and promote gender equity in ways that involve women and men. We will separately fund the extension of grant activities to school/colleges outside of the core NSF-funded disciplines to ensure that all faculty can benefit. In order to inform our efforts, we need to hear from you. On Thursday, December 6 you will receive an email invitation to complete the ADVANCE Faculty Survey.

Are We Connecting Online? Paul DiMaggio Presents a Theory-Driven Approach to Understanding Sustained Interaction in Online Forums

How do longstanding theories of social interaction hold up when communication shifts from in-person to online interaction? And how can novel research methods, applied by collaborative teams of social scientists and computer scientists to new forms of online data, help us re-imagine the mechanisms driving social life?

No Coincidence: the Coterminous Rise of Right-Wing Populism and Superfluous Populations

On 17 October, David Snow, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine engaged a packed house at the ISSR lab. Snow lectured on the relationship between right-wing populism and the construction of superfluous populations, drawing from his recent chapter on the topic in Mackert et al’s edited volume Populism and the Crisis of Democracy (Routledge, 2018).

Center for Employment Equity | New Evidence on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

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The Center for Emplyment Equity at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (CEE) has released its second report on employment diversity/discrimination: Evidence from the Frontlines on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination. This report by M.V. Lee Badgett (Economics | UMass), Amanda Baumle (Sociology | U. of Houston) and Steven Boutcher (CEE | UMass)  analyzes data on the 9,121 charges of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) discrimination that were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or with a state or local fair employment practices agency (FEPA) between 2013 and 2016. 

Position Announcement | Seeking UMass ADVANCE Research Assistant for Fall 2018

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Research Assistant sought for fall semester 2018 for a qualitative research project that is part of a University-wide Institutional Transformation (IT) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE program. The purpose of NSF ADVANCE is to increase the participation and advancement of women faculty in science and engineering. The RA will work under the supervision of Professor Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research and Managing co-PI for the ADVANCE grant.

ADVANCE Grant | ISSR coordinates historic award, largest social-science-led interdisciplinary grant in UMass history

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a coveted ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to support the development of an innovative professional advancement model for underrepresented faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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