STEM DIVERSITY MONTHLY FORUM
The STEM Diversity Forum brings together women in STEM fields and social science researchers with expertise in the obstacles women and minorities encounter in STEM fields. We have found these ‘grass roots’ sessions to be a good way to generate policies and best practices beneficial to STEM women faculty and women faculty in general.
This spring, as you may already know, our sessions will work toward the identification of what needs to change to increase the retention of women and minority faculty. Kick starting the semester will be an discussion focused on helping faculty with children succeed including a discussion of the development of an AWIS Chapter at UMass Amherst (American Women in Science) promoting family friendly policies, and a discussion of the creation of a venue that includes both a writing space and child care space where faculty with young children could come to write on a Saturday or on days when local schools are closed.
We will meet on the following dates this semester: January 30th, February 27 (postponed), March 13, and April 17. All meetings will take place in the Life Sciences Laboratory Building in Room 210.
January 30th--LSL 210; 5:15-6:30
In addition to a review of the data on retention, concerns were raised about the issue of gender bias in teaching evaluations, and how to eliminate it where and when it exists. Gender bias in teaching evaluations are taking on additional importance as team teaching gains in popularity as a teaching methodology and in the face of the reward structure for teaching.
February 27th -- LSL 210; 5:15-6:30 -- CANCELLED
March 13th -- LSL 210; 5:15-6:30
March 28, 2013 -- ISB 145; 5:15-6:30
More than a dozen members of faculty from STEM fields were joined by faculty from the social and behavioral sciences and campus administrators for the first STEM Diversity Forum on March 28, 2013. This monthly meeting is organized by the STEM Diversity Institute to identify best practices for increasing diversity in STEM fields at UMass.
Dr. Sandra Petersen (VASCI) presented data that provided both the number and rank of women faculty in STEM fields at UMass. The ensuing discussion focused on time to advancement from the rank of associate to the rank of full professor.
May 1, 2013 -- ISB 145; 5:00-6:30
What are the best practices guiding time-to-promotion for women and minority faculty in STEM advancing from the rank of associate to the rank of full professor? The SDI will present best practices governing advancement of women faculty in STEM fields at this session. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to join us. For questions, please contact Jennifer MacDonald (jmacdonald at umass.edu).
June 19, 2013 -- 3:00-4:30
The SDI has consolidated all of the comments, concerns, and ideas generated at the last meeting to produce a model for advancing from the rank of associate professor to the rank of full professor. It is our intention that is will serve as the basis for discussion at this next meeting/session. Anyone with an interest in the topic is welcome to join us. For questins, please contact Jennifer MacDonald (jmacdonald at umass.edu)