Monday, April 20, 2015

Tenure, Not Hiring, Is Chief Bottleneck to STEM Faculty Diversification

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 17th, 2015

The researchers examined the career trajectories of people with doctorates in the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — and related fields to try to determine why women and black or Hispanic people remain especially underrepresented in college faculty positions in those areas. The analysis used recent data from the Survey of Doctorate Recipients, a long-term National Science Foundation study that collects information on doctoral recipients in the STEM fields, social sciences, psychology, and economics over the course of their lives.
The researchers looked at about 31,300 doctoral recipients surveyed from 1993 to 2010, examining both their likelihood of obtaining tenure-track positions and their likelihood of obtaining tenure. The researchers were scheduled to present their findings on Friday at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference, in Chicago.

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