Monday, April 20, 2015

Which Groups Are Favored?

Inside Higher Ed
April 20th, 2015


Last week a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences stunned many with its conclusion that women are more likely than men to be hired for faculty positions in science, mathematics and technology. To many who are familiar with the widespread reports of bias against women in STEM, the findings just didn't make sense.
This weekend another study was released at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association -- and this new study also found that men (and specifically white men) do not have the advantage that many assume they do in being hired in STEM fields. Women and black and Latino researchers instead have an advantage, the study found. It also found an apparent disadvantage for Asian researchers starting their careers.
The research suggests mixed patterns for those who are not white men when it comes to winning tenure. And women with a young child (a demographic group that includes many women) appear to be at a disadvantage in hiring and tenure.

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