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New study tests three-step intervention to increase faculty gender diversity in STEM

Date:
December 21, 2015
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Oxford University Press USA
Summary:
Workforce homogeneity limits creativity, discovery, and job satisfaction; nonetheless, eighty-one percent of US science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) university faculty members are men. The relative dearth of women in the field is a long-recognized problem -- but it's one that may be on its way to a solution.
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Workforce homogeneity limits creativity, discovery, and job satisfaction; nonetheless, eighty-one percent of US science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) university faculty members are men.

The relative dearth of women in the field is a long-recognized problem--but it's one that may be on its way to a solution.

Using a three-step intervention derived from self-determination theory, an interdisciplinary team from Montana State University demonstrated a low-cost way to improve gender diversity in STEM-faculty hiring.

The results were impressive, with search committees in the intervention group 6.3 times more likely to make an offer to a woman candidate. Although the focus was on increasing women faculty within STEM, the intervention can be adapted to other scientific and academic communities to advance diversity along any dimension.


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  1. Jessi L. Smith, Ian M. Handley, Alexander V. Zale, Sara Rushing, Martha A. Potvin. Now Hiring! Empirically Testing a Three-Step Intervention to Increase Faculty Gender Diversity in STEM: Figure 1.. BioScience, 2015; 65 (11): 1084 DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biv138

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