Studies show that women’s representation and advancement in academic STEM positions are affected by external factors that are unrelated to their ability, interest, and technical skills, such as:
- Organizational constraints of academic institutions;
- Differential effects of work and family demands;
- Implicit and explicit bias; and
- Underrepresentation of women in academic leadership and decision making positions.
The Office of Institutional Research tracks demographics that describe student and faculty populations at UMaine, and continues to provide information in support of Rising Tide research. This data, which reflected the inequities at the heart of UMaine’s NSF ADVANCE proposal, includes numbers of tenured and tenure-eligible faculty by gender and rank, promotion and tenure review outcomes, years in rank as associate professor, and retention statistics.
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UMaine faculty have also used this data in analyzing the impact of Rising Tide initiatives and to expand the knowledge and literature base relative to women faculty in STEM/SBS, and other academic disciplines. Rising Tide initiatives have connected researchers in higher education, psychology, sociology, business, and women’s studies to create a multi-faceted understanding of the contexts and cultures that facilitate or impede the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty at UMaine.
Check out Rising Tide research findings.
View this comprehensive list of ADVANCE related research at UMaine.
Other Relevant Studies:
Findings from Rising Tide research by Amy Blackstone and Susan Gardner are featured in this 2014 book.