Advancing and retaining underrepresented faculty in STEM: a program for value-driven career success

Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Stacie Furst-Holloway, Rachel Kallen, Farrah Jacquez

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    Despite significant investments in efforts to broaden participation, the number of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields who leave the academy is disheartening. Some reports suggest half of women STEM faculty will leave tenure track positions within 10 years after hire (Kaminski & Geisler, 2012). For women of color, the data are equally bleak (Ginther & Kahn, 2012) and affirm the need for continuously evolving practices and policies to retain underrepresented faculty in STEM and ensure career satisfaction and success. Unfortunately, current programs for career development and mentoring largely promote rigid conformity to traditional performance expectations, which enable the persistence of narrow departmental norms regarding markers of success. By drawing on person–environment (PE) fit theory, and combining data from our own institution with evidence-based practices from others, the authors have created a faculty development program designed to upend this practice. The objective of this program is to help faculty advance their careers in the academy while staying true to what they value, while simultaneously helping departments reflect on how they can create more inclusive and supportive environments for all faculty. The authors describe the program in detail and provide initial assessments of impact on faculty participants as well as departmental and institutional practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationContexts for diversity and gender identities in higher education
    Subtitle of host publicationinternational perspectives on equity and inclusion
    EditorsJaimie Hoffman, Patrick Blessinger, Mandla Makhanya
    Place of PublicationBingley, U.K.
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781787560567
    ISBN (Print)9781787560574
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameInnovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning
    PublisherEmerald Publishing
    ISSN (Print)2055-3641


    • career development
    • faculty of color
    • promotion and retention
    • STEM
    • tenure
    • underrepresented minority faculty
    • women


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