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NSF award for the project, “Divergent Trajectories: A longitudinal study of organizational and departmental factors leading to gender and race differences in STEM faculty advancement, pay, and persistence.”

The Center for the Research of Gender in the Professions (CRGP) PI Professor Mary Blair-Loy  and Co-PIs Jeanne Ferrante (UCSD Faculty Equity AVC and Associate Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering) and Erin Cech (Stanford University) have received a five-year NSF award for the project, “Divergent Trajectories: A longitudinal study of organizational and departmental factors leading to gender and race differences in STEM faculty advancement, pay, and persistence.” This is the first major grant housed at the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions.

This is a five-year, multi-method, longitudinal study of the factors, characterizing individual faculty or located within their departments and disciplines, which can lead to differential treatment of women, racial/ethnic minority, and LGB faculty.  These factors can accumulate over time into larger disadvantages in career outcomes such as productivity, pay, advancement, and job satisfaction.   The research will shed light on how processes of accumulated advantage and disadvantage actually unfold and how departmental and disciplinary cultures, networks, and demography affect these processes.

The process of writing this grant was a UCSD community effort.  Prof. Mary Blair-Loy, Erin Cech (then a Sociology grad student), and Jeanne Ferrante wrote the proposal, drawing on previous research assistance from Sociology grad student Jon Shafran.  They received intelligence from STEM faculty on the challenges they face. They received expert advice on methods from Dept. of Sociology Professor, Akos Rona-Tas and former Sociology faculty, Maria Charles.  Dept. of Sociology Professor David Fitzgerald strategized on budgets.  Tanya Pohlson, Sociology fiscal manager, handled the budget creation, revision, and multiple re-revisions.  An early draft of the proposal was candidly and thoroughly edited by Sociology grad student, Kate Wood, which improved its clarity.

Now the project is going forward thanks to more UCSD talent, including Sociology grad students, Erica Bender and Melissann Herron as research assistants, Prof. Akos Rona-Tas as internal evaluator, Prof. Bob Bitmead (Engineering and former AVC Academic Personnel) leading the study of academic productivity.  Other important members of the research team include  Mandy Bratton (Jacobs School), Angela Song (Business Affairs), and the UCSD Directors of the LGBT Resource Center, Shaun Travers, the Cross-Cultural Center, Edwina Welch, and the Women’s Center, Marnie Brokolo.   Internal Advisory Committee of STEM faculty and senior administrators: Robert Continetti (Chemistry),  Lisa Levin (SIO),  Gabriele Wienhausen (Biology), and Kim Barrett (Dean of Graduate Studies) will provide counsel and critique.  They also have a high-caliber team of social scientists as external advisors – Shelley Correll (Stanford), Amy Wharton (Washington State), and Maria Charles (UCSB).

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