Cornelia Dean at the New York Times reports on a new report by National Research Council on the status of women faculty in STEM fields. I haven’t read it yet (just ordered a copy), but Dean reports one particular item of note, “The panel said one factor outshined all others in encouraging women to apply for jobs: having women on the committees appointed to fill them.”
Hark at this, faculty search committees. And please figure out ways to value women faculty members’ time on search committees, because everyone will ask the few women there are to serve on all the search committees, which can end up being a being a burden for those few women. It’s even worse for women of color because they get asked to be “the woman” and “the minority” on all the committees — twice as much, maybe.
So, hey, cut them some slack somewhere else in their service roster, why don’t you? Kaithxbai.
Read the full NAP report here. You can also preorder a hardcopy for ~$50, or pay for the pdf.