Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried

June 21, 2013 at 1:10 am 1 comment

Fascinating study  — not surprising, but worthwhile noting.  This work was done in Chemistry, so it bears replication in other STEM disciplines.  Some on the SIGCSE-Members list were wondering, “Is this just for research-oriented universities?  Or for teaching-oriented universities, too?”  In our work interviewing faculty as part of our work in GaComputes and DCCE, we heard surprisingly similar concerns at both kinds of institutions.  The faculty at schools with a teaching mission told us that their tenure was based on research publications, and they felt similar levels of stress.

Young women scientists leave academia in far greater numbers than men for three reasons. During their time as PhD candidates, large numbers of women conclude that (i) the characteristics of academic careers are unappealing, (ii) the impediments they will encounter are disproportionate, and (iii) the sacrifices they will have to make are great.

via Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional.

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  • 1. CSProfMom  |  June 21, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Teaching institutions have ramped up their research expectations so that even at schools with 4/4 teaching loads, significant publication and even grant activity is now required. Add that on top of often very needy students, high service expectations, and a lack of support structure (often no TA’s or departmental IT support), and yes, it can be very stressful. One of my fellow faculty members, who is in chemistry, once made the comment that she is expected to do quality research and best practice teaching, but at the end of the day, she is also the one who washes out all the lab beakers.


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