COVID-19 and Faculty Equity

This reference list contains studies about the impact of the pandemic on faculty workload and productivity and reports and research on institutional interventions to address equity. It also includes some selected references about the impact of stress, burnout, and workload inequity on important faculty outcomes such as productivity and advancement. This document will be update as new research emerges.

Tenure and Promotion Outcomes at Four Large Land Grant Universities: Examining the Role of Gender, Race, and Academic Discipline

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Inclusion and diversity are highly visible priorities at many colleges and universities. Efforts to diversify the professoriate have necessitated a better understanding of career outcomes for current female faculty and faculty of color. We measure risk of leaving without tenure and years to promotion from associate to full professor at four large land grant universities. We model career outcomes as competing risks, and compute cumulative incidence functions to discern differences in tenure and promotion outcomes by gender and race.

Gender Equity Considerations for Tenure and Promotion during COVID‐19

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Rising care demands created by COVID‐19—specifically those brought on by remote working, a lack of childcare, and the virus’ particular risk to aging populations—are disproportionately incurred by women and impede their ability to work. The starkness of gender differences in productivity and its visibility during this time provokes a rethinking of how faculty will be evaluated for tenure and promotion during the pandemic and beyond it.

Faculty equity and COVID-19: The problem, the evidence, and recommendations

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The University of Michigan ADVANCE Program developed this brief which summarizes policies, practices, and strategies for enhancing equity in institutional responses to COVID-19.

Documenting COVID-19 Impacts: Best Practices

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This brief from UMASS Amherst ADVANCE outlines different kinds of faculty activities that have been impacted by the pandemic and can be documented in various evaluative settings (e.g., faculty activities reporting, COVID-19 impact statements).

Opinion: In the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity

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Here, we examine ways in which COVID-19 is amplifying known barriers to women’s career advancement. We propose actionable solutions, which include the formation of a Pandemic Response Faculty Fellow or Pandemic Faculty Merit Committee (PFMC), new/revised tenure and promotion metrics created by the aforementioned committee, and a framework to ensure that the new metrics and policies are adopted college-wide. We also caution against the popular tenure clock quick fix that poses a potential threat to a diverse future for academia.

Supporting faculty during & after COVID-19: Don’t let go of equity

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Although there are several overarching concerns, COVID-19 presents distinct challenges to differently situated faculty members, calling attention to and potentially widening individual and institutional equity gaps. Thus, as campuses set about problem-solving they must keep equity1 front and center. Below, we draw on various news sources2 to describe how institutions are responding to COVID-19 in relation to faculty support and evaluation. We also take the liberty to suggest responses that have not been widely discussed, but that we view as worthwhile considerations.

Reflections on institutional equity for faculty in response to COVID-19

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After outlining relevant literature on gender equity in higher education, we present our university case study, including next steps and ongoing challenges for the UMass ADVANCE team. We aim for this reflection to inform equity programs and diversity efforts in higher education more broadly as we navigate this current moment.

Something's Got to Give

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Women's journal submission rates fell as their caring responsibilities jumped due to COVID-19. Without meaningful interventions, the trend is likely to continue.

Universities Are Freezing Tenure Clocks. What Will That Mean for Junior Faculty of Color?

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This op-ed considers potential consequences of COVID-19 tenure delays.

We Asked 3000+ Academic How They’re Coping With COVID19: This is What We Foun

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A survey conducted by De Gruyter's Insights Team has found that the Coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown has left academics with less time for research and busier than ever - with women most severely affected.