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.

Only Second-Class Tickets for Women in the COVID-19 Race. A Study on Manuscript Submissions and Reviews in 2329 Elsevier Journals

Just a picture

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the submission rate to scholarly journals increased abnormally. Given that most academics were forced to work from home, the competing demands for familial duties might have penalised the scientific productivity of women. To test this hypothesis, we looked at submitted manuscripts and peer review activities for all Elsevier journals between February and May 2018-2020, including data on over 5 million authors and referees. Results showed that during the first wave of the pandemic, women submitted proportionally fewer manuscripts than men.

Not in the Same Boat: Career Progression in the Pandemic

Just a picture

COVID-19 has forced everyone to adjust to a new way of life and a new way of working. But the career effects of the global pandemic haven’t been equitable for all workers, according to a new study of more than 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Qualtrics and theBoardlist. 

Unequal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on scientists

Just a picture

COVID-19 has not affected all scientists equally. A survey of principal investigators indicates that female scientists, those in the ‘bench sciences’ and, especially, scientists with young children experienced a substantial decline in time devoted to research. This could have important short- and longer-term effects on their careers, which institution leaders and funders need to address carefully.

Academic productivity differences by gender and child age in science, technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine Faculty During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Just a picture

Background: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most faculty in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) began working from home, including many who were simultaneously caring for children. The objective was to assess associations of gender and parental status with self-reported academic productivity before (i.e., mid-January to mid-March 2020) and during the pandemic (i.e., mid-March to mid-May 2020).

Women's journal submission rates fell as their caring responsibilities jumped due to COVID-19

No Room of One's Own

Just a picture

Early Journal Submission Data Suggest COVID-19 is Tanking Women's Research Productivity.

College and university presidents respond to COVID-19: July 2020 Survey

Just a picture

With the summer term nearing an end and the start of the fall 2020 term only weeks away, college and university leaders continue taking steps to support safe operations. In early July, ACE launched its fourth Pulse Point survey of college and university presidents on COVID-19.

COVID-19 Disruptions Disproportionately Affect Female Academics

Just a picture

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent countermeasures disrupted economic activity around the world. We investigate the effects of COVID-19 disruptions on the gender gap in academia. We administer a global survey of academics to collect nuanced data on the respondents' circumstances, such as the number and ages of children and time use. All academics report substantial increases in childcare and housework burdens, but women experienced significantly larger increases than men.

Gender inequality in research productivity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Just a picture

Problem definition: We study the disproportionate impact of the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak on female and male academic research productivity in social science. Academic/practical relevance: The lockdown has caused substantial disruptions to academic activities, requiring people to work from home. How this disruption affects productivity and the related gender equity is an important operations and societal question.

Preventing a Secondary Epidemic of Lost Early Career Scientists: Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women with Children.

Just a picture

We challenge academic institutions and funding agencies to carefully strategize their approach toward the management of consequences resulting from the pandemic to sustain their future competitiveness and impact. Feasible policies and strategies can be implemented those proposed herein provide actionable policies and procedures to create a safety net for all caregivers after the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly focusing on the needs of women early career investigators.