“I just read an article about how academia can’t get and keep talented women professors in the scientific areas. Rice received a multi-million dollar grant to revamp their current process. Many thought it was a poor use of money and criticized the efforts.
According to the article, published July 28, 2008 in the Houston Chronicle:
The results are small, but real: 14 additional female faculty members, new hiring and mentoring practices, and a bank of 1,300 resumes from women with doctoral degrees in the sciences and engineering open to university hiring committees from around the nation.
“If we’re not taking advantage of women’s education, we may be losing a resource we’ve invested in,” said Jessie DeAro, director of the National Science Foundation’s Advance program.Advance will spend about $19.5 million this year on gender-equity programs at 28 universities, including Rice. (The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University are the only other Texas schools involved in the project.)”
Any thoughts on how Rice and other universities can reach their goals?
Right now, it doesn’t seem like the have a very viable program, but at least it is a start. They realize there is a problem and that is a good first step. Attracting and keeping talented women should be a goal of all institutions. Diversity is a very powerful tool.