June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Two Year College Division
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Satisfaction of Female Faculty at Two-Year SchoolsPublic two-year colleges contribute to the nation’s STEM capacity by providing anacademic underpinning for baccalaureate degree attainment, educating a skilled math andscience workforce and supporting local economic development. Their female facultyrepresent a vital national resource, particularly in STEM fields, where they often serve asrole models and mentors for female students. Yet this population continues to beunderstudied. By providing explicit attention to circumstances of female faculty in STEMat community colleges, our research fills an important gap in the literature. Our researchincludes both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Quantitative models point tosimilarities between male and female STEM faculty in, e.g., pay, satisfaction, occupationalcomposition and promotion; qualitative analysis of interview data supports this claim andindicates considerable career satisfaction among many female faculty. However, analysisof interviewees’ experiences suggests a complex interplay of influencing factors includingcareer interests, career paths, gender bias, and gendered institutional policies and structures.This paper offers an in-depth examination of the paths that women take towardemployment in STEM at community colleges as well as identification of factors thatfacilitate and hinder advancement of women in STEM at community colleges.
Koonce, D. A., & Anderson, C. D., & Conley, V. M., & Mattley, C. (2011, June), Satisfaction of Female Faculty at Two-Year Schools Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18944
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