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Women in STEM Faculty Positions Part 3/3: What can we do to improve?

How can we improve the quality of life at work for women in stem faculty positions? Problems faced by underrepresented groups in academic fields are being brought to the forefront of discussions on how institutions of higher learning can improve the quality of professional life, and the quality of life, in general, for these groups. …

Women in STEM Faculty Positions Part 2/3: Reflections from Women

Reflections from women in stem faculty positions Female STEM faculty face many stressors in the workplace such as balancing life and work, gender bias in the field, gender bias in hiring and promotion, and working in a male-dominated field. These stressors often discourage women from staying in their fields or make them become disillusioned with …

Women in STEM Faculty Positions Part 1/3: The Facts

The treatment of underrepresented minorities in various aspects of life such as justice, education, and employment has emerged as an important conversation in recent years. The injustices faced by these minorities need to be discussed in order to implement systematic and institutional change to the more equitable and inclusive treatment of minorities. One such conversation …

Rising Cost of Higher Ed

The rising cost of higher education has been a cause of concern for many students and their families. We have more students leaving colleges and universities with huge amounts of debt that will take them years to pay back, assuming that they can even pay all of it back within their lifetimes. Below, we can …

Future of the University

As a society, our ideas and needs are constantly changing. These changes in needs should be reflected in our education system, especially in institutes of higher education. In our current situation, we have a pandemic that has caused us to shift traditional university courses from classrooms and lecture halls to either completety virtual classrooms, or …

Technology and Innovation in Higher Education

In searching for an infographic on higher education faculty and social media use, I found one from a collaboration between the Babson Research Group and Pearson. This is from 2013, but I think the results are interesting. The results of this survey reveal that 59% of the faculty who responded thought that online and mobile …

Open Access Journal

The open access journal I found is called “Measurement and Control”. It’s under the SAGE publishing group that was founded in New York, and is now headquartered in California. The journal is described as “a peer reviewed, open access journal which focuses on applied and theoretical research outcomes in measurement and control sciences.” [1] The …

Ethis Blog Post

Many graduate students and researchers feel pressure to show results and are in a race to publish as many high-impact journal papers as possible. It’s important to remember that even though we may feel pressured to constantly make visible progress we need to do that via truthful means. I would rather take an extra few …

Mission Statements

A university’s mission statements communicate the core values and beliefs of a university and how they would like to see those values and beliefs embodied in their students. I decided to take a look at mission statements from top universities in different countries: 1.) USA and 2.) Switzerland to see how similar or different they …