Policy Diffusion and Organizational Impact on STEM Women in Higher Education

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Project Overview
Background & Purpose: 

This project is an investigation of the diffusion of policies and organizational practices aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women in the various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in United States (U.S.) universities. It looks particularly to capturing institutional level changes and effects on the U.S. STEM professoriate, with the goal of making important theoretical and methodological contributions to current understandings of gender diversity in faculty profiles.

Setting: 

This study focuses primarily on selected public and private research universities across the U.S., with comprehensive regional representation.

Research Design: 

This is a longitudinal study designed to generate descriptive, associative, and causal [statistical modeling] evidence. Original data are collected through institutional audits/reviews of university characteristics and policies and faculty demographies. In addition, secondary data analysis will be conducted with SDR, SED, IPEDS, and Nelson departmental data.

Event-history analyses and other methods are used to examine relevant policy adoptions, organizational responses and programs, and factors affecting them.

Publications & Presentations: 
McNeely, C.L., and L. Hopewell. 2010. "Pronouncements from University Leaders on Women and STEM Fields." International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 2 (3): 296-333.
Walters, J., and C.L. McNeely. 2010. "Recasting Title IX: Challenging Gender Equity in the STEM Professoriate." Review of Policy Research 27 (3): 317-332.
McNeely, C.L., and S. Vlaicu. 2010. "Exploring Institutional Hiring Trends of Women in the U.S. STEM Professoriate." Review of Policy Research 27 (6): 781-793.
McNeely, C.L. 2010. "Institutional Hiring Trends and Diversity in the U.S. STEM Professoriate." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.
McNeely, C.L., and S. Vlaicu. 2010. "The Impact of the Socio-Legal Environment on Institutional Characteristics and STEM Faculty Diversity," with S. Vlaicu. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago.
Walters, J., C.L. McNeely, and S. Vlaicu. 2009. "Positioning Women in the Science and Technology Workforce: The Triumvirate of U.S. Anti-Discrimination Law in Context and Effect." In-Spire Journal of Law, Politics, and Societies 4 (2): 71-95.
McNeely, C.L., and S. Vlaicu. 2009. "Integrating Gender Diversity in the U.S. Science and Technology Professoriate: Politico-Legal Environments and Institutional Challenges." Presented at the Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Washington, DC.
Hopewell, L., C.L. McNeely, E. Kuiler, and J. Hahm. 2009. "University Leaders and the Public Agenda:  Talking About Women and Diversity in STEM Fields." Review of Policy Research 26 (5): 591-610.
McNeely, C.L., and S. Vlaicu. 2009. "STEM Women in the U.S. Professoriate: An Exploration of Institutional Hiring Patterns." Presented at the Dupont Summit. Washington, DC.
McNeely, C.L., and S. Vlaicu. 2009. "An Organizational Analysis of Female Scientists: Institutional and Cultural Dynamics Affecting Research Career Outcomes." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago.
McNeely, C.L., J. Hahm, and J. Walters. 2009. "Renegotiating Title IX:  Challenging Gender Bias in the Science and Technology Academic Workforce." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. Denver.
Kamens, D., and C.L. McNeely. 2008. "Institutional and Programmatic Responses to Questions of Equity and Representation in the U.S. Professoriate." Presented at the Meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Los Angeles.
McNeely, C.L. 2007. "Workforce Dynamics and Impacts on Women Scientists: Determining Predictors of Presence in the Pool." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York.