This Op Ed breaks down the problem of how and why service gets taken up, assigned and rewarded unequally, my next Op Ed, will describe the solutions and why they work.

The Hallway Ask....

Imagine a university hallway. There are six faculty offices: three doors are open and three are closed. The department chair comes down the hall. He’s just learned that the dean needs a faculty member to chair the fellowship committee.

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AuthorKerryAnn O'Meara

Guided by research on gendered organizations and faculty careers, we examined gender differences in how research university faculty spend their work time and the everyday workplace interactions that produce differences, with a particular emphasis on campus service. Our study used a time-diary approach that allowed us to understand faculty work activities at a micro level of detail, as recorded by faculty themselves over four weeks. 

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AuthorKerryAnn O'Meara

For the last 15 years, I have been involved in the study and reform of academic reward systems. Academic reward systems are fascinating to study because they reflect assumptions, values, goals and aspirations held by institutions and fields.

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AuthorKerryAnn O'Meara

Many readers will be familiar with the National Science Foundation’s Institutional Transformation ADVANCE grants, which provide U.S. institutions the opportunity to diagnose and design interventions to address issues of gender equity and work environment for women faculty members in the sciences and social sciences. Beginning in 2010, UMD ADVANCE began diagnosing and designing strategies to improve the retention and advancement of women faculty.

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AuthorKerryAnn O'Meara