CSWA Meeting: May 2010
To meet the challenge of designing a 21st century astronomy career track for men and women will require that issues concerning "female-friendly" and "family-friendly" workplaces be addressed. Flexible working hours and flexible "clocks" for promotion and tenure will be essential.
An introduction by CSWA Chair Joan T. Schmelz was followed by discussion and questions from the audience.
In this session, we wanted to introduce the concept of unconscious bias and also give recommendations on how to address it using a faculty search committee as an example. The process of eliminating unconscious bias begins with awareness, then moves to policy and practice, and ends with accountability. We used information from the University of Michigan Advance STRIDE web site as a guideline.
Presentations from the special sesson can be downloaded below.
Joan T. Schmelz, Introduction to Unconscious Bias (ppt, 833 KB)
Patricia Knezek, How Did I Get Here? - The Role of Unconscious Bias in Career Paths (ppt, 91 KB)
Caroline E. Simpson, Nibbled to Death by Ducks: The Accumulation of Disadvantage (PDF, 413 KB)
Michele Montgomery, Actions by Junior Faculty in Addressing Unconscious Bias (PDF, 606 KB)