Women in STEMM Resources

The Ohio State University has identified gender inequities and implemented strategies to improve in this area as follows.

On our campus, two units are concerned with women’s issues generally:

  • The President and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW)
    • Charged with studying policy issues related to gender at Ohio State
    • Advises the President and Provost, meeting with them twice annually
    • Focuses its efforts on two to three issues per year.  This year’s issues are: 1) Highlight successful career paths of women staff and faculty at The Ohio State University and 2) Identify communication paths that can highlight the positive efforts on campus to increase diversity and representation
    • The latest report is available at: http://ppcw.osu.edu/assets/files/PPCW_2016_Final_Report-website.pdf
  • The Women’s Place (TWP; http://womensplace.osu.edu/),
    • The university’s women’s policy office
    • Works closely with PPCW
    • The Women’s Place reports to the office of Academic Affairs
    • Every year publishes the Status Report on Women at the Ohio State University.  (http://womensplace.osu.edu/assets/files/Status_Report_2016.pdf )
    • Offers leadership training for women faculty and staff
    • Provides networking opportunities for women faculty and staff; and works toward important policy changes
    • In 2016 TWP launched Advocates and Allies for Equity, an initiative that focuses on transforming the climate of the institution by enhancing men’s engagement in gender equity work.
  • The White House Collaborative on Equity in Research on Women and Girls of Color (https://news.osu.edu/news/2016/11/17/research-women-of-color/)
    • Ohio State is a member of a national initiative to increase research on women and girls of color
    • Aims to increase understanding and highlight the status of women and girls of color – a growing demographic in the United States that remains underrepresented in academic research
    • Will build a robust university-wide scholarly research and learning community centered on women and girls of color

In addition, Ohio State aims to diversify the faculty by training on inclusive search strategies for all members of faculty search committees in the university. Similar trainings for faculty serving in graduate admissions committees are underway in the colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences.
Other units, groups and initiatives addressing the needs of women in STEM are:

  • Ohio State ADVANCE office:
    • This office works to impact the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in the STEM disciplines
    • Dedicated to institutionalizing the work of the Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State (CEOS) project, which identified the principal challenges at Ohio State for women faculty in STEM with funding from NSF.
    • Established the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia Higher Education Recruiting Consortium (HERC). HERC is a national nonprofit consortium with regional affiliates committed to facilitating dual career hiring and the recruitment of diverse faculty and staff.
    • Project CEOS erased the gender gap for promotion to full professor in CEOS units and achieved gains at the full professor, chair and director level; however advancement to associate dean and dean roles remains an issue.
  • Under-representation in STEM (Conveners: Jill Bystydzienski and Joan Herbers). This theme will engage interdisciplinary groups of faculty in research that focuses on the low numbers of women and members of other historically underrepresented groups in many science and technology academic disciplines. Historical, international and comparative perspectives help to illuminate answers, and sophisticated data analytic techniques provide new ways to identify solutions.