Issue of May 27, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson, and Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
3. AAS and AWIS
1. Why Women Do Not Promote to Full Professor
From: Michele M. Montgomery [montgomery_at_physics.ucf.edu]
Men hold more than three-quarters of full professorships in the USA. Women at four-year colleges and universities are 10 percent less likely to attain full professorship. Women take from 1-3.5 years longer than men to promote to full professor from associate with women at doctoral universities lagging the furthest behind. From a recent study on why women do not promote from associate to full professor (Misra, Hickes Lundquist, Holmes, and Agiomavritis (January/February 2011 issue of Academe, Vol. 97, No. 1.), attributing factors include
- women devote more hours to service - women devote more hours to teaching - women devote more hours to mentoring - women devote more hours to building bridges within the university - women chair departments more at the associate level than men - men chair departments more at the full professor level than women - men spend about 7.5 more hours per week on research than women
Gender differences are even more pronounced for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) faculty. Of all factors, research seems to be the only one valued by research-intensive universities.
For more statistics, please read the "Ivory Ceiling of Service Work:"
Additional information and opinion is provided in this week's blog on Women in Astronomy. Note that Ed Bertschinger addressed similar issues in his 5/26 blog on Obstacles to the Progress of Women in Science in Engineering.Back to top.
2. AAS/CSWA Anti-Harassment Policy
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]
The AAS Council has just adopted a slightly revised anti-harassment policy, as follows.
Statement of Policy It is the policy of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, the AAS is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, the AAS is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of Society meetings. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.
The policy can be found at
Please help circulate the revised policy to improve awareness on this important issue.Back to top.
3. AAS and AWIS
From: Pat Knezek [pknezek_at_noao.edu]
The AAS has joined the AWIS-sponsored AWARDS (Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition of Disciplinary Societies) project. AWARDS aims to improve recognition of women among scholarly award winners. Please read more:Back to top.
4. Study and Survey on Black Women Physicists
WIPHYS, May 23, 2011
Katemari Rosa, a physicist and Fulbright researcher, is documenting the life history of Black women in physics. In the current phase of the research she is trying to gather information about Black women who are currently working in physics or related fields in the United States.
There are a few ways in which you can contribute to this study: 1 - If you identify yourself as a Black woman physicist, please answer the initial survey
2 - If you know other women who might identify themselves as Black physicists, please forward them this message;
3 - Please spread the word among your contacts.
The survey takes less than five minutes to complete.
In further steps of the study Katemari will conduct in-person interviews, and if you are interested in participating further with the study, please email her at katemari.rosa_at_fulbrightmail.org.Back to top.
5. Images of Women Scientists in the Media
From: Caroline Simpson [simpson_at_fiu.edu]
I found this article [on images of women scientists in the media] fascinating ...Back to top.
6. Scholarships and Grants for Women
From: Nancy Morrison [NMorris_at_UTNet.UToledo.Edu]
The organization ScholarshipsAndGrants.US maintains a listing of all available scholarships and grants for students:
They have a listing dedicated to scholarships and grants for women here:
This link is now also available on the CSWA's Resources page:Back to top.
7. Graduate Women in Science National Symposium
From: GWIS [gwis_at_cornell.edu]
The 2011 GWIS National Symposium now has reduced registration rates! The symposium will be held at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY on Saturday, June 18- Sunday, June 19, 2011. Join us as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Graduate Women at Cornell University, where university women first came together to found the Alpha chapter of GWIS in 1921. The focus of this meeting will be a celebration of the progress made over the last 90 years by women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and a critical discussion of the potential and challenges that lie ahead. Both men and women are welcome.
Featuring - Keynote speaker - Science talks from GWIS Fellowship winners and graduate students - Student poster sessions - Gender Issues and Development sessions - Historical exhibit on the progress of GWIS since 1921 - Social receptions
Final registration closes: 30th May Students are invited to submit posters or oral presentations Poster/Oral Abstracts due: 30th May. For registration and details:
or contact gwis_at_cornell.eduBack to top.
8. Job Announcements
[The AASWOMEN newsletter has adopted a simplified format for job ads. We will no longer be posting the entire ad, but rather a 1-line description of the position and a web site -- Eds.]
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is seeking
- Public Program Specialists, Kitt Peak (part-time) - Astronomy Educator - Postdoctoral Research Associates, National Solar Observatory (NSO) - Staff Scientist, NSO Data Center - Tenure-track Astronomer, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory - Assistant or Associate Scientist, Dunn Solar Telescope - Division Head, Software, Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT)
among other positions. Further information can be found atBack to top.
9. How to Submit to the AASWomen Newsletter
[Please remember to replace "" in the below e-mail addresses.]
To submit an item to the AASWomen newsletter, including replies to topics, send email toBack to top.
10. How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe to the AASWomen Newsletter
To subscribe or unsubscribe to the AASWOMEN newsletter, please fill in the required information at:
If you experience any problems, please email itdept_at_aas.orgBack to top.
11. How to Access Past Issues of the AASWomen Newsletter
Past issues of AASWomen are available at
Each annual summary includes an index of topics covered.Back to top.