Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce

Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce

Beyond Best Practices

1st Edition - December 17, 2013

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  • Authors: Donna Dean, Janet Koster
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128005057
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128002155

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Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce offers strategies and proven recommendations to accommodate work/life satisfaction for those in the STEM fields. Using real-life case studies, this book discusses universal issues such as dual careers and strategic decision making, childcare/dependent care in professional contexts, promoting family-friendly policies, as well as mentoring and networking. Equitable Solutions for Retaining a  Robust STEM Workforce provides data and tools to drive successful programs relaying proactive solutions that STEM employers, academic institutions, policy-makers, and individuals can utilize.

Key Features

  • Distills and leverages best practices and internationally transportable policies to support and accommodate STEM work/life satisfaction
  • Serves as an action plan to help STEM employers, policy makers and academic institutions identify and create systemic change
  • Includes case studies and practical tools sections to highlight effective integration strategies
  • Addresses a variety of work/life challenges, including supporting travel for dual-career couples, making strategic choices around work/life issues, and overcoming implicit bias 


Those pursuing or involved in a career in the STEM fields, including students, academics, and regulatory and industry professionals. Additional markets include policymakers, academic and professional women’s organizations, and those involved in professional development training.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    Part 1: Surveying the Landscape

    Chapter 1. Envisioning the STEM Workplace of the Future: The Need for Work/Life Programs and Family-Friendly Practices


    A Common Definition of Work/Life Balance

    The Current Climate

    Spurring Systemic Change

    Chapter 2. Work/Life Integration Challenges Are Worldwide


    Survey Methods and Data Analysis

    Global Perspectives on Careers in Science

    Gender Differences in Approaches to Work/Life Issues

    Gender Differences and Career/Life Decisions

    Stress and Work/Life Conflicts

    Career Mobility and Job Security

    Part 2: Award-Winning Solutions

    Chapter 3. Addressing Work/Life Issues


    Case Study 1. Leading Women to Create Their Own Definition of Work/Life Satisfaction

    Case Study 2. Creation and Implementation of a Program for Personal and Professional Development of Women Scientists in an Emerging Democracy

    Case Study 3. A Writing Retreat for Women in Science and Engineering

    Practical Tools

    Chapter 4. Dual Careers and Strategic Decision Making


    Case Study 4. Dual-Career Solutions and Other Meaningful Approaches to Recruitment and Retention Efforts

    Case Study 5. A Scenario Toolkit for Advancing Careers in Science

    Practical Tools

    Chapter 5. Child Care and Dependent Care in Professional Contexts


    Case Study 6. Child Care at the European Molecular Biology Organization Meeting

    Case Study 7. Child Care at the American Physical Society Annual Meetings

    Case Study 8. Child Care at the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meetings

    Practical Tools

    Chapter 6. Promoting Family-Friendly Policies


    Case Study 9. The Family Travel Initiative

    Case Study 10. Enhancing the Academic Climate for Women Scholars Through Family-Friendly Policies

    Case Study 11. From Graduate Student to Assistant Professor: Helping Postdoctoral Scientists and Engineers Meet the Demands of Career and Family Life

    Case Study 12. Transitional Support Program

    Practical Tools

    Part 3: Advancing Comprehensive Solutions

    Chapter 7. Mentoring and Networking







    Some Concluding Thoughts

    Chapter 8. Implicit Bias and the Workplace


    What’s in a Scientist’s Name?

    Blind Orchestral Auditions

    Double-Blind Literature Reviews

    Success and Likeability Do Not Go Hand in Hand (For Women)

    The Selective Absence of Female Conference Speakers

    The Power of Language

    The AWARDS Project


    Chapter 9. Government Policy Implications for Addressing Family-Related Issues


    The United States


    Brazil, Canada, India, and South Korea


    Global Highlights

    Appendix A. Roster of Participants and Meeting Agenda for “Rethinking the Future of the STEM Workplace: Convening of Global Experts on Work/Life Family Issues”


    Appendix B. Overview of Elsevier Foundation New Scholar Project Awards by Year

    2006 Awards

    2007 Awards

    2008 Awards

    2009 Awards

    2010 Awards

    2011 Awards

    2012 Awards

    Appendix C. Researcher Insights Survey Questions for Data Collection



Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: December 17, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128005057
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128002155

About the Authors

Donna Dean

Donna Dean

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Consultant, Leadership and Talent Development, WV, USA

Janet Koster

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director & CEO, Association for Women in Science, Alexandria, VA, USA

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