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, policymakers, academic and professional women’s organizations, and those involved in professional development training

Table of Contents

  • Foreword

    Part 1: Surveying the Landscape
    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

    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
    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

    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

    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

    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
    7. Mentoring and Networking
    Some Concluding Thoughts

    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

    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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