r. Beth Mitchneck discussed her meta synthesis of the research on how social practices influence citation indices, commonly used metrics to evaluate the quality of a scholar’s productivity. Dr. Mitchneck addressed implications for future practice and implementation of equity interventions.
Beth Mitchneck is Professor Emerita in the School of Geography, Development & Environment at the University of Arizona. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation project to develop metrics to assess institutional transformation at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. In addition, she is a higher education consultant specializing in faculty affairs and equity in STEM and works with numerous universities to promote equitable evaluation processes. She has held numerous administrative positions at the University of Arizona and, most recently, Vice Provost for Faculty Success at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. She also was the lead program officer for the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program to promote gender equity in academic STEM. Mitchneck has a dual research focus on migration and displaced populations with an emphasis on Georgia and Ukraine, and on gender equity in STEM. She has served on national boards for the Social Science Research Council, the Kennan Institute and editorial boards for the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and Soviet Geography. Her most recent publications include: “A Recipe for Change: Creating a more inclusive academy” in Science and “Displacing Blame: Divergent Accounts of the Georgia-Abkhazia Conflict” in Ethnopolitics.