Gaining new insights on the research landscape on systemic change for STEM faculty equity.

Virtual Visiting Scholars


Virtual Visiting Scholars

About the Program

The Virtual Visiting Scholars (VVS) program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars across disciplines to pursue research meta-analysis, synthesis, and big data curation on topics crucial to STEM faculty equity.

VVS analyze existing research and data, synthesizing different, sometimes competing, perspectives, frameworks, metrics, and outcomes to offer new insights and applications to the broader community.

Ethel Mickey, PhD

A sociologist studying gender, work and organizations, STEM, and social networks, Dr. Ethel Mickey is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Wellesley College, where she teaches courses on gender, technology and society, and the sociology of education. Her doctoral research draws on a qualitative case study of a high-tech firm in the United States to explore gendered practices, experiences and outcomes of professional networking. This work revealed the exclusionary nature of networking and how networking can reinforce intersecting institutional inequalities in one of the country’s leading industries. Dr. Mickey holds a PhD in Sociology from Northeastern University and Bachelor’s in Sociology and English from Vanderbilt University.

Implications for Career Success Resulting from STEM Faculty Networks
Faculty networks shape academic career success by providing collaboration opportunities, access to material resources, and access to implicit informal knowledge. Despite the theorized benefits of social networks, there is ever-increasing evidence that women’s marginalization and exclusion from networks may, in part, contribute to their underrepresentation in STEM. Dr. Mickey will research the gender differences in faculty network characteristics and how gender differences in faculty networks contribute to and explain gendered variations in faculty career outcomes, including productivity, retention, and advancement.

Cara Margherio, PhD

As Assistant Director of the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity, Dr. Cara Margherio manages the evaluation of NSF- and NIH-funded projects, primarily working with national professional development programs for early-career academics belonging to groups underrepresented in STEM. Grounded in critical race and feminist theories, her research interests include community cultural wealth, counterspaces, intersectionality, and institutional change. Dr. Margherio holds a PhD and MA in Sociology from the University of Washington and a BPhil in Sociology and BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Centering Women Faculty of Color in a Meta-Synthesis of Research on Mentoring
Dr. Margherio will research how women faculty of color remain not only underrepresented but also understudied at every level of the professoriate. Mentoring is one area of research in which the experiences of women faculty of color are often subsumed within the larger category of women faculty. Her research will synthesize the features that emerge as most salient to address the mentoring needs of women faculty of color. Ultimately, she will illustrate how shifting the focus changes our understanding of what needs are met by mentoring and what is necessary for mentoring to be beneficial.

Emerging Research Workshops

Emerging Research Workshops

The ARC Network will engage 15-20 leading investigators in high-quality, intensive, two-day workshops on innovative and emerging research on faculty equity in STEM.

The workshops will facilitate meaningful engagement, idea exploration, and reflection through selected presentations, brainstorming sessions, roundtable and small group discussions and networking sessions. Discussions will center on how the research findings help the ARC Network Community understand and address barriers to faculty equity and what open questions remain in the topic area. 

Emerging Research Workshops will produce a blueprint for energizing the community in thought leadership, sparking new research agendas, and shifting the dialogue from the status quo to new and creative ways to understand and successfully address equity issues in STEM.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Award HRD-1740860, the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination (ARC) Network seeks to achieve gender equity for faculty in higher education science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. As the STEM equity brain trust, the ARC Network promotes systemic change by producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. The leading advocate for women in STEM the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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