Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky Invited to Serve on the Research Team for an NSF Grant

Dr. Aimee LaPointe Terosky is a research team member of a National Science Foundation Advance grant that is investigating ways in which institutions can better support and retain women faculty.  The NSF grant in the amount of $250,000 received matching funds from the University of Maryland. Presently, Dr. Terosky is conducting interviews with female full  professors at a major research university to better understand the supports, strategies, and constraints facing women faculty, especially women in underrepresented fields.  Moreover, she is conducting focus groups with female associate professors at the same institution to examine why associate professors rank lower on faculty satisfaction surveys than any other rank.  In the focus groups, she is assessing if participation in faculty development around career advancement is benefiting associate  professors’ sense of agency in career advancement.  This work is especially important as studies indicate that women faculty tend to take longer to advance through the ranks and face a greater risk of leaving academia. Terosky will remain a member of the research and evaluation team until the grant ends in 2015.