Advance at UNM surveys and research
Work-life balance has been a longstanding challenge for faculty, particularly along the lines of gender and race. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified and added to these challenges in unique ways. Learning about these obstacles can provide academic leaders with tools to try to alleviate them. In the report below, we present quantitative and qualitative data […] Read More
UNM’s parental leave policy works well in units in which the leadership understands the policy, is supportive of faculty using the policy, and can help departmental faculty with the implementation and subsequent evaluation of faculty accomplishments. Supportive colleagues clearly play an important role in the experiences of new parents. Likewise, unsupportive or uninformed leadership and […] Read More
The Advance at UNM Social Science Research Team (SSRT) is working towards publishing journal articles about three different University of New Mexico campus climate studies. Through two of the three studies, the team found that women and underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in STEM fields perceive an overall lower climate than white men in STEM fields. […] Read More
Researchers at the University of New Mexico are hoping to better understand the campus climate for underrepresented minority and white women faculty in STEM fields and across the university as part of a five-year National Science Foundation grant. As part of their research to gauge general campus climate and support […] Read More
The vast majority of UNM faculty, graduate students, and staff strongly support having the university’s spring break at the same time of the break for Albuquerque Public Schools, a study by Advance at UNM has found. Eighty two percent of faculty strongly support alignment while 79 percent of staff expressed strong support in the survey done […] Read More
Members of the Advance at UNM social science research team are working on innovative ways to promote diversity on the UNM campus, particularly among leadership positions.To engage leaders at UNM, the group is using the Dobbin-Kalev managerial engagement model of diversity promotion, which is based on their extensive analysis of human resources policies in private […] Read More
2015 Faculty Success and Mentoring Study
UNM’s Division of Equity and Inclusion Faculty Success and Mentoring Study convened focus groups to explore faculty perceptions of the resources and support required for professional success. Women and minority faculty emphasized the need for different mentoring services and information about UNM, while expressing a fear of the repercussions of bad mentoring relationships. Half of pre-tenure women and minority faculty surveyed said they have experienced unsuccessful mentoring experiences. At the same time, they expressed hesitation to burden trusted women and minority professors with requests for help. Many faculty reported hostile departmental climates. Read the report.
2013 UNM Faculty Worklife Survey
The University of New Mexico survey, modeled on those done by ADVANCE programs at other universities, revealed that women were more likely than men to perceive informal hierarchies structured by gender and race in their departments (45 percent women; 15 percent men), to feel excluded from informal networks (42 percent women; 31 percent men), and to have encountered unwritten rules governing interactions with colleagues (50 percent women; 30 percent men). In addition, it found women are less likely to express interest in leadership positions (43 percent women vs 58 percent men). Read the full report from UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.