Undoing disparities in faculty workloads: A randomized trial experiment

PLoS One. 2018 Dec 19;13(12):e0207316. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0207316. eCollection 2018.

Abstract

We conducted a randomized control study to improve equity in how work is taken up, assigned and rewarded in academic departments. We used a four-part intervention targeting routine work practices, department conditions, and the readiness of faculty to intervene to shape more equitable outcomes over an 18-month period. Our goal was to (a) increase the number of routine work practices that department faculty could enact to ensure equity, (b) enhance conditions within the department known to positively enhance equity, and (c) improve the action readiness of department faculty to ensure equity in division of labor. Post intervention faculty in participating departments were more likely than before the intervention to report work practices and conditions that support equity and action readiness in their department, and that teaching and service work in their department is fair. Participating departments were significantly more likely than control departments to report practices and conditions that support equity and greater action readiness to address issues of workload equity in their department. Finally, participating department faculty were more likely than control department faculty to report increased self-advocacy and were more likely than control department faculty to report that the distribution of teaching and service work in their department is fair.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sexism*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workload / psychology*

Grant support

K.O. received funding from the Advance Award:1463898, National Science Foundation, https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/advance/. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.