In September 2020, Indiana University Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate launched the Gender Equity in Research Task Force to address acute equity issues related to the pandemic, study systemic inequities, and suggest short- and long-term actionable solutions within the research context at IU. Since then, the task force has recommended and implemented an emergency funding program, conducted a faculty-wide survey to inform future targeted resources, and is developing recommendations to the Office of the Vice President for research and the university to address inequities among IU researchers.
Gender Equity in Research
Survey Finds Negative Impact of Pandemic on IU Research Productivity
More than 2,000 IU faculty and research staff reported substantial decreases in productivity brought about by dramatically increased workloads and caregiving responsibilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The task force is now crafting actionable solutions based on survey feedback.
Additional Work by the Task Force
Literature Review: Growing Gender Inequities in the COVID-19 Era
The task force has created a robust literature review regarding inequality in academia and beyond exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This growing collection contains relevant scholarly works, includes abstracts, citation information, and, when available, links to full papers.
Emergency Equity Fund for Research
Recognizing both the magnitude and the urgency of the burden created by COVID-19 on many researchers, especially those with caregiver responsibilities, the task force worked with the Office of the Vice President for Research to create an Emergency Equity Fund for Research.
Announced in December 2020, with a $400,000 investment, the fund provided flexible, rapid awards of up to $2,500 to address critical needs not already met by existing funding sources to advance research productivity.
Specifically, the task force identified the following four categories of support:
- stop-gap services (including caregiving, one-time work-from-home needs, food delivery, and other activities) to help free up limited time for research by pre-tenure and/or pre-promotion faculty,
- personnel for research (e.g., hourly support to support research and/or aid with course management),
- tools for advancing research (e.g., statistical consulting, software to conduct research, data sets, remote access to archives, recording devices and computing technologies, among other related needs), and
- write-up and dissemination of research (e.g., copyediting services, subvention or indexing fees, fees for open access publishing, etc.).
The funds have all been conferred and applications are no longer being accepted.
Emergency Equity Fund for Research Award Details
170awards made to faculty on 7 campuses including School of Medicine
$400,000total $ awarded to fund recipients
131 and 39women and men, respectively, who received awards
Let us hear your voice
Please share relevant questions, comments, and ideas with the Gender Equity in Research Task Force at any time by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gender Equity in Research Task Force members:
- Karen Bravo, McKinney School of Law, IUPUI
- Sanya Carley, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
- Hannah Craven, Medical Library, IU School of Medicine
- Mary Dankoski, Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, IU School of Medicine
- Denvil Duncan, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
- Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, IU School of Medicine
- Laura Foster, Gender Studies, Law, and African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
- Justin Garcia, Kinsey Institute and Gender Studies, IUB
- Kimberly Geeslin, Faculty and Academic Affairs and Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
- Rachel Katzenellenbogen, Adolescent Medicine, IU School of Medicine
- Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
- Bethan Roberts, Assistant Vice President of Operations, IU Research (facilitator)
- Kosali Simon, OVPR and O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
- Peggy Stockdale, Psychology, School of Science, IUPUI