Virtual Visiting Scholars

Analyzing existing research and data 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.

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Funded by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program, Awards HRD-2121468 and 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 recognizes the achievements made so far while producing new perspectives, methods and interventions with an intersectional, intentional and inclusive lens. The leading champion in North America to propel the inclusion of women in the field of engineering, the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), serves as the backbone organization of the ARC Network.

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