This introduction sets forth the main themes of the volume, reviews the methods employed by the contributors, and demonstrates the relationships among the chapters.
Each of the chapters demonstrates the gendered nature of the academy and some of the ways in which women, especially women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, are disadvantaged. None of them provides complete catalogues of the issues confronting women and none reach definitive conclusions regarding the ways and means of transforming the academy. Additional research and experimentation will be required.
Practical and social implications
The gender transformation of the academy holds the promise of more opportunities for women, especially but not only in STEM disciplines and higher administration, and greater probability of balance between work and personal life for all.
Value of the chapter
The chapter serves as an overall introduction to the volume and the subject matter more generally.
The authors of this introduction wish to express their sincere thanks to the volume coeditor and chapter contributor, Catherine White Berheide. The impetus for this volume was largely hers, and her interaction with other ADVANCE Principal Investigators was invaluable in obtaining the large number of outstanding chapters from them. The editorial work of the volume was shared equally among the three of us.
Segal, M.T. and Demos, V. (2014), "Gender Transformation in the Academy: An Introduction", Gender Transformation in the Academy (Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 19), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. xvii-xxxi. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-212620140000019021
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