Vice Provost Patrice McDermott Calls for Gender Equity in Peer Review

As guest editor of the spring 2014 issue of Peer Review, Patrice McDermott, vice provost for faculty affairs, coauthored an introductory essay that calls for greater inclusivity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

While the United States seeks to increase the number of STEM workers, the number of women STEM graduates decreased by 39% from 2001 to 2010. In order to reverse this trend, McDermott and co-author Kelly Mack advocate for growing the number of female faculty members, which has been shown to have positive effects on retaining female students. The article states, “We need a fundamental reconsideration of women faculty as a powerful and untapped resource for meeting our goal of achieving a well-prepared and highly diversified STEM workforce, now and in the future.”

Click here to read “The Twenty-First-Century Case for Inclusive Excellence in STEM.” Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, also contributed to this issue of Peer Review. Click here to learn more.