Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Elizabeth L. Shoenfelt (Director), Reagan D. Brown, and Amber N. Schroeder
Department of Psychological Sciences
Master of Science
The purpose of this research was to develop a questionnaire to be used to identify barriers and facilitators to women faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academics. The phenomenon known as the leaky pipeline, a theoretical model describing why women are underrepresented in STEM disciplines, was examined. Women have long been underrepresented in STEM professions despite an increase in the number of women earning STEM degrees, suggesting women are faced with barriers that prevent them from achieving equal representation with men. The literature has identified several potential barriers, both historical and new, such as biological inequalities, family responsibilities, commitment differences, competitive differences, gender stereotypes and implicit biases, work environments, and job preference. Major facilitators included mentors and specific policy/program implementation. Barriers and facilitators to faculty members at Western Kentucky University will be identified objectively through the use of this questionnaire in a future study.
Educational Psychology | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Psychiatry and Psychology | Secondary Education and Teaching
Bolton, Charles Leonard III, "Development of a Questionnaire to Identify Barriers and Facilitators to Academic Careers for Women in STEM" (2016). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1578.