Women report losing nearly twice as much time per day for research compared to men. Women also spend significantly more time on childcare than men (Deryugina et al., 2021).
Resources on Faculty and Work Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic
National Data on Disparate Impacts Point to Future Challenges
Impact on Time
The pandemic has impacted how all faculty spend their time, but female faculty are losing more time for research and writing than their male peers. The decrease in time available for scholarship is even more pronounced for women in STEM, particularly those caring for school-aged children. Faculty of color and women are also contributing more service and support for students.
Impacts on Scholarship
Access to Mentoring and Scientific Community
- Cancellation of conferences and meetings in immediate wake of pandemic reduced opportunities.
- Virtual conferences increased participation but professional networking remains challenging, particularly for early career scholars.
- Loss of "face-time" in departments has reduced opportunities for informal and formal faculty mentoring and professional development.
Access to Research Resources
- A minority of scholars report little or no disruption to their research; more men report having increased time for scholarship while working from home.
- STEM scholars report persistent challenges in fully accessing labs, while travel restrictions have broader, negative impacts for field scientists and international faculty, students, and postdocs.
- Humanities scholars report challenges to accessing documents, performing/visual arts studios and performing arts venues, while social scientists have faced challenges collecting data in lab and field settings.
"We are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat."
Prepared by Stephanie A. Goodwin, PhD, for Villanova University VISIBLE NSF ADVANCE #1824237