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The Role of Social Support on the Relationship between Gender and Career Progression in STEM Academia
AIR FORCE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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This research serves as an introduction to examining the role of gender as an influence on social connections and career progression in the academic science, technology, engineering, and math STEM environment. This research will examine whether gender impacts the social connections with coworkers, which in turn may impact career progression and advancement in STEM. Using statistical analysis methods, this study looks to answer whether women in the STEM teaching profession have the same social connections in their workplace as men and whether these connections are related to organizational advancement. Results from the analysis support the impact of network connections on the relationship between publication rate and academic advancement. Publication rate is clearly related to academic advancement, however this relationship is stronger for women with fewer network connections. For women with a higher number of network connections, publication rate was not as strong of a predictor of academic advancement.
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