Good Practice Resources

Is Your Graduate Department in Physics Female Friendly?

The APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) has facilitated the collection of responses to a series of questions about graduate programs in physics that should be helpful to those interested in assessing the climate for women at various graduate schools. Department chairs (or their assignees) were asked the five questions below. All the responses are self-reported by department chairs (or their assignees), and the APS and CSWP assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the information submitted. The responses, for each institution, can be obtained by clicking on the name of the institution below. The questions include how many tenure-track or tenured faculty (male/female) are there, how many graduate students( male/female), is therea family leave policy for graduate students, amongst others?


Planning for Success - Good Practice in University Science Departments

Good Practice - Fitting the Jigsaw Together

'Both men and women benefit from good practice; however women in particular are
adversely affected by bad practice'

In 2004 the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK and the Athena projectlaunched the first Good Practice in University (Chemistry) Departments report, which presented the good practice found in 25 chemistry departments using questionnaires, telephone interviews, and department visits. In 2008 the report was updated and now includes material from 38 departments. The 2004 report became a tool used by other STEM departments, so the RSC hopes the 2008 edition will prove a valuable reference and becomes a standard text for academics thinking about taking up a departmental headship.The checklists at the end are a very useful tool, for checking your local culture, dealing with appointment and promotion processes, career development, networks, mentoring, workload, etc.