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Biases in Research and Beyond: Literacy Reference Guide: Category Scope Notes

Resources gathered by the Faculty Research Council on identifying and combating bias in academia and academic research.

What do each of the categories include?

Encompassing more than just the research process, this guide brings together our collective wisdom on bias in academic and non-academic workplaces. Articles, books, toolkits, and more are organized into eleven folders in a collaborative RefWorks collection: 

  • Alternate Paths to Promotion in the Academy: criticisms, assessments, and alternatives of/for research, scholarly & creative contribution, instruction, service; impediments to promotion in academia
  • Annual Review Processes & Portfolios: with an institutional perspective, how faculty are assessed for tenure and promotion 
  • Assessments of Faculty Workload: items related to the assessment of faculty productivity and production 
  • Bias & Inclusion in the Classroom: items related to creating a more inclusive classroom for students of minoritized identities
  • Bias in Student Evaluations: items related to bias of faculty in evaluating the students they teach and work with
  • COVID-19 Impact: Items related to the impact of novel coronavirus on research, teaching, and academia
  • Campus Climate & Community Wellbeing: how the characteristics of a campus impact people 
  • Individual Characteristics & Social Identities (academic workplaces): how characteristics like race, gender, ability, national origin, etc impact the work life of people in academic workplaces
  • Individual Characteristics & Social Identities (non-academic workplaces): how characteristics like race, gender, ability, national origin, etc impact the work life of people in non-academic workplaces 
  • Mission & Institution: how institutional goals impact people at those institutions 
  • NSF Advance: content relating to this program dedicated to broadening participation in STEM and social science fields, funded by the National Science Foundation 
  • Organizational Structure: management styles, organizational hierarchies, and critiques and assessments thereof 
  • Tenure & Promotion Processes & Portfolios: with an individual perspective, how faculty navigate the tenure and promotion process  
  • Tenure Track vs. Non-Tenure Track: content that captures the differences in the experiences of tenure track (professors) and non-tenure track (instructors) faculty