Physics Colloquium (9/7) - Julie Posselt - 1415 BPS


Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 4:10pm to 5:10pm


1415 Biomedical and Physical Sciences

Inclusive Graduate Education: Linking Recruitment, Admissions, and Retention Practices for Equitable Access and Wellbeing
1415 Biomedical and Physical Sciences (4:10pm)


Gender and racial inequities in PhD enrollment and attainment are usually thought about as student-level problems with student-level solutions. New strategies for reducing inequalities are revealed, however, by placing faculty work at the center of analysis. In this colloquium, Posselt will present results of her research on doctoral admissions decision making, published in the book Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping  (Harvard Univ. Press, 2016), case studies of high-diversity STEM PhD programs, as well as her findings from the first national study of graduate student mental health. Through her findings, Posselt links admissions, recruitment, and retention as a system of faculty practices. Inequitable access to and wellbeing in graduate education, she argues, can be productively reframed as a function of inherited approaches to evaluating and interacting with students—cultural qualities of graduate education that often go unexamined. Revisiting everyday assumptions and practices, as well as making collective effort toward common goals, therefore both hold potential to improve outcomes for all students.