Online survey: I am a woman and I work in academia

I am a woman and I work in academia: An international collection of female academics’ perspectives and experiences of their work.

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast are interested in knowing more about the experiences of women in academia. As yet, few studies have explored women’s perspectives and experiences as academics in Australian and International universities. We know that women are still disproportionately underrepresented in senior positions but we are also aware that women often seek to ‘work differently’ and ‘be differently’ in academia.

We would like to understand your perspectives and to provide a space for you to share your experiences. We would also like to know how satisfied you are as a female academic, and for you to identify the challenges and benefits you have experienced and are currently experiencing in terms of your academic work.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Participation involves the completion of an anonymous online survey. You are invited to volunteer 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey. Please be aware that 12 of the questions are open-ended, and so you are very welcome to take much more time to respond and elaborate or expand on the topics if you wish to. There are 23 questions in the survey including demographic questions, satisfaction-related questions and open-ended questions. By completing the survey you are providing your consent to be involved in the survey and for the data you provide to be used in related/future research projects. Your identity will not be known at any stage. If you find that the questions stimulate recollections, emotions and thinking about negative experiences please know that you can discontinue the survey at any time without any need to explain. A Project information sheet is also available.

The survey can be found here. Please pass on this survey link to your female colleagues and local networks.

Once the survey responses have been gathered and analysed, the findings will be used to support understanding of female academics’ perspectives and experiences of their work. A summary of results will be prepared and presented online at the following website.

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