Mobilizing women professors
Tomorrow I am going to the second meeting in a research group and research project I am really excited about!
The project falls in the category of Research, Development and Innovation and it is focused on how to get more women to qualify for professorship at my institution. A subgoal is to focus on thought leadership as a central component of the future professor role.
I will keep YOU! my readers of this blog updated on what's going on in this Project, which has been labeled KLOK - an acronym for Kvinnelige forskere (Female scientists) Læring (Learning), Organisasjon (Organization) and Kjønnsbalanse (Gender Balance). The idea is that in order to get more women to acquire professorship, we need to focus on organizational changes, leadership development and systemic solutions, as well as measures directed at actual candidates on an individual or group level.
Although the Project is situated at our institution and will focus on achieving conrete and measurable results in the form of the qualification of many more women professors in the years to come, we are also committed to acquiring knowledge about what seems to works and what doesn't work towards this goal, and share the knowledge with a larger community. As you may imagine, this is not a unique 'problem' for our institution, nor for higher institutions in Norway more generally, but rather, and unfortunately, it is a world wide phenomenon.
Tomorrow, I am Meeting up With Our Project leader, Jorun Margrethe Ulvestad - who is also a part of the top leadership team at our institution, and the two other researchers, Brit Olaug Bolken Ballangrund (PhD) and Sigrun Svenkerud (PhD) - and we will start to get more specific about the kind of research will we be conducting as part of this Project. More will follow!