Documenting Employment Conditions of Faculty: Parenting, COVID-19, and Gender Equity at the University of Hawaiʻi


Noreen Kohl, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Marina Karides, Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
Nathalie Rita, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate, University of Hawaii at Mānoa

Presenter Bios

Noreen Kohl is a Sociology Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Her work focuses on social inequalities at the intersections of gender equity, racism, mental health, and the criminal legal system. Noreen is committed to making academic research more accessible through data-driven writing and policy work. She is currently a research assistant on the NSF BRIDGE project. Noreen is also currently teaching university sociology courses and preparing to defend her dissertation about the long-term impact of police encounters on young adult lives. Noreen’s passion projects include advocating for policies that improve access and equity, including universal, paid family leave programs.

Dr. Marina Karides is Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at UH Mānoa. She serves as PI of the NSF ADVANCE grant, Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity (BRIDGE). BRIDGE is an instutional assessment project, collecting in-depth interviews and surveys on the worplace experiences of faculty at UHCCs, UH Hilo, and UH West Oahu. The grant also supports a mentorship and coaching training program for faculty. Dr. Karidesʻ broader research includes island studies, alternative economics, intersectional and decolonial feminisms, political economy, and global social movements.

Nathalie Rita is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where her research largely focuses on social inequalities, race and racism, and migration. She initially joined the BRIDGE project as a research assistant in 2018, and was promoted to lead researcher in 2020.


The Building Relationships to Increase Diversity and Gender Equity (BRIDGE) project, an NSF funded ADVANCE program to support diversity in STEM, will present findings on employment conditions among parents at two-year and four-year institutions within the University of Hawai’i system. Findings are based on surveys administered during the 2020-2021 academic year and in-depth interviews conducted between 2018-2021. Our analyses of the data suggest that faculty at the UHCCs, UH Hilo, and UH West Oahu would benefit from better intervention on the part of administrators to address workplace concerns. In particular, our data demonstrates that women faculty could better advance in their careers by UH adopting policies that support parents.

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Last modified: February 22, 2022