Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Business Meeting #25
Supporting Underrepresented Communities in Academia
Friday, May 24, 2024
7:00 PM–8:00 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 6
Chair: Noor Younus Syed (SUNY Empire State College; Anderson Center International; Endicott College), Shahla Ala'i (University of North Texas)
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Data indicate fewer female faculty have a rank of associate professor or higher, yet female faculty report engaging in more hours of university and professional service (American Council of Education, 2016; Guarino & Borden, 2017). Li and colleagues (2017) investigated publicly available ranks of faculty members in behavior analysis and found that while over 50% of the sample identified as women, twice as many faculty identified as men were full professors, a higher tenured rank. Mean salaries across each academic rank investigated were higher for men than women. Data further suggest inequity is also present with faculty who identify within the BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) communities; BIPOC faculty often engage in disproportionately more mentorship and service activities than their White counterparts (Barber et al., 2020; Jordan et al., 2021; Rodriguez et al., 2015). Additionally, while the number of BIPOC students earning degrees in behavior analysis increased steadily from 2021 to 2017, this is still a small proportion of the students earning these degrees (Levy et al., 2021). The goal of this meeting is to bring together individuals in behavior analysis who are interested in creating a special interest group (SIG) to support colleagues from underrepresented communities who are currently in, or are hoping to be in, academia at any level, student or faculty. We will gauge interest and will discuss information needed to form a SIG, as well as resources and supports that may be helpful. We welcome colleagues from all geographic regions globally. This meeting and initiative is being jointly supported by Drs. Shahla Alai and Noor Syed.

Keyword(s): academia, DEI, underrepresented



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