Trauth wins journal award for women in IT research

June 17, 2009

It’s no secret that the information technology field is male-dominated, but why is it that way? That question has been on Eileen M. Trauth’s mind for the past 20 years.

In that time, Trauth has worked to identify factors preventing women from choosing IT careers – conducting interviews with women around the world and forging partnerships with companies and communities. One recent research paper in this area was recognized with the Outstanding Published Journal Article Award from the IGI Global Excellence in Information Technology Research Journal Award Program.

Trauth, professor of information sciences and technology (IST) at Penn State University, along with Jeria Quesenberry of Carnegie Mellon University and Haiyan Huang of Purdue University, won the award for the paper, “A Multicultural Analysis of Factors Influencing Career Choice for Women in the Information Technology Workforce.” The paper appeared in the Journal of Global Information Management.

Quesenberry received her doctorate from the College of IST in 2007 and Huang also will receive her doctorate from the College of IST in August.

The IGI Global Excellence in Information Technology Research Journal Award Program highlights the most innovative, high quality and outstanding research accomplishments and publications of 2008. Selection criteria included: innovation in approach and/or subject matter, outstanding contribution to research literature, and relevance to practice and further research.

This paper was completed while Trauth was on sabbatical in Austria as the Fulbright-University of Klagenfurt Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies. During this time, she also developed and taught two courses on the relationship between gender and the global information technology profession.

In her teaching, she drew upon her research that examines the influence of socio-cultural influences on women in the IT profession. In her research, she interviewed female IT professionals in selected regions of the U.S and countries including Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.

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