Research in Action

Research in Action is a weekly podcast about topics and issues related to research in higher education from experts across a range of disciplines. Episodes are posted weekly and include guest interviews and occasional solo episodes. Guests are from a range of higher education institutions and share their expertise on qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods as well as their personal experiences as researchers; research and writing practices; organizational and productivity strategies; and much more. Some weeks, bonus content is also posted. Research in Action is hosted by Dr. Katie Linder, the research director for Oregon State University Ecampus. Show notes with information regarding topics discussed in each episode, as well as the transcript for each episode, can be found at the Research in Action website at There are several ways to connect with the Research in Action podcast. Visit to post a comment about a specific episode, suggest a future guest, or ask a question that could be featured in a future episode. You can also offer feedback about Research in Action episodes or share research-related resources by contacting the podcast via Twitter @RIA_podcast using the hashtag #ria_podcast or emailing Finally, you can call the Research in Action voicemail line at 541-737-1111 to ask a question or leave a comment. The Research in Action podcast is a resource funded by Oregon State University Ecampus – ranked one of the nation’s best providers of online education with more than 40 degree programs and over 1,000 classes online. Learn more about Ecampus by visiting This podcast is produced by the Ecampus Multimedia team.
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Mar 3, 2017

On this episode, I am joined by Dr. Therese Huston, who is looking to change how we see women as decision-makers.  The New York Times calls her book, "How Women Decide," “required reading on Wall Street.” Therese is a cognitive scientist at Seattle University, where she helps intelligent people make smart choices.  She’s written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review and The Guardian, and her work has been featured on NPR. In October 2016, Therese gave her first TEDx talk on women and decision-making.  Harvard University Press published Therese’s first book, Teaching What You Don't Know, which won a Book of the Year Award in Education from Foreword Literary Reviews.

Therese received her BA from Carleton College, a B.S. and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh.  She founded the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Seattle University. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel, play with numbers, spend time with her husband and dog, and bake amazing gluten-free chocolate cake.

Show Notes

Segment 1: How Women Decide [00:00-14:01]

In this first segment, Therese shares about how her book How Women Decide came to be.

Segment 2: How Women Decide for Higher Ed [14:02-23:39]

In segment two, Therese shares some of the strategies from How Women Decide that can be applied to higher education.

Segment 3: The Complexities of Looking at Gender Issues [23:40-35:07]

In segment three, Therese shares about transitioning to a new research area of studying gender in mid-career.

Bonus Clip #1 [00:00-07:37]: Finding and Working with a Literary Agent

Bonus Clip #2 [00:00-03:53]: Benefits of Setting "Tripwires" in Your Professional Life

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