University Faculty Gender Equity Council

gender equity meeting

A Campus-wide Approach

In 2014, The University Gender Equity Council (UGEC), a university-wide initiative focused on promoting faculty gender equity, was established to tackle comprehensive efforts across campus. College-level councils were also formed to address challenges specific to those units.


The UGEC is composed of three sub-committees: Climate and Family/Health Issues, Data Analysis, and Employment Issues. The sub-committees admistered a Faculty Climate Survey during April and May of 2015, and analyzed the data. A detailed analysis of the data was shared with the deans of the colleges across campus, and appropriate responses were created.

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, the UGEC will work closely with each dean, the Council for Racial and Ethnic Equity and Diversity (CREED), and other standing committees to help develop a diversity and inclusion action plan for each college and school. Committees will focus on a wide range of issues including: conducting more inclusive searches and addressing implicit bias, recruiting strategies to actively broaden candidate pools, developing mentoring programs for junior faculty, addressing equity issues, and focusing on ways to create a more inclusive environment for our faculty. Also for the 2016-2017 academic year, the council formed a new committee that will focus on the implementation of best practices. 

Committee Information

Committee on Climate and Family/Health Issues

Learn more about the Committee on Climate and Family/Health Issues and view their 2015-2016 report.

Committee on Data Analysis

Learn more about the Committee on Data Analysis and view their 2015-2016 report.

Committee on Employment Issues

Learn more about the Committee on Employment Issues and view their 2015-2016 report.


As a result of the 2008 Gender Equity Task Force Report, there was a movement on campus to form a council that would promote an equitable environment for faculty at The University of Texas at Austin. Following this report, a university-wide council was established as well as college-level gender equity councils. The Council for the Status of Women Faculty and the University Gender Equity Council, created in 2013, were combined in 2014 to form the University Faculty Gender Equity Council.

2016-2017 UGEC Membership

Chair: Janet Dukerich, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Lynn Baker, School of Law
Phil Bennett, Jackson School of Geosciences
Tasha Beretvas, College of Education
Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram, School of Architecture
Jane Champion, School of Nursing
Sue Cox, Dell Medical School
Catherine Cubbin, School of Social Work
Jennifer Glass, College of Liberal Arts
Martha Hilley, College of Fine Arts
Lynn Katz, Cockrell School of Engineering
Shelley Payne, College of Natural Sciences
Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Moody College of Communication
Victoria Rodriguez, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Laura Starks, McCombs School of Business
Holli Temple, College of Pharmacy
Lynn Westbrook, School of Information

Ex Officio Members:
Wills Brown, Graduate Student Assembly
Sergio Cavazos, President of the Senate of College Councils
Marvin Hackert, Graduate Studies
Amanda Hager, Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee, Faculty Council
Sue Heinzelman, Center for Women & Gender Studies
Jody Jensen, Chair of Faculty Council Executive Committee
Linda Reichl, Chair of the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility