Report of the Committee on Employment Issues
The Committee on Employment Issues focused on evaluating gender equity in salary and time-in-rank data for tenured/tenure-track faculty. The committee compiled relevant datasets for examining the composition, compensation and promotion issues for each of the 11 most recent academic years (2004-14).
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The Female Faculty Headcount graph, Chart 1, shows the changes in female tenured/tenure track faculty in each of the colleges and schools as well as aggregated for the total university tenured/tenure track faculty. The left axis shows the counts for the individual schools, and the right axis shows the count for the total university. From 2004-14 the total number of tenured/tenure-track female faculty grew from 502 to 615 (solid black line), an increase of almost 22.5 percent.
The Female Faculty Percentage graph, Chart 2, shows the percentages of tenured/tenure track faculty who are female by college and for the total university. In 2004, females comprised 27.3 percent of total tenured/tenure-track faculty, and in 2014 that number was 32.4 percent.
The committee’s analyses also assessed gender differences in salary and observed the resulting gender difference in faculty salaries across the university. It is estimated that male professors earned about 2.3 percent more in salaries than did females in 2014, after taking into account important explanatory factors for differences in salary across individuals (i.e., experience, field and rank).
Chart 3, Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty Gender Pay Differences, shows that these percentages vary across the colleges. This analysis was also conducted for each year from 2004 to 2014, and as Chart 4 Gender Pay Differences shows, the percentage differences between male and female faculty (the pay gap) has been generally getting much smaller over the period.
The committee also has begun investigating potential gender differences in promotion from 2004 to 2014, comparing male versus female assistant professors who were promoted to associate professor. They will work with the other committees to synthesize the results of the Faculty Climate Survey and compare them with corresponding results based on the 2008 Gender Equity Task Force Report. Finally, the committee is creating a corresponding database (containing headcount, salary and time in rank data) for non-tenured faculty and will conduct similar analyses.
Tasha Beretvas, College of Education (co-chair)
Laura Starks, McCombs School of Business (co-chair)
Lynn Baker, School of Law
Jane Champion, School of Nursing
Sue Cox, Dell Medical School
Shelley Payne, College of Natural Sciences
Bob Wilson, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Janet Ellzey1, International Office
Sue Heinzelman1, Center for Women & Gender Studies
Lynn Katz1, Faculty Women's Organization