Report of the Climate and Family/Health Issues Committee
Following on the Gender Equity Council’s spring 2015 survey of faculty satisfaction, the Climate Committee has been working to tease out the reasons for statistically significant differences in men’s and women’s responses to particular questions on that survey, especially on these issues:
- Service demands
- Experience with family-friendly policies.
- Satisfaction with work-life balance
- UT’s efforts in recruiting students and faculty
In order to collect qualitative data to add to the quantitative analysis of that survey, the Committee held four 2-hour focus groups in fall 2015. We talked with 16 associate professors and 5 full professors, who represented 11 of the 16 UT colleges and schools. These sessions allowed us to discuss and delve more deeply into the source of certain perceived inequities brought to light by the survey.
In spring 2016, we will talk with assistant professors and non-tenure-track faculty in another series of four focus groups. Results of the qualitative analysis of these talks will be made available by end of spring 2016.
- Hillary Hart, Cockrell School of Engineering - Chair
- Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, Moody College of Communication
- Nichole Wiedemann, School of Architecture
- Martha Hilley, College of Fine Arts
- Victoria Rodriguez, LBJ School of Public Affairs
- Lynn Westbrook, School of Information
- Carolyn Brown, College of Pharmacy
- Lee Ann Kahlor, Moody College of Communication
Report of the Committee on Data Analysis
The Data Analysis Committee's analysis focused efforts in the 2015 fall semester on taking as much repeated information as possible from both the 2007 and the 2015 Climate Surveys to compare responses by gender over time. The primary focus was given to tenure and tenure-track faculty, and analyzed:
- Course loads
- Committee work
- Perceptions of departmental culture
- Satisfaction with salary and workload
- Evaluation of work-family policies and programs
They also began analysis by college and/or disciplinary groupings to look at changes over time and variability in 2015 responses across groups. View the presentation below of issues and trends identified in the climate survey.
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The preliminary report shows where gender differences emerge in 2015 overall at UT, as well as how those differences compare to data reported in the 2007 report. The committee concluded the mid-year report by showing opinion trends among the faculty over time irrespective of gender, where they found negative perception regarding pay and support alongside positive perceptions in shared governance and collaborative decision-making at the unit level.
- Jennifer Glass, College of Liberal Arts - Chair
- Sue Cox, Dell Medical School
- Catherine Cubbin, School of Social Work
- Tasha Beretvas, College of Education
- Phil Bennet, Jackson School of Geosciences
- Janet Dukerich, Office of the Provost - ex officio
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. They compiled and analyzed relevant datasets for examining the composition, compensation and promotion issues from 2004-15.
Composition Key Findings
- The percentage of tenure and tenure track female professors increased campus-wide from 27.7% to 32.9% from 2004-2015.
- The number of female full professors relative to male professors has been increasing over time, due largely to more women receiving their Ph.D.'s in recent years.
- The percentages of female associate and assistant professors is much higher than full professors, due largely to the representation of women earning advanced degrees has increased and the university has hired more female professors.
Salary Key Findings
- Several important factors impact salary, including experience, rank and years in rank.
- In 2008 Final Report of the Gender Equity Task Force, a difference was found between male and female professors.
- Since 2004, the gap in salary has decreased from -6.5% to -4.6%. Progress has been made, but more work needs to be done.
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- Laura Starks, McCombs School of Business - Co-chair
- Tasha Beretvas, College of Education - Co-chair
- Lynn Baker, School of Law
- Shelley Payne, College of Natural Sciences
- Jane Champion, School of Nursing
- Marvin Hackert, Graduate Studies
- Andrea Gore, Faculty Council
- Raji Srinivasan, McCombs School of Business
- Sue Heinzelman, Center for Women & Gender Studies