University Faculty Gender Equity Council

gender equity meeting

A Campus-Wide Approach

In 2014, the University Faculty 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.


As a result of theĀ 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 UT 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 combined in 2014 to form the University Faculty Gender Equity Council (UGEC).

The UGEC is composed of three sub-committees: Best Practices, Data Analysis, and Employment Issues. The committees 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.

Committee Information

Committee on Best Practices

Learn more about the Committee on Best Practices and view their 2016-2017 report.

Committee on Data Analysis

Learn more about the Committee on Data Analysis and view their 2016-2017 reports.

Committee on Employment Issues

Learn more about the Committee on Employment Issues and view their 2017-2018 reports.

2017-18 Gender Equity Council members:

Name Affiliation
Janet Dukerich, chair Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Lynn Katz Cockrell School of Engineering
Tasha Beretvas College of Education
Martha Hilley College of Fine Arts
Jennifer Glass College of Liberal Arts
Shelley Payne College of Natural Sciences
Holli Temple College of Pharmacy
Susan Cox Dell Medical School
Phil Bennett Jackson School of Geosciences
Victoria Rodriguez Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Laura Starks McCombs School of Business
Maggie Rivas Rodriguez Moody College of Communication
Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram School of Architecture
Lynn Westbrook School of Information
Angie Littwin School of Law
Jane Dimmit Champion School of Nursing
Catherine Cubbin Steve Hicks School of Social Work
Steven Hoelscher Chair of Faculty Council Executive Committee
Brian Evans Chair of the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility
Susan Heinzelman Director of the Center for Women & Gender Studies
Mark Smith Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Amanda Hager Chair of the Faculty Welfare Committee
Austin Reynolds President of the Senate of College Councils
Samantha Fuchs Graduate Student Assembly