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.


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