ERIC Number: ED044090
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May
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The Lot of the Woman: A Report on The National Survey of Undergraduate English Programs.
Bulletin of the Association of Departments of English, n25, p53-59, May 1970
There is widespread belief that those in charge of selecting and promoting college teachers of English discriminate against women, either deliberately or unwittingly. An investigation of professed policies and actual practices of departments across the country revealed however, that the woman's lot is no longer simply that of a persecuted minority. Eighty-six percent of all English departments in the country asserted that they had no tradition or policy against appointing women, and many indicated that they were actively seeking competent female teachers. Women have full-time positions in 84.9% of all college English departments; 72.4% have female Assistant Professors, 46.6% have female Associate Professors; and 43.7% have female Professors. The average percentage of full-time department members at each rank who are women is 37.7% of the Instructors, 36.1% of the Assistant Professors, 24.7% of the Associate Professors, and 23.5% of the Professors. Though the proportion of women who have risen to the upper ranks is considerably smaller than the proportion of men, this may be due less to discrimination than to the fact that more women than men drop out of the profession or fail to pursue their professional career with full energy and dedication. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Association of Departments of English, New York, NY.
Note: A report on The National Survey of Undergraduate English Programs