ERIC Number: ED290393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-30
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Level of Female Participation: An Overlooked Factor in Salary Differences among Faculty Disciplines?
Discipline is generally recognized as among the more important determinants of faculty salary. Discipline differences in faculty salary are normally accepted at face value, assumed to be the result of market forces. (The same assumption is commonly made about wage differences among occupations.) This paper reports on findings from an analysis of aggregate data on average salary and level of female participation in faculty disciplines. The discipline salary averages were taken from the annual "Faculty Salary Survey by Discipline," a national survey conducted by Oklahoma State University. Five years of salary data were used. Female participation rates were derived from doctoral degree recipient data reported by the National Center for Education Statistics. Findings suggest that there may be a link between the levels of average faculty salary and female participation in disciplines. The consistency of findings (for individual disciplines, for broad divisions of disciplines, in selected years, and across time) suggests the need for a critical appraisal of the market rationale for discipline differences in faculty salary. (Author/KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association for Institutional Research and the Society for College and University Planning (New Orleans, LA, October 28-30, 1987).