ERIC Number: ED451745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Women in Academe: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back.
American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Data from a variety of sources are presented to identify and outline issues associated with the recruitment, retention, and progress of women psychologists in their careers in academe. Women earned approximately two-thirds of the 1997 doctorates in psychology, and today they make up about 4 in 10 of the full-time psychology faculty in a four-year institution. However, women are substantially less likely to have tenure; 30% of women faculty are tenured, compared with 52% of men. Nonsupportive institutional climate continues to be a critical issue at departmental and college/university levels. Women have excelled as teachers of psychology, but some still experience bias in the evaluation of their teaching or lack of support for teaching. Women are making substantial contributions to psychological research, but continue to meet career obstacles. Women faculty, especially women of color, tend to be overburdened with service obligations such as excessive advising or committee loads. Findings also show that underrepresentation of ethnic minorities continues to be a severe problem and a barrier to the full participation of women psychologists in academe. Recommendations are made to improve climate, compensation, and accountability for women psychologists in academe. (Contains 21 tables and 188 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Career Development, College Faculty, Females, Higher Education, Promotion (Occupational), Psychologists, Sex Discrimination, Tables (Data)
Women's Programs Office, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242. Tel: 202-336-6044; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.