ERIC Number: ED455722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v10 n2 Sep 2001
This essay explores the questions that women faculty in institutions of all kinds have been pondering. What would be the attributes of a higher education system that provides opportunities for growth and advancement to women that are equal to those provided for men? What aspects of academic culture would have to change to create a more equitable distribution of opportunity for women and men? Women now make up a substantial share of the academy, but the efforts and achievement of women, who are concentrated at the lower levels of administration and teaching, are still devalued at nearly every stage of their careers. To remedy these inequities, higher education must develop "gender intelligence," characterized by an enhanced ability to recognize and reward human achievement that contributes to an institution's mission, whether the work of men or women. Recommendations for bringing this change about include: (1) recast the canonical picture of what it means to have a successful career track; (2) make leaders of those who understand the need for change; (3) create productive venues for the telling and hearing of stories, the personal experiences of faculty members; (4) review institutional data comparing the professional experience of men and women; (5) develop policies and programs that support faculty who seek a balance between the demands of career and family; and (6) heighten the awareness of how the devaluation of women faculty persists. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Administration, College Faculty, Females, Gender Issues, Higher Education, Sex Fairness
For full text: http://www.irhe.upenn.edu/pubs.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Knight Higher Education Collaborative, Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Based on a Roundtable on the Opportunities for Women in Higher Education, jointly convened in January 2001 by the American Association of University Women and the Knight Collaborative. Published three times per year.