ERIC Number: ED473075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
What Do We Have To Hide? Data and Diversity. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Trower, Cathy A.
Despite 30 years of affirmative action, the full-time tenured professoriate, especially at research universities, is composed almost entirely of white males. In fact, 91% of full professors at research universities are white, and 75% are male. Of part-time faculty, 85% are white, and 64% are male. Illuminating these data makes some policymakers, administrators, and faculty defensive, which might explain, in part, why data play a relatively limited role in decision-making about faculty employment policies. Perhaps anecdote and rhetoric about tenure and faculty abound because the data are not defensible. This paper reveals employment data, from many sources, about faculty race and gender, and examines what data providers and data users might do differently in order to increase the import of such information in policymaking. (Contains 12 tables and 30 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).