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ERIC Number: ED485718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Pages: 115
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 62
ISBN: ISBN-1-879922-34-7
Tenure Denied: Cases of Sex Discrimination in Academia
Dyer, Susan K., Ed.
American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
This report focuses on women who took their fight for tenure to the courts. Drawing on 19 cases supported by the American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund since 1981, we document the challenge of fighting sex discrimination in academia. In the process, we illustrate the overt and subtle forms of sex discrimination that continue to bar women from tenure, the most venerated and secure status of academia. Sex discrimination in tenure decisions is not just unfair; it also has repercussions in the workplace and in society in general. Universities and colleges have been powerful cultural institutions in western culture since medieval times. Today, the college degree has become the standard credential used by employers to screen applicants for most better-paying jobs. Tenured faculty control curriculum and grading and, in so doing, play a central role in determining this credential. As teachers and mentors, professors help shape the intellect and social conscience of their students and, hence, of our society. Offering students a faculty as diverse as the world they live in and ensuring the fairness of the promotion process is thus of tremendous importance. The burgeoning pipeline of women professors with doctorates has yet to translate into full gender equity among tenured faculty. As the stories described in this report demonstrate, sex discrimination remains a critical part of the problem. Appended are: (1) Tables; (2) Selected Resources; and (3) Cited Tenure Cases Supported by the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Women Educational Foundation, Washington, DC.; American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund, Washington, DC.