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ERIC Number: ED525767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 202
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-7566-0
Gender Inequities in Academe and Faculty Perceptions of Family-Friendly Policies
Ramirez, Susan M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
This study explored faculty members' perceived importance of family-friendly policies in academia, the extent to which faculty perceive academic institutions as having a social responsibility to make the academy more family-friendly, participants' endorsement of gender-biased norms, and whether the faculty members who participated in this study are considering "opting-out" of academia. Key constructs that were explored include: "the ideal worker norm, the motherhood norm, the maternal wall", and "bias avoidance". Methodological limitations and the implications for this study were discussed. The participants of this study were 243 female and male tenure-track and tenured faculty members from graduate departments from six nationally accredited, public, U.S. doctoral-granting research universities. The results indicated that although most faculty do not intend to "opt-out" of academia, a substantial proportion reported that they are considering leaving their current institution, or leaving academia entirely. Further, although faculty members' perceptions of whether a family-friendly policy is of personal importance varied, the overwhelming majority of respondents expressed support for such policies. Finally, on average, faculty members did not endorse gender-biased beliefs toward caregiving, with women being less likely to endorse such beliefs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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