Women in THE SCIENTIST
mertz at ONCOLOGY.WISC.EDU
Tue Dec 2 19:28:13 EST 1997
Cindy Fuller wrote: "We may get the postdocs, and some of us may get
> the first academic positions, but what happens at tenure time? What
> happens when it comes time to find a new department chair?
I am on a Committee on Women in the University here in Madison. Our
analysis of the data at the University of Wisconsin is that getting
tenure used to be a big problem for women, especially in the physical
sciences. However, recently the rates of achieving tenure have been
similar for men and women (except in the medical school?), possibly
due to the institution of both informal mentoring with other women
faculty and formal, required mentoring and annual review of all
tenure-track faculty. The big remaining leak in the pipeline is in
the hiring of women into tenure-track positions in the first place.
Women and minorities continue to be grossly underrepresented in the
pool of applicants. Are women self-selecting themselves out of
high-powered positions and/or white males inducing applications
through the old boys network?
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