Gender Matters – it seems it does in faculty hiring.

Woman with qualifications My long-time friend from CAMAwise, Esther Haines, sent me this great article about whether it makes a difference having a woman in the top job when it comes to faculty hiring. It appears that women have made slow but steady progress in representation on college boards and this seems to be having a positive effect on the number of female faculty members. Cornell Higher Education Research Institute released a study undertaken over a long period of time, and a large sample of institutions, which could give value to the argument that change at the top of institutions could lead to change at junior faculty level. According to the report of a recent National Research Council committee, there is evidence that the gender of the chair of a faculty search committee can influence the likelihood that female Ph.D.'s will apply for a position in science and engineering fields at major research universities. More research is needed on deans and department chairs to see if having women in leadership is related to the hiring of more women, but the results would appear to be positive for women, particularly in science and engineering.

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