Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gender and UGA Faculty

I posted yesterday data on the racial/ethnic breakdowns of UGA faculty by college.  Someone said they'd like to see the gender breakdowns as well.  And here they are.  Keep in mind these are fulltime faculty only, as of Spring 2012, and is based on UGA data available if you know how and where to root around for it.  Any mistakes are my own.  So it's the All for UGA and each college, percentages of each gender.

Male Female
All 65.7 34.3
Agri and Env 84.6 15.4
Arts and Sci 66.8 33.2
Business 74.5 25.5
Ecology 63.2 36.8
Education 45.4 54.6
Env and Design 71.9 28.1
Fam Cons Sci 38.3 61.7
Forestry 87.0 13.0
Journalism 61.0 39.0
Law 54.7 45.3
Pharmacy 73.5 26.5
Public Health 48.8 51.2
Pub Intl Affairs 83.3 16.7
Social Work 34.8 65.2
Vet Med 58.1 41.9

So what we can tell from the data above?  First, I need a different hobby.  Second, there are few surprises on which are the "manly" colleges (Forestry, then Agricultural and Environmental Science).  The largest proportion of women are found in Social Work, which by the way is also where we find, by far, the largest proportion of African American faculty.  Not a surprise, mind you, but important nonetheless.

About two-thirds of all UGA faculty are male, and a number of colleges are seriously out of whack when it comes to the proportion of males to females.  I mentioned two above, but also raising questions are Public and International Affairs, Business, and Pharmacy.  Given their lousy statistics on race/ethnicity as well, you'd want to take a closer look.  In fairness, you can only hire faculty available to you in searches, and who want to come to UGA.  In other words, you can only swim in the pool presented to you. 

That said, according to UGA data on fulltime faculty, Business is 2 percent black and 25.5 percent female -- far below the University average.  Forestry?  Zero percent black and 13 percent female.  Pharmacy?  Zero percent black and 26.5 percent female.

Yeah, Houston.  We've got a problem.

I have no doubt this has come up in each college or school.  I know my own college got in trouble with accreditors many years ago on this very issue -- both on faculty and student representation and our efforts to recruit both.  I assume other schools face similar problems.  Or maybe they don't.  Dunno.

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