Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty Levels

Female tenure/tenure-track faculty are not represented at the highest levels of tenure when compared to their male counterparts. As of the 2014-15 academic year, only 32.8% of female tenure/tenure-track faculty were classified as Full Professors, compared with 51.8% of male tenure/tenure-track faculty.

Source: Yoder, B. L. (2016) Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education. Graph is attached.

However, the situation is slowly improving. Since 2004, the percentage of full professors in engineering that are female increased from 6% to 9% in 2013. Computing professors have also seen an increase, from 10% to 13%.

Source: Corbett, C., & Hill, C. (2015). Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. Washington, DC: American Association of University Women.

On average, only 15.7% of tenure/tenure-track faculty in U.S. colleges of engineering in the U.S. are women. Life science-related disciplines have the largest percentages of female tenure/tenure-track faculty, with about 1 in 5 tenure/tenure-track faculty being female. Aerospace, nuclear, mining, and petroleum engineering disciplines have the lowest inclusion of female faculty, with only about 1 in 10 tenure/tenure-track faculty being female.

Source: Yoder, B. L. (2016) Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.

SWE Efforts to Increase Female Representation among Engineering and Computer Science Faculty

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