Female tenure/tenure-track faculty are not represented at the highest levels of tenure when compared to their male counterparts. As of the 2015-16 academic year, only 32.8% of female tenure/tenure-track faculty were classified as Full Professors, compared with 52.1% of male tenure/tenure-track faculty.
Source: Yoder, B. L. (2017) Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.
On average, only 16.9% 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 and nuclear engineering disciplines have the lowest inclusion of female faculty, where less than 12% of tenure/tenure-track faculty are female.
Source: Yoder, B. L. (2018) Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.
SWE Efforts to Increase Female Representation among Engineering and Computer Science Faculty
- NSF ASSIST: Strengthening Engineering Faculty through Diversity Serving Professional Organization Engagement
- 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.
- Yoder, B. L. (2018). Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education