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 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.


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 16.3% 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. (2017) 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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