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New Analysis of Faculty Pay, Representation

December 10, 2020

Women and people of color make less money and have less job security than their white, male counterparts in academe, according to a new “snapshot” analysis of federal data from 2018 by the American Association of University Professors. “That these data sets predate the advent of COVID-19 is cause for true alarm and also a clear call to action,” Rana Jaleel, assistant professor of gender, sexuality and women’s studies at the University of California, Davis, and chair of the AAUP’s Committee on Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, said in a statement.

Women make up 43 percent of full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members and 54 percent of full-time, non-tenure-track professors, according to the report. Salaries for female full-time faculty members are approximately 81 percent of men’s over all, and female tenure-track and tenured professors in particular make 82 percent of what their male counterparts do. Women are 50 percent of assistant professors, 45 percent of associate professors and 34 percent of full professors.

Underrepresented minority faculty members are 13 percent of full-time professors but 33 percent of the U.S. population. Five percent of full-time faculty members are Latinx, compared to 18 percent of the population. Six percent of full-timers are Black, compared to 13 percent of the population.

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Colleen Flaherty

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at the Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. Before that, she covered government and land use issues for the Greenwich Time and Hersam Acorn Newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008 as part of the New York City Teaching Fellows program. 

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