2. We are the 20%

Updated Statistics on Female Faculty in Earth Sciences in the U.S.

  1. Mary Anne Holmes,
  2. Suzanne OConnell and
  3. Kuheli Dutt
  1. Jennifer B. Glass

Published Online: 8 MAY 2015

DOI: 10.1002/9781119067573.ch2

Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity

Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity

How to Cite

Glass, J. B. (2015) We are the 20%, in Women in the Geosciences: Practical, Positive Practices Toward Parity (eds M. A. Holmes, S. OConnell and K. Dutt), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. doi: 10.1002/9781119067573.ch2

Author Information

  1. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 MAY 2015
  2. Published Print: 24 APR 2015

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119067856

Online ISBN: 9781119067573

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Keywords:

  • earth science;
  • female faculty;
  • graduate programs

Summary

This paper presents data on the numbers of female and male professors at the 106 top US earth science PhD-ranting graduate programs during the 2010–2011 academic year. Overall, 20% of earth science faculty at PhD-granting research universities were women (470 female faculty members out of 2,324 total). By rank, 36% of assistant professors, 24% of associate professors, and 13% of full professors were women. Large ranges in percentages (0%–40%) of female professors were observed between departments. No geographic trends were observed, nor was there any correlation between the national ranking of department and the percentage of women faculty. A small positive correlation between the size of the department and the percentage of female faculty was present as department sizes increased from 5 to 30 faculty members, and a small decline occurred between 30 to 50 faculty. Percentages of tenured female faculty were generally lower than the total percentage of female faculty members in each department. The top 5 departments in terms of percentages of female faculty were SUNY Buffalo Department of Geology (40%), Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge Department of Geology and Geophysics (40%), University of New Hampshire Department of Earth Sciences (37%), University of Massachusetts–Amherst Department of Geosciences (36%), and University of Nevada–Las Vegas Department of Geoscience (35%).