# Report on the Status of Women Faculty at The University of Texas at Austin - 1986 to 1999 Executive Summary

The recent study of women at UT Austin prepared by the Provost’s office summarizes data from 1986 to 1999 on indices related to faculty salary and numbers of women faculty by rank in each department. These data sets are indicative of the climate for women and the status of women in the various schools and colleges at UT Austin.

The various tables of the report present, by department, the number of males and females who hold the positions of Chair, Professorship, Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor. Below each of these figures, a comparison is made between the average salary of males and females in each of these positions. Finally, a comparison is made between the ratio of male and female faculty to the ratio of male and female undergraduate and graduate students in each department.

The analysis of salary data should be explained further. Salary data was obtained for each year from 1986 to 1999. Data was available for the average salary of males in the positions of Chair, Professorship, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor. Similar salary data was available for females in each of these positions. The average salary of males and females in each of these positions was used to compute their percentage of the average department salary. An example is provided to clarify:

Assume that Department X has 10 male Associate Professors with an average salary of Mav=\$60,000, and 2 female Associate Professors with an average salary of Fav=\$50,000. The Department average salary for Associate Professors, Dav, is Dav=[10 x \$60,000 + 2 x \$50,000] / 12 = \$58,333. The percent of the Department average for male associate professors is M% = Mav / Dav = 103%. The percent of the department average for female Associate Professors is F% = Fav / Dav = 86%.

Salary Data and Number of Female Faculty

In looking at just the salary data, it would be fair to conclude that the situation looks quite good with regard to gender equity. There are pockets of possible inequity. For example, in the School of Architecture, the salary situation appears to be improving but less so at the assistant professor level. In the College of Education, women’s proportion of the salary appears a bit lower across departments. In Business, women’s average salary appears a bit lower in some departments, particularly in the Department of Finance.

In pursuing these data and drawing conclusions, it is as important to note that some colleges, schools and departments continue to employ relatively few women faculty. Among the colleges and schools, cases in point are Architecture, LBJ School, Law, and Engineering. Departments with relatively few women faculty include Economics, the Physical Science Depts., Educational Administration, Finance, Geography, and Government.