Women in the Academic Profession

Women academics sometimes face unique challenges to their entry and advancement in the academic profession, among them potential inequities in salary and promotion rates, sexual harassment, and discriminatory treatment.

The AAUP has long focused on issues of concern to female faculty members. Primarily through the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession and Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the AAUP has developed and issued policy statements, guidelines, workshops, and resources on equity in pay for female faculty, work/family, affirmative action, sexual harassment, and Title IX.

Committee on Women in the Academic Profession Facebook page

Resources on Women in Higher Education

Affirmative Action
Family and Work
Gender Equity
Gender Identity
Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence on Campus
Title IX
 

Affirmative Action

AAUP Annual Meeting Actions

Resolution on Affirmative Action. 1997. Passed by the Eighty-Third AAUP Annual Meeting.

AAUP Policy Statements and Analysis

Affirmative Action Plans: Recommended Procedures for Increasing the Number of Minority Persons and Women on College and University Faculties. 1983

On Discrimination. 1976

AAUP Legal Cases Affecting Women in Higher Education.2006

Affirmative Action Update. 2005. By Ann D. Springer, AAUP Associate Counsel.

Does Diversity Make a Difference? Three Research Studies on Diversity in College Classrooms Executive Summary. (.pdf) 2000. AAUP and American Council on Education.

Family/Work Issues

AAUP Policy Statements

Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work. 2001.

Other AAUP Resources

The Family and Medical Leave Act Handbook. 2013. By Saranna R. Thornton and Kathi S. Westcott.

Gender Equity

AAUP Policy Statements and Analysis

Statement of Principles on Family Responsibilities and Academic Work. 2001.

Persistent Inequity: Gender and Academic Employment. (.pdf) By John W. Curtis, Director of Research and Public Policy. Prepared for “New Voices in Pay Equity” An Event for Equal Pay Day, April 11, 2011.

Gender Equity Guidelines for Department Chairs. 2008

AAUP Faculty Gender Equity Indicators 2006. Prepared by Martha S. West, consultant to AAUP’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession, and John W. Curtis, AAUP Director of Research. This report provides data on four measures of gender equity for faculty at over 1,400 colleges and universities across the country.

Other AAUP Resources

Gender Equity Guidelines for Department Chairs. (2008). Prepared by Ann Higginbotham, Chair, and Anita Levy, AAUP Associate Secretary, for the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession.  These guidelines provide information for department chairs on maintaining a supportive and equitable academic environment for all faculty members, and particularly women faculty, in their departments.

Paychecks: A Guide to Conducting Salary-Equity Studies for Higher Education Faculty. 2002. An AAUP guidebook. 

Organizing Women Faculty. By Martha S. West.

"The AAUP and Women." By Mary Gray. Academe 101, no. 1 (2015): 46-52. A history of the AAUP's Committee W on Women in the Academic Profession.

Gender Identity

AAUP Policy Statements

The Assault on Gender and Gender Studies. 2018.

Other AAUP Resources

"Gender on Campus." Edited by Rana Jaleel. Academe 104, no. 6 (2018). A collection of articles exploring gender on campus through the lens of intersectional solidarity.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence on Campus

AAUP Policy Statements and Analysis*

Statement on Campus Sexual Assault. 2012. The AAUP’s Committee on Women in the Academic Profession issued this statement, adopted by the Association’s Council at its November 2012 meeting.

Sexual Harassment: Suggested Policy and Procedures for Handling Complaints. 1990 revision.

Due Process in Sexual Harassment Complaints, AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, Tenth Edition.

 Consensual Relationships Between Faculty and Students, AAUP Policy Documents and Reports, Tenth Edition.

Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Some Suggestions for Faculty Policies and Procedures. 2002.  By Donna R. Euben, AAUP Counsel. Informational outline.

Other Resources

United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague letter. April 4, 2011. New guidance to all colleges and universities clarifying Title IX regulations and institutional responsibilities when dealing with complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence.

United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence Background, Summary, and Fast Facts. April 4, 2011.

United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights - Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School

Sexual Assault on Campus. February 24, 2010. The Center for Public Integrity.

For a Victim of Rape, Silence Is No Benefit.  March 27, 2011.  The Chronicle of Higher Education. By Donna Potts.

Education Dept. Issues New Guidance for Sexual Assault Investigations. April 4, 2011. The Chronicle of Higher Education. By Lauren Sieben.

Rules Shift After Federal Push. May 2, 2011.  Inside Higher Ed. By Allie Grasgreen.

Title IX

AAUP Policy Statements and Analysis

The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX. 2016. A report prepared by a joint subcommittee of the Association’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and of the Committee on Women in the Academic Profession. The report was approved by both committees in May 2016 and adopted by the Association’s Council in June 2016.

Other Resources

"Compelled DisclosureThe Problem with 'Required Reporting' of Sexual Violence on College Campuses: A Compilation of Articles and Resources." 2018. Compiled by Jennifer J. Freyd.

Title IX and Race in Intercollegiate Sport. 2003. By the Women's Sports Foundation.

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