Agents of change

Faculty leadership in initiating and sustaining diversity at the university of arizona

Jeni Hart, Lindy Brigham, Mary K. Good, Barbara J. Mills, Janice Monk

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In the late 1990s, the collective action of several women faculty members in the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) initiated a study that found gender-based disparities in salary, office and laboratory space, awards, resources, committee assignments, named chairs, teaching obligations, and retention. With the support of their dean and president, these women made recommendations aimed at ensuring equity for senior women faculty, improving the professional lives of junior women faculty, and increasing the number of women faculty (Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1999). Their study and MIT's quick, positive response received wide national attention; other institutions, among them the University of Arizona (UA), were inspired to investigate inequities on their own campuses (National Academy of Sciences 2004).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Diversity in Higher Education: Faculty leaders share challenges and strategies
EditorsWinnifred R. Brown-Glaude
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherRutgers University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780813544465
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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