Explore the Data: The Promotion of Women and People of Color in Higher Ed Faculty

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You can filter by racial/ethnic group using the menu in the middle of each graphic. Note that the vertical axes will shift for each racial/group in order to ensure data are displayed fully. You can also toggle between viewing all faculty or just newly-promoted faculty using the buttons at the top of each graphic.

 

Tenure-Track Faculty 

In 2020-21, racial/ethnic minorities were similarly represented among tenure-track assistant professors and professional or doctoral degree holders. However, the representation of all racial/ethnic minority groups declines at each step up in faculty rank; the largest decline in representation occurs between the assistant and associate ranks. These patterns hold for newly promoted faculty, showing that even in 2021, representation of racial/ethnic minorities fell at each subsequent rank. With few exceptions, men are better represented than women of the same race/ethnicity and rank. Only White men have better representation as they climb each faculty rank. Over time, the representation of faculty who are Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or two or more races is greater within rank. However, the decline of racial/ethnic minority representation as rank increases remains consistent.  

 

 

Non-Tenure-Track Faculty 

In 2020-21, racial/ethnic minorities were similarly represented among non-tenure-track teaching assistant professors and professional or doctoral degree holders. The representation of faculty who are Asian, Black, Hispanic/Latinx, or two or more races declines at each step up in faculty rank; the largest decline in representation occurs between the assistant and associate ranks. These patterns hold for newly promoted faculty: even in 2021, representation of racial/ethnic minorities fell at each subsequent rank. With few exceptions, women are better represented than men of the same race/ethnicity and rank. White, Native American or Alaska Native, and Native Hawai’ian or Pacific Islander men have better representation as rank increases.  Over time, the representation of non-tenure-track teaching faculty who are Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American or Alaska Native, Native Hawai’ian or Pacific Islander or two or more races is greater within each rank. 

 


Methodology

Data were collected in CUPA-HR’s Faculty in Higher Education Survey with an effective date of November 1 of each academic year. Analyses focus on faculty for whom data on both race/ethnicity and sex were reported. Only non-profit institutions of higher education are included in these analyses. 

Table of N’s for 2021

  TENURE-TRACK    NON-TENURE-TRACK 
Assistant Professor  Associate Professor  Professor    Assistant Professor  Associate Professor  Professor 
Asian Women  2,323  2,457  1,635    851  321  211 
Asian Men  3,067  3,503  4,566    828  310  210 
Black Women  1,486  1,323  736    737  291  178 
Black Men  1,014  1,205  1,061    400  149  138 
Hispanic/Latinx Women  941  1,060  767    510  194  146 
Hispanic/Latinx Men  986  1,190  1,170    387  181  142 
Native American or Alaska Native Women  99  94  86    63  28  14 
Native American or Alaska Native Men  81  98  113    34  14  21 
Native Hawai’ian or Pacific Islander Women  32  33  23    27  15  10 
Native Hawai’ian or Pacific Islander Men  50  66  66    10  10  10 
Two or More Races Women  296  244  160    148  70  38 
Two or More Races Men  240  242  236    116  49  27 
White Women  12,046  16,311  14,527    7,754  3,565  2,575 
White Men  10,692  18,918  26,715    5,281  2,860  2,636 
Total  33,353  46,744  51,861    17,146  8,057  6,356 
Overall  131,958    31,559