Another century before faculty gender balance will be achieved?

February 17, 2012

A study co-led by Simon Fraser University tracking the retention rate of close to 3,000 US science and engineering male and female professors shows that both sexes were likely to leave their positions at the same high rate -- 50%. The research observes that men and women are retained and promoted at the same rate, although fewer women are entering these positions. Given current rates, it could take another century before a gender balance is attained. While no comparable research has been conducted involving Canadian universities, the SFU researcher says recent experience with gender discrepancy in the awarding of Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs "suggests that there is much work to do on th is side of the border as well." SFU News Release