Gender gaps shrinking, others persisting: US study

May 3, 2017

There is no strong, comprehensive evidence that gender plays a major role in the path toward tenure in the first ten years of a professor’s career, according to a paper presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Rather, the study found that scholarly publications and activities, as well as a postdoctoral appointment in the years following degree completion, were the most important factors in securing tenure-track work for both men and women. However, the paper did find that women continue to earn less than men in tenure-track positions and take longer to complete their doctoral degrees. Inside Higher Ed