The University Record, January 10, 1994

Status report offers snapshot look at progress, problems


  • In 1992, women represented 22 percent of the senior administrative positions in the central administration, schools and colleges, down from 30 percent in 1990.

  • Between 1990 and 1992, the proportion of women increased from 19 percent to 28 percent among the assistant and associate vice presidents, as well as vice provosts.

  • During the same time period, the proportion of women executive officers decreased from 18 percent to 10 percent, the proportion of women deans decreased from 22 percent to 16 percent, and the proportion of women associate and senior associate deans decreased from 41 percent to 24 percent.

    The representation of women in executive administrative line positions in the central administration varies greatly across executive officer areas. For example, while women represent two-thirds of the senior line positions in student affairs, there remain no women in the senior ranks in business and finance, government relations, development or the Office of the President.


    “The most striking things about the status of women faculty at the University of Michigan is the fact that our progress in increasing women’s representation in the ranks of tenured and tenure-track faculty continues to be slow,” states the Women at the Univer-sity of Michigan, Volume II, report.

    An increase in the number of female Ph.D. holders should have meant a corresponding increase in the number of new women faculty.

    Despite the growth of the pool, however, women still represent only 20 percent of the tenured and tenure-track faculty. In contrast, 53 percent of the lecturers are women.

    “Unfortunately, if recent rates of change continue, by the year 2000 only 24 percent of the tenured and tenure-track faculty will be women, but they will represent 72 percent of all lecturers,” the report states.

    The presence of women in the higher academic ranks continues to be a concern. Only 9 percent of the full professors and 23 percent of associate professors are women—unchanged between 1990 and 1992.

    An analysis of hiring data 1987–92 shows that only 10 percent of newly