October 29, 2012

Diversity in Academe: The Gender Issue

G ender issues have fascinated an confounded people for ages. That certainly holds true in academe these days. In this special report devoted to gender, we look beyond the data. Not long ago, women were the focus of most gender discussions in academe. But now it's more complicated, with each sex drawing attention for different reasons. It's well known, for example, that female undergraduates outnumber their male counterparts. But why do they behave so differently, and what can colleges learn about their diverse ways in which men and women engage on campus? In this special report, learn how what attracts men to certain fields, read about the so-called school-to-prison pipeline, and other issues related to gender in academe.

For all the efforts colleges are making to diversify their departments, some fields of study remain stubbornly single sex.

We're aware that fewer women study the sciences and math, but it might come as a surpirse that men outnumber women in certain humanities as well.

For spurring interest in the major, nothing beats a pitch from someone close to students' own age.

A criminal conviction can create barriers to attending college, among other experiences. Young black men pay a disproportionate price for that reality.

Colleges confront a gender gap in the ways that male and female students experience their years on campus.

In higher education, women have become better represented, but they are still treated and compensated inequitably.

More women than men earn doctorates in the field, but that majority doesn't make it to the faculty.

People from different backgrounds bring different approaches to problem-solving.

Thoughts from five experts.

For junior women of color on the faculty, a recurring conflict is the tension between voice and no voice.

A pioneering black female faculty member at the University of Iowa's law school reflects on what it took for her to serve long enough to see a painting of herself unveiled.

Dear President Faust: Please add a new portrait to those of the white men on the walls of the faculty club.

Colleges can provide some assistance and comfort to anxious freshmen who may be intimidated by the world of academe.

A professor and his students explore a Navajo approach to language and literature.