Faculty diversity: The past decade
at a glance
6 February 2003
Tenure-track hires | Women
All faculty: In the early ’90s, about 37 percent of the faculty hired at Berkeley were women. With the passage of Prop. 209, that dropped to 21 percent in 2000. In 2002, the percentage of women hired rose to 34 percent.
Arts and humanities: Nearly half of the faculty hired were women.
Social sciences: Just over one third of the faculty hired were women.
Life sciences: About one-quarter of the faculty hired were women, while the pool of women PhDs at Berkeley and nationwide was 45 percent.
Physical sciences: In physics and chemistry, 4 women were hired — out of 48 hires. No women were hired in mathematics, out of 28 hires. More than a quarter of the PhD pool in physical sciences at Berkeley and nationwide was female.
Engineering: About 16 percent of the faculty hired were women, nearly on par with the PhDs granted to women at Berkeley (about 18 percent).
Environmental design: More than half of the faculty hired were women.
Other professional schools: Just under 30 percent of the faculty hired were women.
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Arts, humanities, and social sciences: Out of about 220 hires, 12 percent were Asian and 12 percent were underrepresented minorities. About half of the underrepresented minorities were hired in Ethnic Studies and African American Studies.
Life science, physical science, and engineering: Out of about 255 hires, 19 percent were Asian and 3 percent were underrepresented minorities.
Professional schools: Out of about 130 hires, 17 percent were Asian and 12 percent were underrepresented minorities.
Faculty composition | Women
All faculty: In the early ’90s, 19 percent of the faculty were women. Currently, 24 percent are women.
Assistant professors: There are no significant differences in tenure rates between men and women. About 80 percent of the assistant professors are awarded tenure.
Associate professors: Currently 38 percent of the associate professors are women, even though the campus has never hired women at that rate. About 45 percent of associate professors in rank for 5 to 15 years are women.
Faculty composition | Minorities
Asians: The number of Asians has increased from 105 in the early ’90s to 159.
Underrepresented minorities: There were 96 underrepresented minority faculty in the early ’90s; there are 94 currently. About 45 underrepresented minority faculty were hired in this time period; for each person hired, one left.
Women of color: There are only 3 African American women and 3 Chicanas/Latinas who are full professors.