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Women, minority faculty grew by 10 percent in past year

STANFORD -- The number of women and minority faculty at Stanford each increased approximately 10 percent last year, according to the annual report on faculty gains and losses.

Between September 1993 and September 1994, the number of women increased by 23 to 242. With this 10.5 percent increase, women make up 16.9 percent of the total faculty. Of the increase, 10 were in medicine, 8 in humanities and sciences, and 5 in other schools.

Minorities in the same period grew by 16 to 182, an increase of 9.6 percent, for 12.7 percent of the total faculty. Virtually all were of Asian ancestry. Half the increase was in medicine, with the others spread across the other schools.

During the same period, the number of men on the faculty increased by 9 to 1,188, an 0.8 percent increase.

Presenting the report to the Faculty Senate on Thursday, Feb. 23, law Professor Robert Weisberg, who also serves as vice provost for faculty retention and development, said the university had attracted “terrific new colleagues in a number of fields.”

He said that in the last 10 years, Stanford has done “reasonably well” in increasing the proportion of women on the faculty, but less well in terms of the number of minorities.

“We are proceeding as aggressively as we can” through vigorous search processes, largely through the initiative of deans and department chairs, he said.

Responding to a question from English Professor Regenia Gagnier about the number of new women who were tenured, Weisberg said that such specific data were not part of the gains and losses report but could be compiled from other sources.

He added that faculty could reasonably disagree about whether it is better to emphasize lateral tenure-level hiring or pre- tenure hiring.

Other data in the Provost's Office report show that the number of tenured faculty declined by 11 in the past year, while the number of untenured faculty in the tenure line increased by 12.

Over the past 10 years, the faculty has increased by 208 (17 percent); 105 of these additions have been in the last five years.

After a decline of 10 in the prior year, the faculty increased by 32 to a total of 1,430 as of Sept. 1, 1994. The biggest gain in the last year was 27 in the medical center line.



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