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Together with the Provost's Office, the GEP surveys tenured and tenure-track faculty in the natural and social sciencesduring the Fall 2007 semester. The survey is not a GEP data collection project, but a Hunter College initiative to improve conditions for research, teaching, and services within all natural and social science departments at the college.

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Fall 2007

Together with the Provost's Office, the GEP surveyed tenured and tenure-track faculty in the natural and social sciences during the Fall 2007 semester. Of the 195 science faculty members, 101 (52%) completed the consent form and 89 (46%) completed the entire survey. Hunter College may be doing better than most schools when it comes to objective measures of gender equity, like the overall percentage of women in the science faculty and the percentage of women at each rank, but hidden problems are likely to reveal gender inequities. These types of problems typically have to do with issues of power and access to and use of resources. Despite rather widespread acknowledgment of the importance of such problems, there are few studies that have attempted to quantify them. However, based on climate surveys and focus group studies used by other NSF ADVANCE projects as well as research on gender equity in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology literature, the GEP developed an online survey instrument to address subtle and hidden gender inequity as well as overall quality of faculty life at Hunter College. The survey deals with a number of issues including how resources and responsibilities are assigned within departments; with whom faculty members discuss their research and teaching; how faculty interact with other faculty, students, and support staff; beliefs about the value and recognition of teaching, research, and committee work; commitment to and thoughts about leaving Hunter; productivity; individual advising.

The survey is not a GEP data collection project, but a Hunter College initiative to improve conditions for research, teaching, and services within all natural and social science departments at the college. Data collected in this study was analyzed in aggregate and has been presented to Hunter faculty and administration at the 2008 State of the Sciences conference at the college.

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