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We Raised Our Female Faculty Numbers. So Can You

PI Bilen-Green and colleagues Anicha and Denton from North Dakota State University share tips on how the addressed their percentage of tenured women faculty from 13% in 2006 to 33% in 2021 in this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

They attribute those gains to key changes in policies and practices that determine merit, and so their focus has been on increasing equity within annual performance, promotion, and tenure reviews. Here is their advice for other colleges working to reach gender parity:

1. Increase equity and transparency. 

2. Require chairs of promotion and tenure committees to participate in regular trainings.

3. Establish a promotion-to-professor task force.