Issue of March 25, 2011
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson amp; Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Update on the % of tenured women faculty
From: Joan Schmelz [jschmelz_at_memphis.edu]
Senior Women: An Update I got a lot of feedback on last week's AASWOMEN item entitled, "Senior Women: A Comparison of Astronomy Departments." Almost all of it was positive, but there were one or two exceptions. There were also some updates and additions for the table. The latest version is provided below.
The Table is meant to be an evolving document, so as members of your department get tenure, retire, arrive, leave, etc. please send the new numbers so we can keep an accurate tally.
One question I got was related to my comment that 30% of named postdocs have been women for the past 20 years. The data are public domain and were compiled by the demographics panel for Astro 2010. I got special permission to share the results at the 2009 Women in Astronomy III conference. Here's a link to the paper:
Finally, one person from an institution near the bottom of the list thought these data might help him/her lobby for more women in the department. I hope this is true for all the departments, especially those where the percentage of women on the tenured faculty is still in the single digits.
Thanks to everyone who helped compile, update, and check this list.
% W # W # M University Department Joint Appts.
42.9 3 4 Indiana Univ. Astronomy
33.3 4 8 Univ. of Washington Astronomy
33.3 1 2 Case West Res Univ. Astronomy
29.2 3.5 8.5 Caltech Astronomy
28.0 1.75 4.5 Univ. of Wisconsin Astronomy 1 at 0.75; 1 at 0.5
23.8 5 16 UCSC Astronomy amp; Astrophysics
23.1 3 10 Univ. Michigan Astronomy
23.1 3 10 Columbia Univ. Astronomy amp; Astrophysics
22.4 3 10.4 Ohio State Astronomy 1 at 0.25; 3 at 0.05
20.0 2 8 Univ. of Minnesota Astronomy
20.0 4 16 Univ. of Arizona Astronomy
19.0 2 8.5 Princeton Univ. Astrophysical Sciences 1 at 0.5
16.7 3 15 UCLA Astronomy amp; Astrophysics
15.0 3 17 Univ. of Colorado Astrophysical amp; Planet. Sci.
14.3 2 12 Univ. of Florida Astronomy
14.3 2 12 UMass Astronomy
12.5 1 7 Univ. of Illinois Astronomy 2 at 0.5
12.5 2 14 Penn State Astronomy amp; Astrophysics
11.8 2 15 UC Berkeley Astronomy
10.0 2 18 Univ. of Texas, Austin Astronomy
10.0 1 9 Arizona State Univ. Astrophysics
9.5 2 19 Cornell Univ. Astronomy
8.3 1 11 Harvard Univ. Astronomy 4 at 0.5
7.7 1 12 Boston Univ. Astronomy
7.4 1 12.5 Univ. of Maryland Astronomy 1 at 0.5
4.7 1 20.5 Univ. of Chicago Astronomy amp; Astrophysics 3 at 0.5
0.0 0 13 Univ. of Virginia Astronomy
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2. NYT article on women professors at MIT
From: Marc Postman [postman_at_stsci.edu] and Rick Fienberg [rick.fienberg_at_aas.org]
Here's an article from the New York Times on gains made -- and new problems uncovered -- at MIT since they began an effort 12 years ago to increase the number of women on their faculty:
Dr. Ed Bertschinger, Chairman of the Physics department at MIT, has also blogged about this and says "I encourage reading the report, http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/images/documents/women-report-2011.pdf as it contains useful perspectives on the widespread issues of implicit bias, stereotypes, dual career couples, childcare, etc. I'll be commenting more on it in the big symposium at MIT next week, http://mit150.mit.edu/symposia/women-of-MIT As one of the women said, it's "A Celebration -- With caveats."
See Ed's blog post at: http://womeninastronomy.blogspot.com/2011/03/status-of-mit-women-faculty-in-science.htmlBack to top.
3. Women at NASA webpage
From: Donald Kniffen [dkniffen_at_usra.edu]
For those who haven't seen it you might be interested in http://women.nasa.govBack to top.
4. Job Opportunities at NOAO
From: Cindy Burnett [burnett_at_noao.edu]
for a complete listing of jobs, please see www.noao.edu.
New posting: Document Coordinator Job #1070
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Corporation is looking for a Document Coordinator for the Project Management Office. This person will manage the production of program reports required by federal funding agencies and/or private sponsors based on in-depth research of reporting and compliance requirements specified by the funding agencies. Will provide copyediting, proofreading, text and table formatting, graphics manipulation, correction of reference lists, page layout and typesetting, as well as proof checking. Will modify copy to conform to publication's style and editorial policy. Maintain publication lists and various databases for accuracy and completeness. Provide administrative support to the LSST Project Office. Manage calendars and coordinate overall meeting arrangements to include travel, scheduling, planning and setting up for meetings. Bachelor Degree in relevant field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible administrative experience including proficiency in personal computer applications for word processing, spreadsheet preparation, and presentation software, etc. Proficient knowledge of English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Please submit a cover letter and resume by March 31, 2011.
To apply, please send electronic resume to: hrnoao_at_noao.edu (In the subject line, please reference Position Title and Job #)
Please use mailing address below for sending material only if e-mail is not available unless otherwise noted within the announcement Human Resources Office National Optical Astronomy Observatory (Include Position Title and Job #) P.O. Box 26732 Tucson, AZ 85726-6732 FAX: 520-318-8494 NOAO/NSO offers an excellent compensation/benefit package
NOAO and NSO are affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employers. Preference granted to qualified Native Americans living on or near the Tohono O'odham reservation.
NOAO and NSO foster a diverse research environment. Women and candidates from under represented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.Back to top.
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