Do Trustees and Administrators Matter? Diversifying the Faculty Across Gender Lines

27 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2009 Last revised: 23 Aug 2021

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Ronald G. Ehrenberg

ILR-Cornell University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

George H. Jakubson

ILR-Cornell University

Mirinda Iseger Martin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joyce Main

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Thomas Eisenberg

Cornell University - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 2009

Abstract

Our paper focuses on the role that the gender composition of the leaders of American colleges and universities -trustees, presidents/chancellors, and provosts/academic vice presidents - plays in influencing the rate at which academic institutions diversify their faculty across gender lines. Our analyses make use of institutional level panel data that we have collected on for a large sample of American academic institutions.We find that, other factors held constant including our estimate of the "expected" share of new hires at an institution that should be female, that institutions with female presidents/chancellors and female provosts/academic vice presidents, and those with a greater share of female trustees, increase their shares of female faculty at a more rapid rate. The magnitudes of the effects of these leaders are larger at smaller institutions, where central administrators may play a larger role in faculty hiring decisions. A critical share of female trustees must be reached before the gender composition of the board matters.

Suggested Citation

Ehrenberg, Ronald G. and Jakubson, George H. and Martin, mirinda Iseger and Main, Joyce and Eisenberg, Thomas, Do Trustees and Administrators Matter? Diversifying the Faculty Across Gender Lines (December 2009). NBER Working Paper No. w15606, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1528029

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Thomas Eisenberg

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