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Women, minority presence on faculty is up, provost tells senate

STANFORD -- Delivering a report on faculty gains and losses, Provost Condoleezza Rice told the Faculty Senate that the number of minorities on the Stanford faculty grew from 107 to 166 in the last five years, while the number of women rose from 142 to 221.

Minorities make up 11.8 percent of the Stanford faculty and women compose 15.1 percent as of last September, Rice told the senate Thursday, Feb. 17.

"We are increasing the number of women and minority faculty," she said, "but on a relatively small base."

Big gains in women faculty were made in the last five years, after slow growth in the preceding five years, she said. The largest increases have come in law and medicine.

Among minorities, the largest increases have been in African American and Asian faculty. In five years, black faculty increased from 20 to 36 as of last September; Asians from 58 to 96; Hispanics from 28 to 32; and Native Americans from 1 to 2.

The faculty roster grew from 1,325 to 1,398 in the past five years.

The Medical School accounted for most of that change with its medical center line, approved by the Faculty Senate in 1989. Many doctors from the old clinical line are being appointed to the new medical center line; thus, the increase does not represent an entirely new set of faculty, Rice said.

Five-year comparisons show that the faculty count in engineering is down from 218 tenured and nontenured faculty members in 1989 to 193 last fall. However, the school is filling its vacancies and making a comeback, she said. Humanities and sciences has dropped from 491 faculty to 480 in the same five years.

A disturbing trend, Rice said, is that the five-year comparison shows a decrease of 28 junior faculty members and an increase of 24 tenured faculty members.

Rice reiterated concern she expressed at the senate last fall that too many vacancies are being filled with senior, rather than junior, faculty. About 76 percent of the faculty is now tenured, Rice said.

The professoriate at Stanford presently is defined to include tenure-line faculty, nontenure-line faculty, nontenure research faculty and the new medical center line.

Rice told senators looking at 16 pages of statistics that in the present format she found it difficult to "tease out some of the more interesting implications of the numbers." She solicited suggestions for format changes.



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