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Friday, June 6, 2014

UCLA Is Inhospitable to Women Faculty

UCLA LogoWall Street Journal, Gender Bias Alleged at UCLA's Anderson Business School:

One of the nation's top-ranked business schools is "inhospitable to women faculty," according to an internal academic review.

Faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at University of California, Los Angeles, received a confidential copy of the review, conducted by a group of university professors and outside business-school deans, in April. The next day, the institution's first female dean, Judy Olian, met with the heads of several other elite business schools at the White House, where the group discussed business schools' roles in making workplaces friendlier to women and working families.

Back on campus, many professors noted the irony. Among the findings of the report, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal: Anderson is inconsistent in how it hires and promotes women as compared with men; has created "gender ghettos" in certain academic areas; and shows a "lack of confidence" in female faculty.

Dr. Olian said her administration is taking the findings seriously, and that the climate for women has been a priority since she became dean eight years ago. "This is going to require a lot more than numbers and policies. It's really soul-searching," Dr. Olian said. "I have to ask myself, what here might have had unintended consequences? And what subtle things should we, can we, must we be doing to improve the climate?"

Dr. Olian has notched many accomplishments during her tenure at Anderson: She raised $190 million for the school, successfully wrested administrative control away from the state education system and, in the past four years, oversaw a 60% jump in full-time M.B.A. applications.

But other than the dean herself, no women hold any of the school's 24 endowed chairs, prestigious positions used to attract and retain top talent.

WSJWomen made up 20% of tenure-track faculty at Anderson and 14.3% of those with tenure in the 2012-2013 academic year, including Dr. Olian, according to school figures.

By comparison, an analysis of 16 peer institutions—including the business schools at the University of Virginia, Stanford University and University of Michigan—found that, on average, about 30% of tenure-track and 19.5% of tenured faculty were women in the 2012-2013 year. ...

Interviews with professors and administrators at a number of top programs suggest that the problems are particularly acute at Anderson. The internal report states that women have high rates of job satisfaction when beginning careers at the school, but face a "lack of respect" regarding their work and "unevenly applied" standards on decisions about pay and promotions.

Twice in the past three years, the university's governing academic body took the relatively rare step of overruling Dr. Olian, who had recommended against the promotion of one woman and against giving tenure to another, according to four Anderson professors.

In one case, the university found that policies allowing faculty to take parental leave without falling behind on the tenure track had been incorrectly applied to the candidate. In that same period, they said, a male candidate for promotion passed through the Anderson review, but didn't get clearance from the university.

Daily Bruin, Report Reveals Gender Inequity in UCLA Anderson Faculty:


Wall Street Journal, A Look at Gender Diversity at B-Schools:

School Total Accounting Finance Management Marketing
Arizona State 24%
(37 of 154)
(5 of 21)
(5 of 17)
(5 of 23)
(9 of 20)
MIT 19.6%
(22 of 111)
(3 of 10)
(3 of 21)
(4 of 15)
(3 of 10)
Northwestern 21.9%
(30 of 137)
(3 or 13)
(5 of 25)
(12 of 41)
(7 of 25)
Stanford 19.5%
(23 of 118)
(5 of 14)
(2 of 21)
(6 of 25)
(3 of 15)
UCLA 17.9%
(15 of 84)
(2 of 9)
(1 of 18)
(6 of 13)
(2 of 13)
Chicago 14.8%
(19 of 128)
(4 of 17)
(2 of 25)
(2 of 4)
(2 of 10)
Minnesota 31%
(32 of 102)
(6 of 13)
(1 of 17)
(7 of 12)
(8 of 17)

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Reports which look for "anti-female bias" nearly always find it. If we looked for any other type of bias, we'd probably find that too. It says more about our biases, I think, than about the facts.

Posted by: michael livingston | Jun 6, 2014 5:29:51 AM

"Studies proving" bias against women, blacks, gays, Hispanics, and on-and-on-and-on get quite tiresome and ignore facts, such as the interests and talents of individuals within those groups and the choices that they make.

In the case of women and business schools, it has been my life-long observation that females tended to major in subjects which interested them while males elected to major in subjects which utilized their talents and provided more job opportunities and income potential, which they found in business and engineering. So, why should there be any wonder or outrage that business schools are dominated by men?

Legitimate internal reviews would find no shortage of or bias against women in college to obtain MRS. degrees. So much of this involves biology, which academic snobs, professional victims, self-righteous social justice proponents, and those pushing a "university's war on men" refuse to acknowledge. Rather, by publishing phony studies and lies, those people can feel more important and protect their jobs based upon natural factors and intimidation rather than competency and productivity.

I bet there are a lot of college professors who agree with this but are too afraid of the feminist, politically-correct gestapo to step up and say it.

Posted by: Woody | Jun 6, 2014 9:35:14 AM

I wonder if the report includes whatever instructions the Dean and University give the departments about hiring women faculty. Somehow I doubt the departments are being pressured to turn down high-quality female candidates.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Jun 7, 2014 8:17:38 PM

I was an assistant professor at UCLA back in the 80's when they gave what I think was the first full professorship promotion to a woman. She clearly didn't get it for her scholarly quality.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Jun 7, 2014 8:19:59 PM