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Gender Equity Research at UD Colloquium


Report from Gender Equity Research Fellowship, 2019-20:

Retention of women and underrepresented minority faculty is an important consideration for the University of Dayton. This study critically examines current practices for supporting women faculty through the tenure and promotion process at UD, focusing in particular on the mentoring of pre-tenure faculty. A survey and interviews with early career faculty found gender discrepancies in mentoring experiences. Despite lower retention of female faculty, women report more receiving more mentoring and more satisfaction with mentoring than men. The study also found that the type of mentoring received (formal or informal) had a significant impact on faculty satisfaction with mentoring and with faculty experience of the tenure and promotion process. The report concludes with recommendations based on this research for implementing new mentoring programs and improving existing programs at the university, including ways to ensure equal access to mentoring.


Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies


About the Gender Equity Research Fellowship: Each year, the Women's Center, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Provost's Office sponsor two Gender Equity Research Fellows of any gender and from any disciplinary background who work to advance gender equity and social justice through the conduct of high-quality research and the development of subsequent recommendations to share with the campus community.

Each fellow works alongside an undergraduate student research assistant over the academic year to complete their projects. The 2019-20 fellows presented their work and recommendations to the campus community at the Gender Equity Research at UD Colloquium on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.