Female academics do significantly more internal administrative work than their male counterparts, according to an analysis of surveys performed at US institutions. Carried out by researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Indiana University, the study found that the gender imbalance is highest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While such internal work is vital for the day-to-day running of institutions, it is less valuable for promotions and salary increases than research and teaching, possibly hindering female career progression.
In one survey, which included 6875 tenure and tenure-track faculty at
140 US institutions, female academics reported spending, on average,
0.6 hours more per week than males on admin. The researchers also looked
at 2012 data from a mandatory performance reporting system at two
campuses belonging to a large public university. Covering 1378 faculty,
it showed that women perform 12.4 admin activities per year, while men
do just 10.9. In STEM subjects, women reported performing three more
admin activities per year than men, compared with 2.5 for liberal arts
and 0.3 for social sciences.
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