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The following research questions posed by the National Science Foundation were studied as part of the RIT EFFORT project.




Research Questions Method Measures
(1) What is the distribution of science and engineering faculty by gender, rank, and department?   HR Obj. Data Review
  • Current number of faculty by department, rank, gender, and college (2004-2010)
  • Percentage of female by college (2004-2010)
  • Current number of non T TT faculty (2009)
  • Benchmark data (where available)
(2) What are the outcomes of institutional processes of recruitment and advancement for men and women?   HR Obj. Data Review
  • Faculty applicant data by college (2007-2010)   
  • Faculty hires (2004-2010)with comparison of applicants by gender, rank, and college (2007-2010)
  • Summary of TT acceleration or tenure credit upon hire
  • Tenure and promotion review outcomes by gender, department, and rank transition (2006-2010)
  • Cohort analysis of tenure and promotion, including to full professor (2006-2009)
  • Number of tenured Associate Professors by department and gender with years-in-rank, years in previous rank, and hired rank    
  • Number of faculty who left their departments by rank, gender, and department (2004-2009)
  • Number of faculty voluntarily leaving before reaching tenure excluding retirements (2004-2009)
(3) What is the gender distribution of science and engineering faculty in leadership positions?   HR Obj. Data Review
  • Number of men and women in leadership positions or on select committees (2009)
(4) What is the allocation of resources for science and engineering faculty?   HR Obj. Data Review
  • Study of salaries of men and women faculty (averages based on rank then more detailed model with additional controls such as department, degree earned, years in rank; salary adjustments occurred in OCT 2010)
  • October 2008 Comparison of RIT Average STEM Salaries to CUPA Salaries by Discipline (for n >5)   
  • Study of Space Allocation and start-up packages of newly hired faculty by gender (data difficult to assemble)
(5) Are there barriers to the recruitment and advancement of women?   HR Obj. Data Review
RIT Faculty Work-Life Survey
Institute Policy Review/Benchmark
  • Evaluation of results from research questions 1 – 4

  • Statistical analysis of responses to the RIT Faculty Work-Life Survey

  • Results of Institute Policy Review and Benchmark
(6) How successful are existing structures at addressing barriers to the recruitment and advancement of women? HR Obj. Data Review
RIT Faculty Work-Life Survey
Institute Policy Review/Benchmark
  • Evaluation of results from research questions 1 – 4

  • Statistical analysis of responses to the RIT Faculty Work-Life Survey

  • Results of Institute Policy Review and Benchmark