National Survey: Gender Disparity Among Department Chairs: Women Appear More Stressed

Academic Leader

In 2010 we surveyed more than 38,000 American academic chairs and asked them to identify those aspects of chairing with which they most wanted help. There were nearly 3,000 respondents; 40 percent were women. Gender differences occurred within 16 of the 34 survey components (Table 1). Among the top seven concerns, women more frequently expressed a desire for guidance (an average of 8.7 percent more often); men most preferred help with lower-ranking issues (4.1 percent more often). Gender distinctions were thus more than twice as strong in the high-concern aspects of chairing, and in all cases women were more interested in receiving help.

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