At Rutgers, calls to improve gender and race equity among faculty

“We’re really inspired by the #MeToo campaign, by the West Virginia strike of teachers, largely women who won. We’re also inspired by the women’s marches,” said Rutgers University Associate Professor Deepa Kumar.

Kumar, who is also the president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT teacher’s union, says now is the time to talk about gender and race equity at Rutgers University.

Now is the time to talk about a report over a dozen faculty and graduate students have worked on for the last two years — a report that looks at hiring patterns, salary, promotion and family leave policies at the state university over a 20-year span.

“At our biggest campus, which is New Brunswick, which is where 70 to 75 percent of our faculty are and there’s a salary gap. Women earn less than men,” said Kumar.

The report also shows a disparity in the genders of distinguished professors at the university, where 20 percent are female, 80 percent male. When it comes to department chairs, the report found 40 percent are female and 60 percent are male.

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