The pressure is on universities and colleges to build up their departments into diverse, prestigious, top-performing entities. This has become quite a challenge in the current environment of tight budgets and waning state funding support. It is in an institution’s best interest to recruit and then retain a diverse and talented faculty.
On Tuesday, October 15, AWIS hosted the 2nd of a three-part webinar series for AWIS Institutional Partners. Joan C. Williams, JD, 1066 Foundation Chair and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, spoke with AWIS members about the real cost of the attrition of female faculty members. If you didn’t get to participate, here’s what you missed.
There are three critical reasons to compel your university to retain and support female faculty members.
- When a female faculty member leaves, the costs associated with her departure are significant.
Estimated savings associated with retaining a faculty member in one STEM field:
Source: University of Colorado Boulder, 2001, p. 7
- When she leaves, she often takes her external funding with her. Recovering those lost resources can take years for a department and new faculty member.
- When a faculty member leaves, it will take weeks, if not months of an faculty and administrative leader’s time to organize and conduct a search and to hire a replacement.
One additional consideration, if the departing faculty member is aggrieved to do discrimination based on family responsibilities, the institution may be at risk of litigation. FRD suites have increased by 400% since 1971. The bottom line is that when a university does not adopt family-friendly policies and presents a chilly climate for women, these women will leave. The result for the institution will be that they will incur high financial costs again and again, taking away its ability to be successful.
The third installment in the AWIS webinar series for institutional leaders – “Some Things are Illegal” – takes place on November 19th from 12 – 1 PM, EDT. Click here to register.
AWIS was able to bring this webinar to its members through its Tools for Change partnership and a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1106411). Click here to learn more about Tools for Change.