The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, April 10, 1987 Page: 6 of 20
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Friday, April 10, 1987 1HRESHER News
Female faculty assemble to investigate inequalities
by Joel Sendek
President George Rupp has
approved the Rice University
Commission on Women formed
by a group of female faculty
"The aim of the Commission is
to investigate possible inequities
and make recommendations to the
administration about how to
correct them and educate the
community in general," said Jane
Chance, Professor of English and
spokesperson for the Ad Hoc
Steering Committee of the
A cover letter and survey was
sent on March 27 to all female
workers at Rice, faculty and staff,
full and part-time. The letter asked
for nominations for membership
on the commission. The survey
includes a list of topics which the
women may want to address:
hiring and promotion practices,
sexual harassment, employee
Review practices, salaries, and
general campus climate.
The difference between the
number of female and male faculty
and their salaries is a primary
concern of the Commission.
According to Chance, Rice
employs 19 female full professors,
compared to 189 male full
professors. There are 32 female
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associate and assistant professors,
while there 115 males.
Not only are there considerably
fewer female faculty members at
Rice, but they also get paid less.
The average male full professor at
Rice makes $51,900, while the
average female full professor
makes only $43,000, according to
Chance said there is an
argument to explain the salary
differential. "One of the common
responses of the administration is
that women haven't been here long
enough to accumulate salary
increases, which are offered on a
year basis. But to lure new people,
higher salaries have to be offered.
This would lead to the opposite
situation of the first argument,"
Rice started hiring women in
larger numbers around 1973, and
since then there has not been much
activism on their behalf, Chance
said. The Faculty Feminist
Reading Group is one recent
effort. It was put together by Jane
Gallop. Professor of Humanities,
who also heads the two-year old
Women's Studies program at Rice.
"Gallop invited all interested""
women to attend lectures and
readings to develop more interest
in Women's Studies,"Chancesaid.
A recent publication from the
Association of American Colleges,
"Chilly Climate for Women
Faculty and Administrators,"
concluded that many women
considered themselves to be
second-class citizens or outsiders
to their academic community.
Special difficulties cited include
heavier courseloads, which reduce
time for research, and fewer
research dollars for women due to
less informal contact with men.
Despite these types of
publications, Chance has seen little
progress at Rice. "There is no
evidence of a change of mood on
campus. The fear is that the people
who speak out may get burned,"
Chance said many non-tenured
women teach at Rice. "There are
32 part-time women faculty at Rice
who do not get promoted, cannot
vote, and anything they publish
does not count. They are ciphers
and exist at the pleasure of the
university," said Chance.
She explained that part-time
faculty—some of whom have been
in the same position for over 20
years—are indeed detrimental to
the university because they won't
do research since it is not
The implementation of
Affirmative Action at Rice is also
suspect. Chance said. In the
conventional view. Affirmative
action provides a boost for faculty
members such as blacks or women
who would not normally be
Chance observes the reverse
effect at Rice. "Many times it
seems that a man can be promoted
and a woman with similar
qualifications is not. Affirmative
action has not been able to
pressure the administration," she
said. "We all have an obligation to
make sure we don't even
subconsiously treat people
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Jane Chance leads the commission
Sammy mascot elected
Mike Madden and Bob Truscott won Tuesday's election for the
Sammy the Owl mascot with 432 votes to the 247 votes of Earl Drake
and Kurt Reheiser.
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Greene, Spencer. The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 74, No. 27, Ed. 1 Friday, April 10, 1987, newspaper, April 10, 1987; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245664/m1/6/: accessed March 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rice University Woodson Research Center.