Online Learning Update

March 10, 2018

2 Lawsuits Highlight Pay Gap for Female Administrators

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Audrey Williams June, Chronicle of Higher Ed

Patricia MacCorquodale, a professor of gender and women’s studies at Arizona, alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that she spent almost two decades trying to persuade administrators to pay her on a par with male deans there. Several less-experienced male deans earned tens of thousands of dollars more than she did in the years before she stepped down as dean of the university’s Honors College in 2016, according to the suit. The pay disparity at the heart of MacCorquodale’s claim has long been a problem for women at nearly every level of the academic workplace, including administration. According to a recent research brief on the gender pay gap among administrators, including deans, women earn about eighty cents on each dollar that men in similar positions do. It’s a disparity that has stayed roughly the same for 15 years, according to the brief produced by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The median salary for female deans was $126,057 — $25,000 less than the median for men in the same position.

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