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Release: Dec. 9, 1999

UI workforce diversity report shows various employment goals being met

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A University of Iowa Office of Affirmative Action annual workforce report shows the UI has exceeded several of its strategic, five-year employment goals and is close to achieving various others that intend to further make the UI a culturally diverse and inclusive university community.

The Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Report that covers hiring from October 1, 1998, through October 1, 1999, was prepared for the Office of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and will be presented to the Regents at its Dec. 16 meeting in West Des Moines.

According to the report, the number of female tenure track faculty increased by 13 to 411. Females also made up 26.6 percent of the 1,544 total tenure track faculty, exceeding the UI's goal of 25 percent. That group also received 35 percent of the promotions among tenure track faculty. Additionally, the UI exceeded two of its three targeted indicators for increasing minority representation by 2000, as the number of minority merit staff increased 5.8 percent, surpassing the 5.3 percent goal. The number of minority professional and scientific staff increased by 11 to 313; however, their percentage among all P&S staff remained at 5.6 percent, which is slightly above the 5.5 percent goal.

Susan L. Mask, assistant to the president, director of affirmative action and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator, says the 13 percent target for minority tenure track faculty remains more difficult to achieve. The number of minority tenure track faculty increased by two to 189 or 12.2 percent in 1999, up from 11.9 percent in 1998.

"While we have not reached the 13 percent goal, we have made modest gains by reaching the 12.2 percent mark," Mask says.

Goal five, in a list of seven outlined in the UI's "Achieving Distinction 2000: A Strategic Plan for the University of Iowa," targets five areas of the workforce for increased female and minority representation. The university sets annual hiring goals in areas where there is under-representation of women and or minorities, and where hiring is expected.

Between October 1998 and October 1999, the UI's workforce – regular employees working 50 percent time or greater -- increased to 13,182 from 12,967. And, as of October 1, 1999, the UI employed 1,995 faculty, of whom 1,554 are tenured or are tenure track faculty.

Other significant employment gains were made among clinical track faculty appointments, which increased from 20 when created in 1994, to 202 in 1999. Clinical track appointments are non-tenure positions and are staffed by persons who work in a clinical setting compared to other research-based positions.

Other reported highlights include:
-- Minority faculty received 17 percent of the promotions among tenure track faculty effective 1999 – 2000. The rates of promotion and tenure for minority faculty currently exceed the minority tenure track representation, now at 12.2 percent.
-- During the 1998 – 1999 reporting year, one woman was appointed dean, four women and three minorities were appointed department chairs. Three women were appointed associate deans and one woman was appointed assistant vice president.
-- Since 1989, the number of female tenure track faculty has risen to 411 from 276, an increase of 9.3 percent. Between 1994 to 1999, the percentage of such employees increased to 26.6 percent from 22.2 percent in 1994.
-- The number of minority tenure track faculty has risen to 189 from 145 over that 10-year period. In the last five years, the percentage of minority tenure track faculty increased moderately to 12.2 percent in 1999, up from 11.4 percent.

The statistical information in the UI's annual Affirmative Action report is prepared from workforce data compiled in accordance with the Office of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, guidelines. The report includes all permanent, full-time and part-time employees working 50 percent time or more during the period from October 1, 1998 to October 1, 1999.

In defining the term "minority," the UI follows federal guidelines. The term refers to Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans/Alaskan Natives.