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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 7, 2004

Equal Opportunity Report Presents Mixed Numbers To Regents

The University of Iowa has 212 more women and minorities working on campus in 2004, a 1.4 percent increase over 2003, but diversity director Charlotte Westerhaus cautions that this number is not indicative of large-scale growth in the hiring of faculty and staff.

"On a campus the size of ours, with more than 14,000 employees, I believe that the hiring of 212 people reflects very selective growth which is needed to support the most critical academic initiatives and programs," said Westerhaus, special assistant to the president and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

According to figures that will be presented to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa at its December meeting, the university has 8,830 women and 1,132 minorities working in its faculty and staff of 14,199. Last year, 8,666 women and 1,084 minorities worked in a faculty and staff of 14,014.

The figures collected in the report represent the university as of Oct. 1.

The university saw a net loss of 13 women from its tenure and tenure-track faculty, but registered an increase of 15 in the number of minority faculty. Minorities across the entire faculty and staff increased by 48. Of those faculty and staff members, 31 are Asian/Pacific Islander, 10 are African-American and eight are Hispanic/Latino. The university saw a net loss of one Native American faculty member.

"We're pleased we had so much success recruiting and retaining Asian and Pacific Islanders to our faculty," said Westerhaus, pointing to the university's growing international reputation as an outstanding research, professional and liberal arts university as a factor in that success. "This year, our opportunity is to significantly increase the number of African-American, Latino and Native American faculty members. Iowa is a great place to work. We need to improve our marketing to get that message out."

The university also saw an increase in the number of minorities working in the executive and management staff and the professional and scientific staff; 12 more minorities work in executive and management staff positions, a 3.8 percent increase; 194 more minorities work in professional and scientific staff positions, a 3.1 percent increase.

Overall, the university met three of its equal opportunity goals and missed three others. It met its goals in the following work areas: women in executive, administrative and managerial staff (35.5 percent, exceeding the 32 percent target); minorities in tenure or tenure track faculty positions (14.6 percent, exceeding the 14.5 percent target); and minorities in merit staff (7.1 percent, exceeding the 7 percent target).

The university missed its goals in the following areas: women in tenure and tenure track faculty positions (27.4 percent, missing the 30 percent target); minorities in executive, administrative and managerial staff (7 percent, missing the 8 percent target); and minorities in professional and scientific staff (6.6 percent, missing the 7.5 percent target).

Westerhaus is concerned, however, that maintaining even current faculty diversity in the coming year will be difficult because of continued budget restraints and intense recruiting efforts from other colleges and universities for UI's faculty members.

"The perception in the profession is that the University of Iowa is a great place to be from, and other institutions know that," said Westerhaus. "We need to be more assertive so that Iowa becomes known as a great place to stay."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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