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University of Iowa News Release

May 11, 2006

Provost Releases Report Of Gender Equity Task Force

University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan today released the final report and recommendations of the Gender Equity Task Force, which he appointed last spring and charged to take a broad look at the status of UI faculty women.

Hogan asked the ad hoc task force to recommend changes and programs to increase the number of women on the faculty and improve their quality of life, taking into account issues like the support that women receive for research; opportunities for women to develop successful careers as researchers or administrators; and barriers for women to attaining tenure or full professorship.

The committee's full report may be found online in pdf format at

"I appointed the Task Force because the only way we can hope to make real progress in our diversity goals, including gender equity, is to begin with an honest assessment of where we stand now," Hogan said. "The Task Force has made that assessment thoughtfully and thoroughly. The resulting report makes it clear that this University has a great deal more work to do in this area--more, perhaps, than we thought. But it also sets the stage for us to do that work."

Recommendations in the report include: developing a program similar to the existing Faculty Diversity Opportunity Program (FDOP), which supports the hiring of minority faculty, to support hiring faculty spouses or partners; implementing an automatic one-year extension of the tenure clock for probationary faculty following the birth or adoption of a child; and creating ongoing faculty support structures like a formal mentoring program for junior faculty, a special task force to address challenges unique to the Carver College of Medicine, and a standing committee to monitor gender equity issues. Other key recommendations include providing resources for broader advertisement and outreach when conducting searches, and evaluating deans and department chairs on their efforts to hire, retain, and promote underrepresented groups within their units.

The Gender Equity Task Force was chaired by College of Law Professor Adrien Wing. A list of the other task force members, the Provost's charge, and a link to the full report may be found online:

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, or Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077,; Program: Adrien Wing,, 319-621-7674; Writer: Kris Yows