Women in the Professoriate

  • Carmel Diezmann
  • Susan Grieshaber


The low proportion of women in the professoriate (associate or full professor) compared with men appears to be an intractable problem. Women now enter academia in similar or sometimes greater proportions than men, but only about half of the women who commence in academia reach the professoriate (e.g., American Association of University Professors (AAUP): List of tables and figures for annual report on the economic status of the profession, 2014–15. Retrieved from, 2015; Department of Education and Training (DET): 2015 staff numbers. Retrieved from, 2016, January 27; European Commission: She figures 2015: Gender in research and innovation. Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Brussels, Belgium. Retrieved from, 2016; University and College Union (UCU): The position of women and BME staff in professorial roles in UK. Retrieved from, 2012, November). This book focuses on women’s academic lives, exploring who makes it to the professoriate and how.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmel Diezmann
    • 1
  • Susan Grieshaber
    • 2
  1. 1.Queensland University of TechnologyKelvin GroveAustralia
  2. 2.La Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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