WHERE ARE ALL THE WOMEN IN THE LEADERSHIP AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY?
(I chose to look at the binary men/women but the structure could be mapped with various criteria. I acknowledge that I am using a binary and inferences made based on names/photos found on PSU’s website which is wholly insufficient!!!!! I highlight the lack of women in power/leadership positions.Below I chart out the power structure from my perspective (a tenured member of the mathematics and statistics department at Portland State University).
More sides to a figure means more power, thus triangle has less power than rectangle, and rectangle has less power than pentagon, etc.
At Portland State University where I work 60 percent of the faculty identifies as women according to https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/university-campus-climate-survey-reports
In the mathematics department where I work there are 22 tenure track (TT) faculty, with 20 of the 22 being men (18 tenured, 2 untenured), and 2 women (1 tenured, 1 untenured)
in addition we have 11 non tenure track faculty (NTTF), 9 of these are women and 2 are men.
The yellow dot represents me … and following up the power structure at my university it looks about the same. At the chairs level in my college (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, CLAS) we have 24 departments and programs, of those 24, 18 are chaired by men and 6 by women.
Following up the chain of power next come the deans, and here we have 10 deans, with 9 men and 1 woman
Following up the chain of power next comes the provost, this is the only level in the power structure that is dominated by women and also the only level that only has one person in it.
And finally at the highest level of power we have the board of trustees, 14 members, 4 of them women and 10 men. And the president is also a man.
Thus the power structure above me does not represent the 60% of the faculty who identify as women.