Areas for Further Inquiry

The final question on the Survey of Female Engineering Faculty gave respondents an opportunity to identify areas for additional inquiry (Table 4-1). Over 200 suggestions were offered, covering the following general areas:

  • Personal Background

  • Preparation for Academe

  • Terms of Employment

  • Work Environment

  • Family Status and Responsibilities

  • Job Satisfaction and Factors Affecting Success

  • Non-native U.S. Citizens

Topics related to job satisfaction and factors affecting success predominated. Overall job satisfaction was mentioned 18 times and mentoring 19 times. Forty respondents thought more inquiry was needed into other obstacles faced in education and employment; 33 women mentioned the area of family status and responsibilities, especially balancing work responsibilities and personal life. Topics related to faculty members terms of employment and work environment were mentioned 28 and 26 times, respectively.

TABLE 1-1 Age of Female Engineering Faculty at U.S. Institutions, by Field of Highest Degree

 

Age

 

Total

Under 35

35-39

40-44

45-54

55 or Older

No Report

Field of Highest Degree

No.

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

Total

775

124

16

219

28

194

25

156

20

58

7

24

3

Aerospace/Industrial Engineering

52

17

33

20

38

8

15

5

10

1

2

1

2

Chemical/Mineral Engineering

84

13

15

28

33

19

23

18

21

2

2

4

5

Civil Engineering

81

9

11

21

26

36

44

13

16

2

2

0

0

Electrical/Computer Engineering

124

26

21

40

32

27

22

20

16

7

6

4

3

Materials Sci/Plastics/Ceramics Engineering

42

11

26

11

26

12

29

6

14

1

2

1

2

Mechanical/General Engineering

99

17

17

33

33

26

26

16

16

5

5

2

2

Other Engineering

67

13

19

19

28

23

34

10

15

2

3

0

0

Computer Sciences

64

8

13

16

25

12

19

20

31

7

11

1

2

Mathematical Sci/Operations Research

40

6

15

7

18

8

20

12

30

6

15

1

3

Physical Sciences

50

0

0

9

18

12

24

15

30

10

20

4

8

Other Fields

43

3

7

9

21

3

7

16

37

12

28

0

0

No Field Specified

29

1

3

6

21

8

28

5

17

3

10

6

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