1st Edition

Managing Gender Inequity in Academia A Guide for Faculty and Administrators in Public Affairs Programs

By Gina Scutelnicu Todoran Copyright 2024
    148 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Academia is not immune to gender bias, and in many public affairs programs, inequities persist in faculty academic rank, salary, career length, job security, leadership roles, professional recognition, resource allocation, and role stereotypes. Managing Gender Inequity in Academia is the first book to provide an evidence-based guide for university administrators and faculty interested in building all-important gender equity in public affairs and related programs. Drawing on both secondary and primary data, the book offers a comprehensive perspective on public affairs faculty career paths, the obstacles to advancement in the academy, and how the COVID-19 pandemic further contributed to existing inequities.

    Each chapter of the book presents evidence-based research derived from interviews, surveys, existing statistics, and documents, offering guidance to public affairs programs, departments, and schools on ways to strengthen the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in the academy. Ultimately, author Gina Scutelnicu Todoran demonstrates the ways in which gender equity can strengthen institutions of higher learning. Managing Gender Inequity in Academia is a guide for building gender equity in public affairs programs for faculty, higher education administrators, and graduate students in public affairs and related disciplines.

    1. Introduction and Overview  2. Career Paths for Academic Women in Public Affairs  3. Navigating the Tenure and Promotion Process  4. Mid-Career Advancement: Promotion to Full Professor  5. Women in Administrative Roles  6. Career Paths of Non-tenure Track Faculty  7. The Academy During the COVID-19 Pandemic  8. Conclusion


    Gina Scutelnicu Todoran is Professor of Public Administration at Pace University, USA. She serves as Associate Editor for Public Integrity and is chair of the Northeastern Conference of Public Administration. She has served as department chair and MPA program director at Pace University and was previously a faculty member at Jackson State University, USA. Her research has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Integrity, Public Administration Review, and Teaching Public Administration.

    “If you're a faculty member in public affairs programs, managing the intricacies of academia, including tenure and promotion, while striving to maintain a work-life balance, Dr. Gina Scutelnicu's comprehensive text is your essential resource. Her work delves into the root causes of gender disparities, drawing insights from extensive interviews and survey data. It also serves as a great resource for non-tenure track faculty, and those who want to advance to administrative roles.”

    Meghna Sabharwal, Public and Nonprofit Management Program, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

    "Using data driven analysis of all aspects of the public affairs academic experience, this book presents the gender big and little picture in meaningful ways. Trends and heartfelt interview data bring gender inequities to light and support sound recommendations. Compelling and exhaustive – I give Managing Gender Inequity in Academia two thumbs up!”

    Patricia M. Shields, Regents’ Professor, Texas State University, USA

    “The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated yet provided renewed attention on the gender inequities in the academy. Featuring a detailed review of key topics, Professor Scutelnicu-Todoran adeptly addresses these inequities commonly faced by most public affairs programs. This is a must read for all faculty and administrators.”

    Helen H. YuUniversity of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

    “This is a powerful text that offers insight into the unspoken rules women face while navigating academia and strategies that can be used to succeed. Scutelnicu-Todoran offers a transparent view of the unique experiences women have throughout all professional stages in academia, making this text an essential for early-career scholars, faculty climbing the ranks, and those that mentor others.”

    Beth M. RauhausUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA

    "Gina Scutelnicu Todoran has elevated the dialogue surrounding gender inequity in public affairs, administration, and policy programs. Scutelnicu Todoran’s book goes beyond existing conversations on academic women in the discipline and does a deep dive into conceptually and empirically deconstructing - career paths for women in public affairs education; navigating career tenure and advancement; leading in administrative roles; surviving and evolving as non-tenure track faculty; and in adapting and coping during an epidemic - this book is realistic in its review of the elaborate and incidental challenges academic women on the tenure and non-tenure track face in the field of public affairs. Managing Gender Inequity in Academia is a gem, a great defender of gender equity, and a guiding bastion for all administrators, accreditors, and academics working towards gender equity in public affairs, administration, and policy programs."

    Shilpa ViswanathJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, USA