Tenure Decisions at Southern Cal Strongly Favor White Men, Data in a Rejected Candidate's Complaint Suggest

Tenure Decisions at Southern Cal Strongly Favor White Men, Data in Complaint Suggest 1

David Zentz for The Chronicle

Data on tenure decisions in departments of the U. of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences show that 92 percent of white men but only 55 percent of women and professors from minority groups were awarded tenure from 1998 to 2012.

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David Zentz for The Chronicle

Data on tenure decisions in departments of the U. of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences show that 92 percent of white men but only 55 percent of women and professors from minority groups were awarded tenure from 1998 to 2012.

A female professor at the University of Southern California has filed a federal discrimination complaint against the institution, saying that the decision this year to deny her tenure fits a longstanding pattern in the university's humanities and social-sciences departments of promoting white men at much higher rates than women and members of minority groups.

Mai'a K. Davis Cross, an assistant professor of international relations, is of native Hawaiian and Asian ancestry. Her